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High school spikers tested by Park View

Coming off a disappointing performance at the Altavista Invitational last weekend, the Comet’s varsity volleyball team was looking to rebound with a solid win at home Tuesday against Park View.

The Comets got the win, but it took five games, with Halifax trailing the majority of the first game before winning 25-22.

 

Park View built a big lead and cruised to a 25-13 win in game two and grabbed a 25-20 win in game three, before Halifax evened the match at two game wins apiece with a solid 25-13 win in game four.

The Comets gave up a big lead in the fifth and deciding game, with Park View serving for the match at one point, but key plays with the match in the balance gave Halifax a 17-15 win.

It all came down to making adjustments against a team with a different style of play than what the Comets anticipated, according to coach Steve Mattox.

“Park View played a tempo of ball we weren’t used to, an off-speed tempo with a lot of dumping, and it caught us really flat-footed,” admitted Mattox.

“We definitely need to work on our footwork, but it’s good because we had the opportunity to work with it tonight.”

Mattox gave kudos to the Dragons for a competitive, match-long effort against his team.

“If you look at both sides of the court, we had a lot more weapons, but they (Park View) played very smart volleyball,” Mattox explained.

“They weren’t intimidated.  “We knew going in they were going to do some off-speed stuff, a lot of dumping, and it hurt us.”

Jordan Miller, the Comets’ strong side hitter, had another good night with a key play late to help the Comets win game five and the match.

The junior finished with 23 kills, eight service points, seven service aces and 33 attacks.

“Jordan is our go-to person, our strong side hitter, and we’ll be relying on her a lot once we hit districts,” said Mattox.

“She’s worked hard to get where she is.”

Mattox knows the sky’s the limit for the Comets if they play up to their potential, and there’s time remaining before district play to iron out some inconsistencies.

“We’re 4-3 right now, and in all honesty we should be 6-1 if we’d played up to our potential,” he noted.

Halifax has a potent service game, but Tuesday was an off night, he added.

“We’re passing in the 80 percentile, but they’re not clean passes.  We make unforced errors at the wrong times, and it gives the other team momentum.”

Still, Mattox is confident his team will be a contender in the district race.

We’re going to be there and be a competitor in our district,” he explained.

Stats

Service Aces: Miller seven; Kelsy Williams four; Chris Bradshaw, Meg Bane three; Kate Bane two; Kendall Lloyd one

Good Serves: Bradshaw 17; Williams 15; Miller 12; Meg Bane nine; Kate Bane eight; Lloyd seven; Gabrielle Spainhour two; Autumn McFadden one

Service Points: Williams 12; Miller, Bradshaw, Miller eight; Meg Bane, Lloyd five; Kate Bane two; Spainhour one

Kills: Miller 23; Williams seven; Whitney White six; Spainhour two; Meg Bane, Lindsey Wilkins one

Attacks: Miller 33; Williams 15; White, Lloyd nine; Meg Bane four; Spainhour, Wilkins three; Kate Bane one

Good Passes: Williams 26; Miller 16; Lloyd 15; McFadden 14; Bradshaw 13; Meg Bane seven; Kate Bane four; Spainhour two; Megan Puckett, Wilkins one

Good Sets: Kate Bane 43; Meg Bane 29; Wilkins two; Miller one