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Halifax varsity spikers solid in sweep

After losing two straight matches at the Altavista Invitational a week ago and almost losing in five games against Park View on Tuesday, the Comet’s varsity volleyball team needed a momentum boost Thursday at home against Gretna. Halifax got what it needed in a three-game sweep of the Hawks by 25-18, 25-17 and 25-17 scores.

The Comets seemed more relaxed against Gretna and didn’t appear is if they were trying to press the issue the way they did against Park View, according to coach Steve Mattox.

“The kids were relaxed, and the difference between Gretna and Park View is Park View pushed and tipped so many balls we got out of our rhythm and never really could regain it,” he explained.

“Greta was going for shots.  They dug up as many shots as Park View did, but they weren’t doing as many dunks.

“It was nice tonight, because some of the stuff we’ve been working on since Altavista came together.”

Kate Bane, one of two primary setters for the Comets along with sister, Meg, had a good all-around match against Gretna, finishing with six service aces, 18 service points, 23 good serves and 37 good sets.

Kelsy Williams had three aces, 10 good serves and 15 good passes, and Jordan Miller reached double figures in kills with 10.

Whitney White and Williams each had one block for the Comets, who had more energy and moved better on the court against Gretna than it has in recent matches.

The Comets got to areas where they could get a good dig on the ball, according to Mattox.

“The service game was okay, not great, but good, and I would have liked to have seen more kills, but it’s one step at a time,” he commented.

“Setting, again, with Meg and Kate was solid,” Mattox added, noting his team’s passing game was also improved over Park View, with Kendall Lloyd leading the way with 20 effective passes.

“We did some things with Whitney on the back row, and we tried a couple of different things in different places, but I’m happy with several things, most notably foot movement and getting to the point of the ball.”

The Comets do no play again until an away match at Person High School Sept. 26, leaving a lot of practice time to get ready for the Rockets.

“If they come in with the right mindset at practice, we can go into Person at play with them, but it’s all about practice and having the right mindset there,” noted Mattox.

Stats

Service Aces: Kate Bane six; Williams three; Miller two; Lloyd, Gabrielle Spainhour, Lindsey Wilkins, Lloyd one

Good Serves: Kate Bane 23; Williams 10; Chris Bradshaw, Miller eight; Lloyd four; Spainhour two; Megan Puckett, Wilkins one

Service Points: Kate Bane 18; Williams seven; Bradshaw five; Miller, Lloyd four; Spainhour, Wilkins one

Kills: Miller 10; Spainhour two; White, Lloyd, Williams one

Attacks: Miller 23; Williams seven; Lloyd five; White three; Wilkins two; Kate Bane one

Good Passes: Lloyd 20; Williams 15; Autumn McFadden, Miller 11; Spainhour five; Bradshaw four; Puckett two; White one

Good Sets: Kate Bane 37; Meg Bane 18; Lloyd one

Blocks: White, Williams one