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Varsity Spikers Win Senior Night Match Against George Washington

The Comets varsity volleyball team and its GW counterparts will take the same bus to the Western Valley District Tournament Tuesday at Patrick Henry High School. But, the two teams were on opposite sides of the net Tuesday as the Comets celebrated Senior Night with a solid win over the Eagles in three games, 25-19, 25-13 and 25-17.

Halifax finished with 20 service aces, with Jill Trickey leading the way with seven, while Johanna Spencer had five service points to lead the Comets.

The Comets finished with 25 kills against the Eagles, with Spencer collecting seven and Jamilia Smith six spikes.

Kate Bane and Jessie Bagbey each had 15 effective passes and Trickey had 49 effective sets to lead Halifax in those categories.

The Comets controlled the tempo in all three games with very few lapses against a GW team that obviously came to play, according to coach Steve Mattox.

“Everything went real smooth and we played fantastic ball, even though we had some kids playing in positions new to them,” he explained.

“We covered the holes and gaps for the most part, but hat’s off to GW.  Of all the teams we faced they’ve improved the most.

“They dig a lot of balls defensively and don’t give up points easily.”

Halifax trailed early in game one before tying the game at 5-5, and taking the lead for good at 7-6.  GW got as close as 16-15 before the Comets six straight points, and GW rallied again to within 22-18 before Halifax closed out the game with a Nia Brown block.

Halifax was hitting on all cylinders in game two, with leads of 8-3, 15-7 and 18-9 before closing the game out on a 7-4 run.

Game three saw the Comets lead by as many as four points and GW close to within 17-15, before a five-point serving run by Trickey helped close out the game and the match.

The Comets served at a 75 percent success rate against GW, while passing effectiveness was rated at 86 percent and setting at 96 percent, but Mattox cautioned that stats didn’t accurately reflect how well the Comets played.

“Stats don’t tell the whole story,” he said.  “We dug a whole lot of balls and our passing percentage shows that.

“It shows the heart of a team if you can dig a ball out and stay in the point, and ultimately wear the other team down.

“That’s what happened tonight.”

Regular season winner and tournament one seed Patrick Henry hosts the district tournament Tuesday, with three seed Halifax County taking on two seed Franklin County.

“I think Franklin County is very beatable, and if we play well and dig the balls out the way we did today we can do some damage up there,” Mattox noted.

“We went four games at their place and played them better than we did here.  We’re looking forward to it, and the key as always is having more than one or two girls playing well.

“We need at least four or more girls playing well and if that happens we’ll be right in there.”