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Comets varsity spikers drop match to Person High

The Comets’ varsity volleyball team and coach Steve Mattox are still looking for that signature win over Person High School after the Rockets took three straight games from the Comets Tuesday in a non-district match played at Comets Gym. Halifax County held as much as a 15-7 lead in game one, but Person went on a 14-1 run and ultimately prevailed 25-19, despite the Comets pulling to within 21-19 late in the game.

Games two and three weren’t as close, with Person leading by as many as 10 early on in game two.  Halifax rallied to within four at 20-16, but Person scored the last five points of the game to win 25-16.

The Comets never led in game three.  They pulled to within three points at 8-5 early on, but Person pulled away to a 25-11 win that sealed the match win.

His team can only get better by playing teams like Person, traditionally a strong program that makes it to the state playoffs most every year, according to Comets’ coach Steve Mattox.

“It was a disappointing loss, but we’d like to play them as much as we can, because we can only get better,” he said.

“I thought in game one we were pretty competitive, had a quite a bit of a lead and dropped it.

“Game two we were fairly competitive, and game three was not very good.

“All in all, I think we worked real hard and hustled a lot, and the girls played every point out for the most part.”

Inconsistent serving and unforced errors were two things that ultimately led to the loss, according to Mattox.

“Honestly, we were working hard, they (Person) was just in a good transition flow, they served well and we served one and out,” he explained.

“You just can’t do that, and we talked about it in practice, but sometimes it doesn’t transition from practice to a ball game.

“That’s been one of the things from last season we really need to work, unforced errors.

“I showed them tape of games we lost against really good teams where we made way too many unforced errors.

“They really hurt you, serves into the net and missed service opportunities that go out of bounds.

“There are things you can’t do against quality teams, and we didn’t have as many in game one.

“But, game two they creeped in and game three they were everywhere.”

Stats

Service Aces: Kendall Lloyd four; Autumn McFadden two; Kate Bane, Chris Bradshaw, Jordan Miller

Good Serves: Lloyd, Bradshaw 10; Kate Bane eight; McFadden six; Kelsy Williams, Miller three; Meg Bane one

Service Points: Lloyd nine; Bradshaw seven; Kate Bane four; McFadden, Miller three

Kills: Miller four; Whitney White two; Kate Bane, Lloyd, Williams, Gabrielle Spainhour one

Attacks: Miller 11; Williams 10; White six; Spainhour five; Lloyd two; Bradshaw one

Good Passes: Lloyd 13; Miller, McFadden eight; Williams seven; Bradshaw six; Spainhour two; White one

Good Sets: Kate Bane 28; Meg Bane 14; Lloyd two