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Halifax falls to Person in volleyball district tune-up

With their Western Valley District opener on the horizon tomorrow against William Fleming, the Comets’ varsity volleyball team was looking for a solid performance against a perennially strong Person High School team Monday in Roxboro. Results weren’t exactly to their liking, as the Rockets won in three games, 25-13, 25-10, 25-23, dropping the Comets’ season record to 5-4.

Chris Bradshaw led Halifax County with nine effective serves and four service points, Jordan Miller had 12 attacks, and Kendall Lloyd and Autumn McFadden each finished with 13 effective passes.

Meg Bane and Kate Bane finished with 19 and 17 effective sets, respectively, for Halifax, which played a better match overall than the scores indicated, according to Coach Steve Mattox.

“We played really well, and the game one score is not indicative of how well we played,” said Mattox.

“I saw a lot of good things in game one.  We passed really well, served well, and our foot movement and communication were good.

“We tried something different, putting Whitney White on their strong outside hitter, and she did a great job, getting a bunch of blocks on her and making her adjust her shot.”

However, Person had the services of another primary hitter not available in the teams’ prior match at Halifax, and she was a big factor in the outcome, Mattox explained.

“We contained the girl who beat us here, but we had a hard time containing the other one,” he pointed out.

“Game two we were up and down, and we just didn’t play up to par, but game three was ours to win, continued Mattox.

“We made a couple of mistakes when it was 23-all, and it opened the door for them.”

Person County, one of the strongest teams Mattox and the Comets play annually, is a good barometer of where Halifax stands as it enters district play.

“Person County is one of those teams you want to play a lot.  They have a tremendous program, and you have to play up to your potential,” noted Mattox.

“It was a good match heading into districts, and we showed we can hang with a Person County-type team.

“I think it gets us in the right mindset.  We have some things we need to work on, but I feel confident, and I think the team got a lot of confidence last night.”



w Service Aces: Autumn McFadden one

w Good Serves: Bradshaw nine; Lloyd, Kelsy Williams seven; Autumn McFadden five; Kate Bane, Jordan Miller four; Meg Bane two

w Service Points: Bradshaw four; Lloyd, Williams, McFadden three; Miller two

w Kills: Whitney White, Williams four; Lloyd three; Kate Bane, Miller two; Lindsey Wilkins one

w Attacks: Miller 12; Lloyd nine; Williams seven; White five; Gabrielle Spainhour, Wilkins two; Kate Bane one

w Good Passes: Lloyd, McFadden 13; Williams 11; Miller eight; Bradshaw seven; Kate Bane one

w Good Sets: Meg Bane 19; Kate Bane 17; Wilkins, Miller one

w Blocks: White, Lloyd one