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Halifax varsity spikers subdue Chatham

It took awhile, but the Comets’ varsity volleyball team found its comfort zone and ultimately subdued Chatham to win its season-opener Tuesday at home in three straight games, 27-25, 25-16, 25-16. Chris Bradshaw finished with four service aces and 11 effective serves for Halifax County, and Kelsy Williams had one service ace and 12 effective serves, while primary setters Kate Bane and Meg Bane combined for 75 effective sets.

Halifax County got off to a slow start against a solid Chatham team, according to coach Steve Mattox.

“Chatham was a tough team,” said Mattox.  “Defensively, they dug up a lot of balls, and they played really hard.

“We came out a little flat in game one, but give it up to Chatham, they came out ready to play, and as far as the rhythm of the game they took it to us.

“We were playing their game, but once we found our rhythm we pulled that first game out.”

Chatham scored the first five points of game one and led 7-2 before the Comets got back into contention, drawing even at 10-10 and eventually getting their first lead at 16-15.

Halifax rallied from a 21-18 deficit but trailed 24-25, before it scored three straight points to win the first game.

Chatham also held the early advantage in game two before the Comets caught up, tying the game at 10-10 and eventually pulling away for the win.

Halifax County led early in game three and kept the pressure on the entire game, pulling away to the win that clinched the match.

Mattox noted his team’s tenacity in rebounding from early deficits the first two games, with serving a key factor.

“The service game was fairly solid,” Mattox explained.

“Chris Bradshaw and a couple of others stepped up, and the main ones, Jordan, Kendall, Kelsy and Meg had pretty solid serves.

“But, it’s nice when others step up, and Chris did so tonight.”

The placement of the ball in serving is just as important as the velocity, he added.

“We served a little more smartly tonight and hit the spots.”

A win to start the season is always good for momentum, but the Comets still have some work to do in order to reach their potential, Mattox continued.

“Anytime you can start with a “W”, its great,” he said.  “We still have a lot of work to do, and once these girls find their rhythm and get on a roll, we’ll be fairly hard to beat.

“We’ve played two scrimmages against two quality teams and Chatham has a good, quality team.

“Of course, when you play teams like that, you’re going to get better.

“That’s what we’re looking for.”

Halifax County-Chatham

• Service Aces: Chris Bradshaw four; Jordan Miller three; Kendall Lloyd, Autumn McFadden two; Meg Bane, Kelsy Williams one
• Good Serves: Williams 12; Bradshaw 11; Lloyd 10; McFadden seven; Miller, Kate Bane five; Meg Bane four
• Service Points: Bradshaw nine; Williams seven; McFadden six; Miller five; Meg Bane three; Kate Bane two
• Kills: Miller 10; Lloyd, Gabrielle Spainhour four; Williams three
• Attacks: Miller 24; Lloyd eight; Williams seven; Spainhour five; Whitney White two
• Good Passes: Lloyd 17; Miller 14; Williams 13; McFadden seven; Bradshaw four; Meg Bane, Spainhour one
• Good Sets: Kate Bane 29; Meg Bane 24; Williams, Spainhour, Miller one
• Blocks: White, Lloyd two; Williams one