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Comets perform well in volleyball scrimmage

The Comets’ varsity volleyball team performed well against Heritage in its initial scrimmage of the 2011 season Tuesday at home, winning three of four games and collecting 23 service aces along the way. Game one went to the Comets by a 25-17 score, and game two went the distance and then some, with Halifax winning 29-27.

The Comets won game three with a 25-14 score before dropping game four 25-23.

Jordan Miller finished with 12 service aces, 10 in one game, while Kelsy Williams had five, Kate Bane three and Miyana Ross, Kendall Lloyd, Autumn McFadden and Lindsey Wilkins finished with a service ace apiece, one of several stats that coach Steve Mattox noted after the scrimmage.

“Heritage has a solid program, and they have improved since last year,” said Mattox.

“This year, I think they are a stronger team, and our girls were a little out of their element.

“We’ve been practicing a 6-2, a different type of offense, but we had to go back to a 5-1, which is what we ran last year.”
The 6-2 offense features two setters instead of one, but the Comets played the scrimmage without Meg Bane, one of its primary setters, Mattox explained.

“We had to drop back to one setter, and it changed the aspect of what we had been working on,” said Mattox.

“I think they did real well for not having worked on it in practice.

That caused a few issues early, according to Mattox, but the Comets adjusted and had solid performances in several areas.

“We served fantastic,” Mattox noted.  “Jordan Miller caught fire with 10 aces in a game, which is excellent, and all the way around we served fantastic.

“I think it’s going to be one of our strong points.”

Passing has been somewhat of an issue in practice, but the Comets did well with that during the scrimmage, and strikers Miller, Williams and Lloyd finished with a total of 17 kills at the net.

“I think we passed better than I would have imagined, because we’ve had a couple of issues with the passing game,” said Mattox.

“The kills were there, and Jordan, Kelsy and Kendall all had good looks at the ball, good hits and good placement.”

Kate Bane, projected as the Comets other primary setter, set a great game against Heritage, according to Mattox.

“I’m especially proud of the freshmen and sophomores, they really picked it up, and I think they did a really good job.”
“What’s really good to see is the upper classmen really helping them out a lot,” added Mattox.

“I think those young ones will help us out quite a bit down the road.”

Match stats
Aces: Jordan Miller 12; Kelsy Williams five; Kate Bane three; Miyana Ross, Kendall Lloyd, Autumn McFadden, Lindsey Wilkins one
Good Serves: Miller 19; Williams 18; Bane 11; Lloyd eight; Chris Bradshaw, Ross, McFadden, Gabrielle Spainhour, Wilkins two; Megan Puckett, Whitney White one
Service Points: Miller 15; Williams 11; Bane seven; Lloyd five; Wilkins two; Bradshaw, Puckett, Ross one
Kills: Lloyd seven; Miller six; Williams four; Wilkins two; Bane, Spainhour one
Attacks: Williams 12; Lloyd, Miller 11; Wilkins eight; Spainhour five; White two
Good Passes: Williams 17; Lloyd 16; McFadden 12; Bradshaw nine; Miller eight; Ross five; Spainhour, Wilkins one
Good Sets: Bane 71; Williams, Wilkins two; Lloyd one
Blocks: Miller, White two; Lloyd one