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Comets spikers fall to Franklin County

The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team fell to Franklin County High School in four games here Thursday night, ending regular-season play with a third-place finish in the Western Valley District standings. Halifax County High School (11-9 overall, 4-4 district) will get another chance at defeating Franklin County High School Tuesday night when the two teams face each other in the first round of the Western Valley District Tournament at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke.

“I think we have a lot of confidence,” Comets Head Coach Steve Mattox said of his team in the wake of Thursday’s match which went four games, with the Comets falling short by just two points in the deciding fourth game.

“There is no doubt in our minds that we can compete with them. It’s going to be tough in Roanoke. But you never know. It’s hard to beat a team three times. The key for us is serving well and breaking serve. We can’t be dropping four and five points behind.”

Falling behind in spurts of four to five points hampered the Comets’ effort in Thursday night’s Senior Night contest.

Franklin County pulled out a close win in the opening game by a 25-23 score. The Comets lost the second game 25-19, but rallied to win game three by a score of 25-19.

Halifax County rallied late in the fourth game, only to have a bad serve give Franklin County High School the game-winning point.

“I was very happy with their performance,” Mattox said of his team.

“They all played well. You could see they were very hungry to win this match. It’s a big letdown because we didn’t get the win, but I couldn’t be more proud of the way they played tonight.

“We definitely competed,” added Mattox.

“We could have rolled over that fourth game, but we fought back into it. There is no telling what could have happened if Jordan had hit that last serve.”

Kelsy Williams led the Comets in service points with 10, with Kate Bane and Jordan Miller each getting seven service points. Miller also had 18 kills and 28 attacks in the match.

The Comets will open Tuesday’s Western Valley District Tournament with a match against Franklin County High School at 5:30 p.m. Regular-season champion Patrick Henry High School will face either William Fleming High School or GW at 7 p.m.

Tuesday night’s winners will face each other in the championship game on Thursday.

Match results

Game Scores: FC 25-23, FC 25-19, HC 25-19, FC 25-23

HCHS Individual Stats

Kate Bane – 14 good serves, 7 service points, 8 good passes, 1 good set

Meg Bane – 1 ace, 10 good serves, 6 service points, 4 kills 2 attacks, 2 good passes, 52 good sets

Whitney White – 5 kills, 10 attacks, 3 blocks

Kendall Lloyd – 1 ace, 10 good serves, 6 service points, 6 kills, 12 attacks, 15 good passes

Kelsey Williams – 3 aces, 15 good serves, 10 service points, 4 kills, 11 attacks, 16 good passes, 1 good set

Autumn McFadden – 1 ace, 8 good serves, 4 service points, 14 good passes,

Gabrielle Spainhour – 1 attack

Lindsey Wilkins – 1 kill, 4 attacks, 1 block

Jordan Miller – 3 aces, 12 good serves, 7 service points, 18 kills, 28 attacks, 24 good passes, 2 good sets, 2 blocks