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Comets spikers edge GW

It took four games, but the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team was able to defeat GW of Danville here Thursday night and pick up its second district win of the season. The Comets picked up a 25-13 win in the opening game, but found themselves in a tough tussle in the two games that followed. Halifax County prevailed 25-21 in the second game, only to see GW battle back to win the third game 25-18 to avoid a sweep. Getting back on track, the Comets won the fourth game 25-8 to win the best-of-five game match.

Thursday night’s win improved the Comets’ record to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in Western Valley District play.

“They (GW) have improved day and night,” pointed out Comets Head Coach Steve Mattox.

“GW has always had athletes. They apparently have the right fit and the right coach, and they have made a huge improvement over what they have shown the last six seasons.”

Mattox said he was happy to get the win, but wants to see more out of his team effort-wise.

“I’m really happy with the ladies pulling out a win,” Mattox pointed out.

“Effort-wise I expect more out of them. This team is very capable of doing real well. I don’t know if they know how good they can be. I expect more out of them and I expect them to play hard every point.”

The Comets’ coach attributed his team’s loss in game three to an issue the team has had throughout the season – a lack of foot movement.

“I think we may have been complacent in that game, and our foot movement died out,” explained Mattox.

“They (the opposing teams) are putting the ball in the hole, and we’re lunging for balls. We’re not moving our feet well. That seems to be what our issue has been all season.”

Kendall Lloyd continued her recent string of strong performances. Lloyd scored 19 service points and had 20 good serves including four aces. In addition, she had 25 good passes, two good sets, nine attacks and five kills.

“Kendall Lloyd has impressed me the last two games,” Mattox remarked.

“Her serve and her confidence is exploding. Jordan (Miller) has been off a little bit the last two games. But her (Lloyd’s) serves are fantastic. Her confidence is way up there.”

Thursday night’s game was the team’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night game. The team, with the help of the Halifax County High School Volleyball Booster Club, sought donations and raised funds through the sale of T-shirts to make a donation to the Halifax County Cancer Association.

“It’s always nice to see these ladies take up this challenge,” Mattox said.

“They really get into it and it’s a very worthwhile cause. They did a great job selling shirts and doing the things they did to raise money. I hope they are never in that situation, but they could be. It’s a life lesson, and that’s a part of what you learn in athletics in high school.”

The Comets will be involved in another Breast Cancer Awareness Night event Tuesday when they travel to Rocky Mount to face Franklin County High School in a Western Valley District contest.

Tuesday’s night’s game, which has been dubbed the “Dig Pink Game” by Franklin County High School, is set for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Results

Game Scores: HC 25-13, HC 25-21, GW 25-18, HC 25-8 – HC wins match 3-1

HCHS Individual Stats

Kate Bane: 4 aces, 12 good serves, 10 service points, 25 good sets

Chris Bradshaw: 8 good serves, 5 service points, 1 attack, 11 good passes, 1 good set

Meg Bane: 6 good serves, 4 service points, 4 good passes, 25 good sets

Whitney White: 4 kills, 11 attacks, 1 good pass, 5 blocks

Kendall Lloyd: 4 aces, 30 good serves, 19 service points, 5 kills, 9 attacks, 25 good passes, 2 good sets, 3 blocks

Kelsy Williams: 1 ace, 13 good serves, 11 service points, 7 kills, 16 attacks, 14 good passes, 2 good sets

Autumn McFadden: 1 ace, 4 good serves, 1 service point, 13 good passes,

Gabrielle Spainhour: 2 good serves, 1 service point, 2 kills, 5 attacks, 1 good pass, 1 block

Lindsey Wilkins: 3 attacks, 3 blocks

Jordan Miller: 1 ace, 9 good serves, 6 service points, 12 kills, 28 attacks, 8 good passes