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Varsity spikers push past GW in three games

The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team, with the help of a season-high 91 attacks and 32 kills, rebounded from a disappointing home loss Tuesday to beat GW High School in Danville on Thursday.

 The Comets won three close games by 25-22, 25-20 and 25-19 margins to improve to 2-1 in the Western Valley District.

The Comets must have gotten the message from Head Coach Tiffaney White that they weren’t aggressive enough at the net in the loss at home Tuesday to Patrick Henry, with senior hitter Jordan Miller compiling 27 attacks and 12 kills for the night.

Kelsy Williams finished with 21 attacks and 10 kills, Kendall Lloyd had 19 attacks and three kills, and sophomore hitter Whitney White had 13 attacks, five kills and three blocks for the Comets.

Halifax County had good opportunities at the net all night long against the Eagles, with 10 players compiling a total of 104 good passes and eight players compiling a total of 102 good sets.

The Comets also compiled 57 good serves (Autumn McFadden 11), and they finished with nine service aces (Williams four).

Despite the win, Comets Head Coach Tiffaney White thinks the team’s best games are still ahead of it.

“Though we won the match in three straight games, GW was a formidable opponent,” said White.

“The GW team had a good solid base and they really utilized all of their talent, and that is something we have not mastered yet.

“They played like a cohesive team and we are still struggling to come together.”

Megan Puckett and Cori Campbell both made solid contributions to the win, according to White. 

“We had some excellent back row play from junior Megan Puckett,” noted White.

“Megan came into the game as a substitution but really made some great back row plays as well as some good serves.

“Senior back row player Cori Campbell also came off the bench to make some good passes and excellent serves to help win the match.”

“We still lack the focus we need to compete at a higher level as a team,” concluded White.

“We hope to solve our focus issues before we play Franklin Co on Tuesday.”

 

Stats

Service Aces: Williams four; Lloyd two; Chris Bradshaw, Megan Puckett, Miller one

Good Serves: Autumn McFadden 11; Lloyd 10; Miller nine; Bradshaw seven; Meg Bane, Williams six; Cori Campbell five; Puckett three; Maddie Jackson one

Service Points: Lloyd eight; McFadden seven; Miller five; Williams four; Bradshaw three; Puckett, Campbell two; Jackson one

Kills: Miller 12; Williams 10; White six; Lloyd three; Bane two; McFadden, Gabrielle Spainhour one

Attacks: Miller 27; Williams 21; Lloyd 19; White 13; Bane four; McFadden, Spainhour four; McFadden two; Bradshaw, Puckett, Campbell one

Good Sets: Bane 69; Spainhour 15; Lloyd seven; Miller five; Williams three; Bradshaw, White, McFadden one

Good Passes: McFadden, Miller 21; Lloyd 15; Williams 13; Bradshaw 11; Bane 10; Campbell nine; Puckett two; Spainhour, Jackson one

Blocks: White three; Williams, Spainhour, Miller one