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Comets volleyball team upbeat about tourney

The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team heads to today’s Western Valley District Tournament at Patrick Henry High School with momentum after a regular-season ending win over Franklin County High School.  

Halifax County, the No. 2 seed for the tournament, plays a semifinal match at 5:30 p.m. against No. 3 seed Franklin County. 

Patrick Henry High School, the host team and No. 1 seed, plays No. 4 seed GW Danville High School in the second match of the night.

The Comets finished with a 6-2 record against district competition, its only two losses coming against Patrick Henry, but Head Coach Tiffaney White likes her team’s chances in the tournament.

“I am very confident in the team’s chances of bringing home a Western Valley District championship,” said White.

“This team has really come together and has really worked hard all season.

“The difference is immeasurable from the beginning of the season until now.  We are a totally different team with a clearer objective.

“I am so proud of the accomplishments of the team.” 

The Comets probably are one of the more balanced teams in several years and features a strong front line with senior hitters Jordan Miller, Kendall Lloyd and Kelsy Williams, along with sophomores Whitney White and Gabrielle Spainhour.

Three other seniors, setter Meg Bane, back row Autumn McFadden and veteran setter and passer Cori Campbell have provided leadership throughout the season.

Outside hitters Chris Bradshaw and Megan Puckett, both juniors, add to the depth along the front row, while juniors Hannah Saunders, Lelia Conner and Maddie Jackson have gained experience on the back row in their first season at the varsity volleyball level.

Serving and passing have been the focus in practice, according to White.

“In practice, we focused on getting our serves in and better passing,” she noted.

“Those are the two things that can keep us from being Western Valley champs.

“I never say we have done our best with this team because I know they have so much potential.

“They are capable of being regional champs and state champs if they remain focused.

“We look forward to the challenge of finally being champions.”