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Comets varsity spikers make it eight in a row

It wasn’t the best match the Halifax County High School volleyball team team had played this season, but it was good enough. The Comets were stretched to a tiebreaking fifth game, but prevailed over Randolph-Henry High School to notch their eighth straight win and run their season record to 8-1.

“We were off a little bit,” said Comets Head Coach Steve Mattox.

“We started out flat and it took us awhile to get going. These kids have confidence that even when they’re down a game or two that they can pull themselves out of it. It’s kind of nice, but it makes me go crazy.”

All five games were close. Randolph-Henry won the first game 27-25 only to see the Comets rally to win the second game 25-18. The Statesmen went up 2-1 with a 25-22 win in the third game.

The Comets evened up the match with a 25-21 win in the fourth game and used that momentum to take the fifth game 15-9 to win the match.

“They’re a good, solid team,” Mattox said of Randolph-Henry High School.

“When we played them at their place, it went four games and the games were real tight. I knew they were very capable of staying with us for five games.”

Mattox said he felt his team could have wrapped up the match without having to go to a tiebreaker had he not tried something different in the third game, which the Comets lost.

“I tried mixing things up a little bit and, while we were real close, it didn’t seem to work,” Mattox noted.

Errors were key to the Comets’ struggles in the match.

“We don’t usually make this many errors,” Mattox pointed out.

“We made a lot of errors, hitting errors, digging errors, and didn’t have a high percentage serving. We usually have a high percentage serving. We can’t do that when we get into Western Valley District play.”

Comets senior Melyse Brown had nine kills in 18 attempts and had two blocks in the game. Jamilia Smith logged eight kills and three blocks. Kelsey Williams had five kills.

Jameshia Smith had 13 service points in the game, including five aces. Kate Bane had nine service points with six aces.

Kelsey White posted six service points and Jill Trickey had four service points. Trickey led the team in setting with an 88 percent mark.

The Comets will be back in action Monday night when they travel to Roxboro, N.C. to face Person High School in a 6:30 p.m. contest.

Halifax County High School’s only loss this season came at the hands of Person High School in the season-opener.