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Comets capture Senior Night win

Volleyball is a game of momentum, and the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team grabbed it at the right time Tuesday against GW High School to win on Senior Night.

Halifax County pulled away late to win game one 25-14, but GW surged to as much as a 19-6 lead in game two, a game in which a Comets’ rally fell short after they crept to within four points late in the game at 24-20.

GW held the upper hand for most of game three and led 20-13 before Halifax seized the momentum, scoring nine of the next 12 points to pull to within one point at 22-23. The Comets staved off two match points and GW one before Halifax completed the rally for a 27-25 win.

That momentum carried over into game four, and the Comets were in control the entire way to win by a 25-10 score to close out the match.

Senior outside hitters Kelsy Williams and Kendall Lloyd each finished with five service aces to lead the Comets, while senior outside hitter Jordan Miller, senior setter Meg Bane and senior back row player Autumn McFadden each had 11 good serves.

Williams and Miller each had a team-leading 10 service points, and Bane tallied 70 good sets to lead Halifax, while Miller totaled 25 attacks and Williams 33 good passes, both team highs.

Senior setter Cori Campbell contributed one service ace, good serve, service point and attack, in addition to four good passes.

Sophomore middle hitter Whitney White finished with five blocks to lead the Comets, now 5-2 in the Western Valley District and 12-6 overall with one match remaining in the regular season, 

Halifax ran across a determined GW team that required a solid effort from her squad to pull out a win, according to Head Coach Tiffaney White.

“They’re a good program, and we got a little lax the second game,” said White.

“We started playing like the other team and not our game, which is bump, set spike.”

“We gave them eight points off missed serves in the first game,” added White.

“I have to give it to them (GW), they came out playing in game two, and once we got down we continued to let bad plays affect us.”

The third game proved to be the pivotal game of the match, White pointed out.

“It’s actually mental with them, and I told them stop looking at them and play your game.”

The momentum finally changed when the Comets told themselves they had to win game three, added White.

“They said to me in the huddle they took them (GW) lightly, so they picked it up in the third game and switched the momentum up.”

Stats

w Service Aces: Lloyd, Williams five; Chris Bradshaw, Bane, Gabrielle Spainhour, Miller three; Campbell one

w Good Serves: Williams 13; McFadden, Miller, Bane 11; Bradshaw, Lloyd 10; Spainhour four; Megan Puckett three; Campbell, Maddie Jackson one

w Service Points: Williams, Miller 10; Bane nine; McFadden, Bradshaw eight; Lloyd seven; Spainhour, Puckett three; Campbell one

w Good Sets: Bane 70; Miller five; McFadden, Spainhour three; Bradshaw one

w Attacks: Miller 25; Lloyd 22; Williams 13; White 12; Bane three; Bradshaw, Campbell one

w Good Passes: Williams 33; Miller 20; Lloyd 10; Bane nine; Bradshaw six; Puckett, Campbell four; Spainhour three; Jackson one

w Blocks: White five; Miller, McFadden, Spainhour one