- Last Updated on 10:41 AM 10/10/12
- BY Doug Ford
The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team played its best overall match of the season Tuesday night and it was rewarded with a sweep over Franklin County High School in a Western Valley District match at Halifax County High School.
Halifax County High School swept the first three games in the best-of-five-game match, winning by scores of 25-22, 25-23, 25-21.
Tuesday night’s sweep, the first win Halifax County High School has had over Franklin County High School in some time, improved the Comets’ record to 3-1 in district play.
While the victory keeps the Comets near the top of the district standings, it more importantly bolsters the Comets’ effort in building momentum as the team eyes the second half of the district season.
“We just really played as a team,” said Comets Head Coach Tiffaney White.
“We actually came together as a team tonight, probably for the first time.”
The Comets played an all around solid match to beat their district rivals, with the solid serving keying the win.
“Serving was absolutely on,” White noted.
“Our passing was a still a little bit off. Once we get our passing down, we’ll definitely give (district leader) Patrick Henry a game.”
The Comets played with confidence and determination Tuesday night, and that was never more evident than in the second game where they trailed by as many as seven points at 20-13 before rallying for the win.
The match was close throughout as neither team gained a sizeable lead over the other. In the first game, the Comets pulled away late from an 18-18 tie.
The third game was tied 8-8 before Halifax County High School surged to as much as a six-point advantage. Franklin County High School rallied to make a game of it late before the Comets clinched the game and the sweep.
Chris Bradshaw led the Comets in service aces with four and finished the night with 12 service points. Bradshaw and Meg Bane each had 15 good serves to lead their team.
Bane led the team with 59 good sets and Jordan Miller and Whitney White had six kills, both of which were team highs.
Kendall Lloyd and Miller each had 14 attacks, Kelsy Williams had 19 good passes, and White had six blocks for the Comets.
The comeback in the second game gave the Comets all the momentum they would need to close out the match in three games, added White.
“We took back row positions and made them actual positions instead of having them cover the whole court, and it actually worked,” she explained.
“It made the back row and the front row focus more. We had some dropped balls but once we work on that and our passing, nobody will stop us.
“We decided nothing was going to stop us from winning today.”