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Comets spikers follow loss with victory

The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team had its hands full in Thursday’s Western Valley District contest against district leader Patrick Henry High School. While the Comets did not win the match, they did win a game in the best-of-five-game match that went four games.

The Patriots topped the Comets 25-15 and 25-11 respectively in the first two games. But the Comets, playing some of their best volleyball of the season, came back to beat the Patriots 25-17 in the third game.

Halifax County High School never got going in the fourth game, falling behind 6-0 at the outset, then trailing 19-7 before having to settle for a 25-11 loss in the game that gave the Patriots the overall match win.

Despite the loss, Comets Head Coach Steve Mattox was pleased with his team’s effort.

“We played them much better here than we did in Roanoke, “ Mattox pointed out, “played them with a lot more confidence. Overall, we played well. We kept the unforced errors down in games two and three, which is what you have to do to stay in competition with them.”

Thursday’s game win marked one of the few times a Halifax County High School has taken a game from Patrick Henry High School in the years Mattox has coached the team.

“I don’t think we’ve taken but two games from Patrick Henry ever,” Mattox noted.

“It’s nice to take a game from them. It’s nicer to beat them, but you have to start somewhere.”

Kendall Lloyd led the Comets in service points with eight, while Kate Bane had five. Jordan Miller had eight kills and 22 attacks to lead both of those categories. Meg Bane was credited with 50 good sets.

The Comets got themselves back on track here Friday night, downing Magna Vista High School in the final game of the best-of-five-game match to pick up the win.

Halifax County won the first game 25-8, lost the second game 27-25 and won the third game 25-20 to take a 2-1 lead.

Magna Vista rallied to win the fourth game to keep the match alive, but the Comets prevailed 15-11 in the fifth and deciding game to take the match win.

Friday night’s win the Comets’ record to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in Western Valley District play.

“If you saw game one you wouldn’t think it would be a battle, but it sure ended up that way,” said Mattox.

I guess its just high school athletics.  You have an easy game at 25-8 and you just let down your defenses and think it’s going to be a walk in the park, but it turns into a full-scale battle.”