- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
Last Tuesday, the Comets varsity volleyball team got a key win at home against William Fleming for their first district victory.
Thursday in Danville, the Comets evened their district record with a key win on the road, this time against an improved GW squad.
Halifax County won games one and two by 25-22 and 25-19 scores, but GW won game three 25-17 before the Comets closed out the match with a 25-19 triumph in game four.
The win evened the Comets’ district record at 2-2 and gave them a 9-6 record overall, but the win didn’t come easily, said Comets coach Steve Mattox.
“It’s nice to get that second district win, and both sides played really well. GW is vastly improved over the past several years and played with a lot of heart tonight.”
With all proceeds from the match going towards breast cancer awareness, the stands were packed and made for a good atmosphere.
His team responded with one of their more consistent performances of the year, Mattox pointed out.
“I told the girls before we played that there were more fans in the stands for a volleyball game than I’d ever seen before,” Mattox said.
“GW dug every ball we hit, and we pounded a lot of balls to them. GW got a lot of balls back and played real tough defense all night.
“Our service game was a little off, but our attacking was solid and Jamilia Smith had as many kills (11) as anyone has had the entire year.
“Melyse (Brown) and Jameshia (Smith) had a lot of kills, as did Johanna Spencer, and I think our kill numbers went up because our passing percentage went up,” Mattox continued.
“GW had one real good attacker, but all the back row defenders had a good night passing and once we got the angle on her, she was easier to handle.”
Mattox was impressed with GW’s improvement over the past several seasons, but the Comets stepped it up a notch to get the win.
“Accolades to GW, they’ve improved drastically and gave us a good match,” Mattox pointed out.
“We stepped it up and got a big road win. It was a fun match and I think the girls knew in the back of their mind they could pull it out.
“The team played with a lot of confidence.”
Service Aces: Kelsey Thompson, Jill Trickey, Alex O’Neil three; Jessie Bagbey, Jameshia Smith two; Johanna Spencer one
Service Points: Trickey 10; Jameshia Smith nine; Spencer four; Thompson, Bagbey three; Melyse Brown, O’Neil, Kate Bane, Jamilia Smith, Megan Day one
Good Passes: Jameshia Smith 22; Bagbey 20; Spencer 16; Day 12; Bane 11; Thompson 10; O’Neil seven; Whitney McCargo, Jamilia Smith four; Trickey three; Nia Brown one
Good Sets: Trickey 67; Jamilia Smith one
Kills: Jamilia Smith 11; Melyse Brown, Jameshia Smith five; Spencer two; Nia Brown one
Blocks: Jamilia Smith two; Melyse Brown, Spencer one
Dumps: Trickey four; Melyse Brown, Jamilia Smith, Jameshia Smith one
Floor Balls: six
Service Percentage: 75 %
Passing Percentage: 85 %
Setting Percentage: 95 %