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Spikers Lose, But Hang Tough

Mark it down as the second Western Valley District setback in as many outings for the Comets varsity volleyball team, but the 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 loss Thursday at Patrick Henry left Comets’ coach Steve Mattox feeling better about his team than the four-game loss at home earlier in the week. “The girls played very well overall, and the back row played exceptionally well,” Mattox explained.
“We held the lead in all three games, and we had some hiccups here and there to let PH take the lead, but by the scores you can tell the games were all close.

“PH is a very good defensive team, and one outside hitter can put the ball down, but we dug quite a few balls, and our service game was really good.

“We didn’t come out with a win but played well.”

Jessie Bagbey finished with seven service points and four service aces, Kate Bane had five service points and three aces, and Johanna Spencer had four service points for Halifax.

Bagbey finished with 42 good sets to lead the Comets, and Johanna Spencer (18), Kate Bane (17) and Jameshia Smith (12) combined for 47 effective passes.

Jamilia Smith had four kills and Melyse Brown two kills for the Comets, who allowed 12 balls to hit the floor on defense.

“Those 12 balls that hit the floor were legitimate balls,” Mattox pointed out.  Their primary hitter probably had 20 kills on us, and hit the ball extremely hard.

“The number of kills wasn’t what I would like but when you’re digging up hard hit balls, it’s difficult to get good sets.”

Unlike Franklin County, where the Comets seemed to go emotionally flat after winning the first game, they were stayed focused throughout Thursday, according to Mattox.

“We were mentally in every game and I think it could be a different story when PH comes here,” he explained.

“I told them last night that sometimes they play down to an opponents’ level, but tonight they played up a level, and I told them you have to play that way all the time because when you lose that edge, it’s hard to get it back.

“You always play up and at the same level, and they did last night, so it was real nice to watch,” Mattox added.

“They’ve played two of the better teams in the district the first two matches, and judging by Thursday, the girls can play with anyone in the district.”

Halifax returns home tomorrow to play William Fleming at 7 p.m.

Comets Stats
• Service Points: Bagbey seven; Bane five; Spencer four; Megan Day, Jameshia Smith one
• Aces: Bagbey four; Bane three; Jill Trickey, Jameshia Smith one
• Good Passes: Spencer 18; Bane 17; Jameshia Smith 12; Trickey 11; Bagbey 10; Jamilia Smith seven; alex O’Neil six; Day five; Kelsey Thompson four; Melyse Brown, Nia Brown one
• Kills: Jamilia Smith four; Melyse Brown, Nia Brown two; Whitney McCargo, Bagbey, Jameshia Smith one
• Good Sets: Bagbey 42
• Dumps: Bagbey four; Jameshia Smith, Spencer one
• Service Percentage: 87 percent
• Passing Percentage: 76 percent
• Setting Percentage: 100 percent