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Varisty spikers split pair of games


The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team earned a split in this week’s contests, falling to Franklin County High School in three games Tuesday night in Rocky Mount and using a win in a decisive fifth game to edge Park View High School in South Hill Wednesday night.

This week’s split puts the Comets’ record at 8-6 overall and 2-2 in Western Valley District play.


Tuesday’s Western Valley District game against Franklin County High School was the more important of the two contests, but the Comets did not fare as well as had been hoped, falling to the Eagles in three straight losses by scores of 25-15, 25-23 and 25-15.

“We didn’t play badly, it was just some of the little things we didn’t do, and we didn’t take advantage of their weakness like we should,” said Comets Head Coach Steve Mattox.

“They (Franklin County) dug up a lot of their kills. Our front row ladies were putting the ball down pretty well, it’s just that they were digging them up. Defensively, they were better than us.”

There were several momentum swings in Wednesday night’s contest against park View High School.

After losing the first game 25-19, the Comets rallied to win two straight games by scores of 25-21 and 25-18.

Park View came back and played the Comets tough in the fourth game, pulling out a 26-24 win. Halifax County got back on track in the deciding fifth game of the best-of-five-game match and pulled off a 15-7 win.

“It’s good to get a win there after coming home from Franklin County, but its tough to play back-to-back games, mentally and physically,” Mattox pointed out.

“The (game) stats were off the charts, and the girls played well, but they (Park View) just dug up a lot of balls.”

Mattox noted that the match in South Hill was much like the match when the two teams met here earlier this season.

“It was the same scenario,” the Comets coach said, “we went five games, except we won the first one here.

“It’s one of those things were we didn’t play smart at the beginning,” added Mattox.

“They (Park View) were covering the center of the court and leaving the alleys wide open. It took us until game three to figure it out. In game five, we definitely showed them where the hole was, and the gaps down the line were open all night.”

Franklin County 3 Halifax County 0

Scores: 25-15, 25-23, 25-15

Individual Stats

Kate Bane: 1 ace, 6 good serves, 4 service points, 1 kill, 12 good sets

Chris Bradshaw: 7 good passes

Meg Bane: 38 good sets, 2 good serves

Whitney White: 2 kills, 6 attacks, 3 good passes, 5 blocks

Kendall Lloyd: 3 aces, 9 good serves, 3 service points, 3 kills, 11 attacks, 9 good passes

Kelsy Williams: 8 good serves, 3 service points,  2 kills, 9 attacks, 19 good passes, 1 good set, 2 blocks

Autumn McFadden: 8 good serves, 4 service points, 12 good passes

Gabrielle Spainhour: 3 attacks

Lindsey Wilkins: 2 kills, 3 attacks, 1 good set, 1 block

Jordan Miller: 1 ace, 5 good serves, 2 service points, 8 kills, 18 attacks, 15 good passes, 2 blocks

Halifax Co. 3 Park View 2

Scores: PV 25-19, HC 25-21, HC 25-18, PV 26-24, HC 15-7

Individual Stats

Kate Bane: 1 ace, 15 good serves, 10 service points, 24 good passes, 3 sets

Chris Bradshaw: 1 good serve, 1 kill, 1 attack, 3 good passes

Meg Bane: 2 aces, 14 good serves, 9 service points, 1 kill, 1 attack, 7 good passes, 48 good sets

Whitney White: 1 kill, 7 attacks, 7 blocks

Kendall Lloyd:13 good serves, 5 service points, 15 kills, 28 attacks, 30 good passes, 1 good set

Kelsy Williams: 2 aces, 12 good serves, 5 service points, 12 kills, 19 attacks, 31 good passes, 1 good set, 1 block

Autumn McFadden: 1 ace, 12 good serves, 7 service points, 32 good passes, 1 good set

Gabrielle Spainhour2 kills, 6 attacks, 5 good passes

Lindsey Wilkins: 2 kills, 4 attacks, 2 good passes

Jordan Miller: 5 aces, 19 good serves, 15 service points, 21 kills, 36 attacks, 21 good passes, 4 good sets