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Lions spikers win conference opening round

 

Nine players went a combined 55 for 72 behind the service line, and the Halifax County Middle School volleyball team won its conference opener Thursday against the E.W Wyatt Middle School Panthers in Emporia. Halifax won game one easily 25-10 and followed that with 25-15 and 25-8 wins in games two and three to wrap up the match in three straight games.

The Lions came out strong for their first conference match, according to Coach Jennifer Trent, with the service game a big key.

“Megan Nunn served 15 points today, while Cecilie Elliott served 14 points,” said Trent.

“I was happy to see them kind of settle in with their serving.  Wyatt had a difficult time returning the serve and getting the ball back over the net.”

Taylor Barnes had three kills, while Denia Rauls and Sierra Nunn each had two kills at the net for Halifax, Nunn led the setters with three assists, Trent noted.

“We did have a few miscommunications on the court that we’ll have to work on,” explained Trent.

“We also need to work with mixing up the offense a bit by getting more sets out to the outside hitters.  We worked pretty hard on the serving on Wednesday in practice and the net play.

“I’m seeing some positive improvement in those two areas.”

Stats

Christy McFadden: 1/2 serving

Haley Wooding: Good front row play

Mackenzie Lawter: 1/2 serving, two assists

Laurel Jennings: 4/5 serving, one kill

Megan Nunn: 15/19 serving, three assists

Cecilie Elliott: 14/18 serving, two aces

Madison Puryear: two assists

Amber Moore: 10/12 serving

Taylor Barnes: 8/9 serving, three kills

Rose Spainhour: Good back row play

Denia Rauls: 1/2 serving, two kills

Sierra Nunn: two kills

Heather Griles: 1/3 serving