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Freedom HS sweeps Comets spikers in NW Region Tournament

SOUTH RIDING For the second year in a row the Halifax County High School volleyball team played it's way into the Northwest Region Volleyball Tournament.

The result was the same as last time.

Freedom High School, the second seed from the Cedar Run District, swept the Comets in three straight games and advanced to Tuesday's second round.

The host Eagles beat the Comets 25-23, 25-16 and 25-18, becoming only the third team to sweep the Comets this season.

"They're a good team," Comets Head Coach Tiffaney White said of the Eagles.

"They moved us around. This was the first time I think we've had anybody move us from line to line to line.

"I think we are a smarter team hitting team," added White.

"We had some mishaps and fell short."

Freedom High School had an answer for Comets senior outside hitter Jordan Miller, using effective positioning and good blocking by Kayleigh Kennedy and Kaylynn Mayo to counter Miller's hard hits.

"They're smart and the covered us really well," White noted.

Miller still had 11 kills and 28 attacks, but didn't have the devastating effect on the Eagles that she had on GW in Thursday night's Western Valley District Tournament consolation game.

When Freedom High School appeared to have Miller covered, Kelsy Williams, another senior outside hitter, stepped up to help.

Williams had eight attacks and helped keep the ball alive in some tough situations.

"Kelsy, by far, is my most improved player," White said.

"When they (the Eagles) started keying on Jordan, Kelsy really picked it up. I'm proud of her."

Comets sophomore middle hitter Whitney White also stepped up to help, making five blocks at key times to help the Comets keep the games and the match close.

Miscues at inopportune times hurt the Comets. In the first game, the Comets had five service errors and lost the otherwise well-played game by two points.

Halifax County led the second game briefly at 3-2, but Freedom High School grabbed the momentum and the lead. The Comets pulled to within two points at 17-15 but the Eagles ran off eight of the next nine points to win the game at 25-16.

The third game was deadlocked three times in the early going, and Halifax County held its last lead at 12-11 before Freedom High School ran off six unanswered points to regain the lead.

Halifax County got as close as 21-18 on the last of Miller's 11 kills, only to have Freedom High School score the last four points to close out the 25-18 game win and match win.

"I don't think they (Freedom High School) matched us power-wise, which was a good thing, " White said.

"I think the girls see now that coming to the Northwest Region Tournament doesn't necessarily mean we're going to lose. They saw we could compete with them."