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Comets rally for five-set win against Bassett HS

It wasn’t simply the fact the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team got a win at home Thursday against Piedmont District opponent Bassett High School, but it was how the Comets got it, rallying to win the final two sets to win the match.

 

Halifax County played from behind most of the match, with Basset winning the first set 25-20 and Halifax County the second set 25-18.

The Bengals captured the third set by a 25-11 margin and appeared to be on the verge of a victory, but the Comets rallied for an equally impressive 25-13 win in set four.

Halifax County (5-3 Piedmont, 7-6 overall) jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the fifth and deciding set and finished with a 15-10 win and the match.

The win was the second five-set win against Bassett this year and provided a key dose of momentum for the Comets, who play three matches this week, two of them against Piedmont District opponents Magna Vista and GW.

“This win was very important going into next week,” said Comets Coach Tiffaney Bratton.

“I told them they were just like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde,” noted Bratton, who added the team seems to have alter egos.

“We play like the other team and don’t play too well, and when we play like us, we play good,” said Bratton looking at the set scores.

“That’s why the scores are the way they are.  They do it from game to game, and we have got to figure out a way to play as evenly as possible.

“That team is very scrappy, and when we play scrappy teams we feel we have to be scrappy.  It takes us out of our rhythm.

“When we play bump, set and spike, scrappy or not, we win.

“We’re going to try and do some stuff to get them to play a more consistent game.”

Bratton nonetheless was pleased with how her team responded when down two sets to the Bengals.

“You have to be pleased with how they responded, to get to the fifth game and have all that energy and play the way they did,” she observed.

“We’re a very young team, with only three seniors, so we are building.

 

“But, I’m still extremely proud they were able to come back the fifth game and play the way they were supposed to play.”