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Comets spikers sweep GW; earn NW Region tourney berth

When Halifax County High School needed a lift near the middle portion of the second game of Thursday night’s Western Valley District Volleyball Tournament consolation game against GW, Jordan Miller ignited a flame.

With the game tied at 9-9 and the Comets having endured some big plays from GW’s India Graves, Miller landed a huge kill that gave the Comets the lead. Graves answered to deadlock the game. Then, for a second time, Miller landed a big kill to put the Comets in front.

The Comets never lost the lead after that and went on to win the game 25-22 to go two games up in the best-of-five-game match. With 25-11 and 25-22 wins at their back, the Comets took a 7-1 lead in the deciding game and handily won 25-11 to lock up the match win and the district’s third seed in the Northwest Region Volleyball Tournament, which opens Saturday.

“It gets my energy going,” Miller said of hitting a big kill.

“It also gives the team some momentum and helps turn the game around.”

Comets Head Coach Tiffaney White credits the pair of big hits by Miller as the key point in the match.

“We were lax a little bit,” White pointed out.

“We were out of position and had lost our focus. Jordan’s two tremendous hits definitely brought us back.

“Jordan is a leader on the team,” added the Comets coach.

“The team feeds off of her, so when she’s having a good game, they’re all having a good game.”

Miller finished the night with a match-high 13 kills and led the team with 23 attacks to help lead the Comets to the win that propelled them into the Northwest Region Tournament.

The Comets will hit the road Saturday to face Freedom High School in South Riding, the second seed from the Cedar Run District, in an opening-round Northwest Region Tournament game. Saturday’s match will start at 4 p.m.

This marks the second year in a row that the Comets have played their way into the Northwest Region Tournament as a third seed.

“We’re just going to go up there, play our game and hopefully, prevail,” White said.

“I think as long as we play our game we can compete with anybody in the state.”

With the exception of the second game, the Comets were able handle GW’s attacks well. They staged a much better performance than they did Wednesday night when they lost 3-1 to Franklin County High School in the district tournament semifinals at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke.

The Comets had defeated Franklin County High School twice during the regular-season before falling to the Eagles in the district tournament and dropping into the consolation bracket game against GW.

“We were completely out of synch, completely off of our game,” White said of her team’s Wednesday loss to Franklin County High School.

GW, she said, put up a good battle.

“I don’t take anything away from GW,” White said.

“They’ve got some really good athletes. They came to play, but we came to play as well. I think we’re a more well-rounded team, and we played our game.”