- Last Updated on 08:40 AM 09/26/12
- BY Doug Ford
Slow starts are becoming problematic for the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team, and another slow start led to a three-game sweep by the Person High School Rockets Monday night at home.
The visiting Rockets held lead of 7-1, 15-3 and 20-8 before closing out a 25-10 win in game one.
Halifax trailed by three points early in game two before rallying for leads of 5-4 and 6-5, but the Rockets went on a 9-2 run and led 15-8.
The Comets pulled to within four points at 15-11, but the Rockets scored the next three points and eventually took game two 25-17.
Person clinched the match with another 25-10 win in game three after surging to leads of 16-3 and 23-6.
A good effort by the Comets was negated by lack of execution, according to Comets Head Coach Tiffaney White.
“We kind of got out of our game from the beginning and never got back,” said White.
“The passing was off, and therefore the setting was off and the hitting was off.
“Once we kind of got off we didn’t come back, much like Bassett, and Person is a much better team than Bassett.
“We were down 1-7 like we were against Bassett the first game, and Person is a well-organized team.
“Just about every ball we gave them was free, and you can’t do that with a team like that.”
Halifax could never seize any momentum during the match, White continued.
“The focus wasn’t there. We looked like we were running around while they were setting plays, and they were getting to every ball,” she pointed out.
“But, we weren’t giving them any hard balls to work with, we were basically giving them free balls, and with a team like that you can’t do that.”
The Comets need to be more consistent in both focus and execution if they are to compete with the better teams in the Western Valley District, White noted.
“Right now they’re down, especially the seniors, because that’s the last time they played Person, and they wanted to beat Person County,” explained White.
“They’re down emotionally, but both the captains rallied them and told them what happened out there is not us, that’s not our team and it’s not acceptable.
That was the consensus going out, that we’re a much better team than the team that just played Person County.
“We play Patrick Henry and Franklin County, and we know we’ll see play just like that.
“It’s all about execution. We’ve had bad practices, and I told them how you practice is how you play.”
Service Aces: Meg Bane, Autumn McFadden, Cori Campbell one
Good Serves: Bane eight; McFadden, Kendall Lloyd four; Campbell three; Chris Bradshaw two; Kelsy Williams, Jordan Miller one
Service Points: Bane five; McFadden four; Campbell two; Lloyd one
Kills: Lloyd, Miller two; Bradshaw one
Attacks: Miller 10; Lloyd nine; Bradshaw three; Williams two; Whitney White, Campbell one
Good Passes: Williams 13; Miller 12; McFadden seven Bradshaw four; Lloyd, Campbell two
Good Sets: Bane 32; Spainhour one
Blocks: White, Williams two