- Last Updated on 08:02 AM 10/28/13
- BY Doug Ford
Champions…the word rings especially true for the Halifax County Middle School volleyball team, which won the Southside Middle School Conference Volleyball Tournament on Saturday in two intense matches.
The Lions won three straight games against Park View Middle School 25-23, 25-9, 25-18 to take home the tournament championship, its first since 2011.
Halifax County earlier edged Powhatan Junior High School in one semifinal match in three close games, 25-20, 28-26 and 25-20.
Park View, which handed the Lions their only loss of the season in Halifax County’s first match, defeated Nottoway Middle School in three games to reach the finals, where the Lions claimed the title.
“I am so proud of this team’s accomplishments, and it was a true pleasure to work with this exceptional group of ladies,” said Lions’ Head Coach Lori Meadows.
“They were encouraging and supportive of their teammates throughout the season, which was one of the main strengths of our team, along with serving ability,” added Meadows, who thanked the players, parents, fans, faculty of Halifax County Middle School and Coach (Tracy) Elliott for all of their support.
Halifax County 3 Park View 0
The Lions rallied from deficits of 6-0, 13-7 and 23-19 to win game one, using four service points from Calli Neal in the rally. Carol Fears served five consecutive points to lead the team to the win, with her teammates contributing solid plays down the stretch, according to Meadows.
Halifax took the momentum from the first game win into the second game, behind solid net play from Aliyah Chandler and Sierra Nunn.
Nunn served nine consecutive points to give the Lions a 16-3 lead, and Olivia Noblin served the final two points of the game.
Katie Cole served four points, including an ace, to start game three, before Park View rallied with five points of their own, Meadows added.
Halifax won seven consecutive points with Savanna Cabaniss behind the service line and with Neal setting Chandler up for three kills.
Neal and Chandler helped serve the game and the match out.
For the match, Noblin had eight good serves, one service ace and 29 assists, Cole had 10 good serves, four service aces and one assist, Neal had six good serves and 14 assists, and Chandler had five kills, five good serves, one service ace and two blocks.
Nunn finished with 14 good serves, including two service aces, one kill, one block and one assist, Fears with six good serves, and Cabaniss with nine good serves, including two aces.
Halifax County 3 Powhatan 0
The Lions trailed in all three games but rallied to win each of them to reach the finals
Powhatan led 15-14 in game one after seven consecutive points before the Lions came back for the win, and Powhatan held a 24-21 lead and game point in game two before Noblin served three crucial points and Cabaniss the game winner.
A run of six service points from Cole in game three gave Halifax a 17-14 lead, Powhatan tied the score, but the Lions finished out the game with Chandler serving four points and Nunn the final point.
For the match, Noblin had 12 good serves, one service ace and 21 assists, Cabaniss had two good serves and an assist, Cole had 15 good serves and four aces, and Neal had five good serves, one service ace and 14 assists.
Chandler finished with 19 good serves, two service aces and one kill, Nunn with eight good serves, one service ace and seven kills, and Leigh-Anne McCormick with one good serve and six assists for the match.