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Comets spikers head to tourney

Senior outside hitter Jordan Miller finished with 11 kills, and sophomore middle hitter Whitney White tallied 11 blocks, as the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team beat Franklin County 3-1 Thursday in Rocky Mount.

The Comets won the first game 25-22 and dropped game two 25-14 before closing out the match with a 25-16 win in game three and a 25-23 win in game four.

Halifax County finished the regular season with a 6-2 record in the Western Valley District (13-6 overall) and will be the second seed in the Western Valley District Tournament starting Tuesday at Patrick Henry High School.

The Comets will play third seed Franklin County at 5:30 p.m. in the first round of the tournament. 

Much like its last match against GW, the Comets were solid in game and allowed its opponent to take game two before winning the final two games.

“We started out with some very good plays in the first game,” said Head Coach Tiffaney White.

“The team was really in synch with each other and we played our game.  We started with good passes from senior back row specialist Autumn McFadden to senior setter Meg Bane, and she in turn handed out great sets to senior outside hitters Jordan Miller, Kelsy WIlliams, Kendall Lloyd, and sophomore Gabby Spainhour.

“Middle hitter Whitney White contributed several key blocks to help seal the first game win with ease.”

“In the second game, the team started to get lax in their efforts,” explained White.

“They started to make bad passes and thus changed the outlook of the team.  The passes were off and that made the sets more difficult.

“The hitters were having trouble keeping the ball in the court, and we were completely out of synch in the second game.  Franklin County took advantage of our lack of focus and won the second game by a large margin.”

Games three and four belonged to Halifax, according to White.

“We re-focused our team efforts, started to let all of the aspects of our game fall into place and started to do the things that made us a good team.

“We passed well and made it easier for Meg Bane to get the good sets to the hitters.

“The hitters in turn pounded the ball and made it impossible for Franklin County to make good returns. 

“Sophomore middle hitter Whitney White really stepped up the blocking and shut down the net attack from Franklin County.”

“I was particularly proud of the team because once we got into our stride we executed everything that we covered in practice,” added White.

“We cut our service errors down to about four for the total match, and we worked hard on serving and consistency and it paid off.

“I was proud to see 100 percent effort from all of the team, and we looked really good.

“I am confident in this team’s chances at a district title going into next week.” 

 

Stats

Service Aces: Lloyd five; Chris Bradshaw, Bane two; Williams, Miller one

 Good Serves: Lloyd 16; Bane 15; McFadden 12; Williams 11; Bradshaw six; Cori Campbell two

 Service Points: Bane, Lloyd 10; Williams nine; Miller eight; Bradshaw, McFadden five; Campbell one

 Good Sets: Bane 88; Williams four; White, McFadden two; Lloyd, Spainhour one

 Kills: Miller 11; Lloyd nine; White, Spainhour six; Williams three; Bane one

 Attacks: Miller 26; Lloyd 22; Williams, Spainhour 16; White 15; Bane six; Bradshaw one

 Good Passes: Miller 33; Williams 28; McFadden 14; Lloyd 13; Bradshaw 11; Campbell four; Bane, Spainhour three; White one

 Blocks: White 11; Lloyd, Williams, Miller one