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Lions win second straight conference crown

The Halifax County Middle School volleyball team won its second straight Southside Middle School Conference Tournament championship here Saturday, defeating both Powhatan Junior High School and Park View Middle School in three straight games in best-of-five-game matches. Saturday’s pair of wins completed a perfect season for the Lions, a season in which the team did not lose a game enroute to compiling a 13-0 conference record and an overall record of 17-0.

“It’s a rare season where, as a coach, I can say we went undefeated, didn’t even lose a single game,” said Lions Head Coach Jennifer Trent.

“I may have done it once before, but it doesn’t happen very often. These girls played together as a team and are truly friends on and off the court. It was my pleasure to coach them this year and be a part of such a successful team.”

The Lions swept Powhatan Junior High School by scores of 25-12, 25-6 and 25-17 in the day’s first semi-final game.

“Powhatan never really seemed to get it together in order to put up an offense against us,” Trent pointed out.

“Everything was clicking with the serving, passing, and the spiking.”

Taylor Barnes and Cecilie Elliott combined for 17 kills during the match. Megan Nunn had a good serving game, serving 20 of 21 points. Madison Puryear and Nunn combined for 21 assists.

The win propelled the Lions into the championship game against Park View Middle School, which defeated Nottoway Middle School in five games in the other semi-final game. Halifax County Middle School staged a strong performance in championship match as well, defeating Park View Middle School by scores of 25-12, 25-22 and 25-17 to win the tournament.

The Lions got off to a quick start and handily won the first game. Game two wasn’t as easy, despite the fact that the Lions jumped out to a 10-1 lead. Park View rallied to tie the game, but the Lions were able to put the game away at the end.

“My girls were struggling to get a good pass to the setter and get an offense going,” Trent pointed out.

“It seemed we were constantly on defense and Park View was on offense the whole time. Out of all the teams we play, Park View definitely has a good net game. They have blockers and the height to go head-to-head with my girls at the net. Sometimes, they came out on top and sometimes we did.”

Laurel Jennings came up with some crucial points toward the end of the game to help the Lions put the game away. Barnes had 4 kills during the game, and Elliott served well with eight points.

The Lions had things in hand throughout the third and deciding game and were able to secure the win and the tournament championship.

“I definitely felt the girls had more control in the third game than in the previous game,” noted the Lions coach.

“It wasn’t a runaway, but they never had that moment where it could have gone either way.”

Results

SEMI-FINAL MATCH

Scores: Halifax Co. 25-12, Halifax Co. 25-6, Halifax Co. 25-17

Individual Stats

Christy McFadden - Good back row play

Haley Wooding - Good front row play

Mackenzie Lawter - Good back row play

Laurel Jennings – 5-7 serving, 1 kill

Megan Nunn – 20-21 serving, 10 assists

Cecilie Elliott – 12-14 serving, 8 kills

Madison Puryear - 11 assists

Amber Moore – 4-5 serving

Taylor Barnes – 9-12 serving, 9 kills

Rose Spainhour - Good back row play

Denia Rauls – 6-8 serving, 2 kills

Sierra Nunn - 1 kill

Heather Griles - 1 kill

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Team Scores: Halifax Co. 25-12, Halifax Co. 25-22, Halifax Co. 25-17

Individual Stats

Christy McFadden - Good back row play

Haley Wooding - Good back row play

Mackenzie Lawter - Good back row play

Laurel Jennings – 10-13 serving, 1 kill

Megan Nunn – 5-6 serving, 5 assists

Cecilie Elliott – 14-16 serving, 1 kill, 4 aces

Madison Puryear - 6 assists

Amber Moore – 4-7 serving

Taylor Barnes – 9-12 serving, 9 kills

Rose Spainhour - Good back row play

Denia Rauls – 15-16 serving, 4 kills

Sierra Nunn - Good front row play

Heather Griles - Good back row play