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Varsity spikers sweep Magna Vista to capture fourth win

The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team rebounded from a rough outing in the finals of its invitational tournament to sweep Magna Vista in three straight games Tuesday at Comets Gym.

The Comets dominated game one, with Whitney White getting a number of blocks at the net, allowing Halifax to surge to leads of 10-2 and 17-3 before cruising to a 25-8 win.

Things got much tougher the remainder of the match, and in a back-and-forth game two Halifax did not lead until 18-17.  Magna Vista tied the game at 20-20 before the Comets scored five of the next six points for a 25-21 win.

Game three was equally competitive, with neither team leading by more than two points before Halifax made a late-game surge to lead 18-11.

Magna Vista rallied to within 21-15, but the Comets scored four of the next six points to win the game and clinch the match win.

Meg Bane led the Comets with six service aces, most of them coming in game three during the Comets’ key run late in the game.

Kendall Lloyd led in good serves with 18 and service points with 15, while Jordan Miller led in kills with seven

Lloyd and Miller each had 11 attacks to lead Halifax, while Miller had 11 effective passes, Bane 32 effective sets, and White eight blocks, all team highs.

Head Coach Tiffaney White liked the way her team responded after a disappointing loss to Altavista in the finals of the Comets’ invitational tournament on Saturday.

“We didn’t have a very good practice yesterday, and we had a little intensity problem,” White explained.  “We stopped practice and I had a long talk with them about getting what you want and how to work for it.

“We do have a tendency to play like the other team, but I was really proud of the serving today.

“I think we made four service errors, and we normally average about 16.

“We got to play everybody in the second game, which was great.”

The Comets were able to pick up their intensity where it dropped during the match, and they were able to come back from deficits in both games two and three, White noted.

“I’m really proud of the job they did today, I’m pleased with their athleticism today and with their attitude,” said White.

“I’m absolutely pleased with the way they finished tonight.

Stats

Service Aces: Bane six; Lloyd, Miller five; McFadden four; Gabrielle Spainhour one

Good Serves: Lloyd 18; Bane 13; Autumn McFadden 12; Miller 10; Kelsy Williams, Spainhour, Cori Campbell, Chris Bradshaw one

Service Points: Lloyd 15; Bane 12; McFadden, Miller nine; Spainhour two

Kills: Miller seven; Lloyd five; White three; Bradshaw, Megan Puckett, Williams one

Attacks: Lloyd, Miller 11; Williams 10; White five; Bradshaw four; Spainhour two; Puckett one

Good Passes: Miller 11; Lloyd seven; McFadden four; Puckett three; Lelia Conner, Bradshaw, Williams two; Spainhour one

Good Sets: Bane 32; Campbell six; Williams three; Miller two; McFadden one

Blocks: White eight; Williams three