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Halifax County slated to host 5A North Region match Saturday

The Halifax County High School volleyball team had a little bit of a comfort zone when it traveled to Charlottesville last night to face Albemarle High School in the championship match of the VHSL 5A North Region Conference 16 Volleyball Tournament.

Whether the Comets won or lost last night, they are in line to host an early-round VHSL 5A North Region Tournament match.

If the Comets lose to Albemarle High School in last night’s Conference 16 championship match, they will host Mountain View High School, the third seed from Conference 15, Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Halifax County Middle School gym.

The match is being played at Halifax County Middle School because the lobby and gym at Halifax County High School is being used for the annual Holiday Living Show, which is being held at the school Saturday and Sunday.

If the Comets won over Albemarle High School last night, they would get a bye in the first round of the VHSL 5A North Region Tournament and would host a second-round game Tuesday night, likely at 6 p.m., at the Halifax County High School gym.

Regardless of which way the pendulum swung for the Comets last night, they can enjoy the fact they will be making their second straight appearance in regional competition and, more importantly, will get to play their first regional tournament game at home.

Last year the Comets had to travel to Freedom High School in South Riding in extreme northern Virginia to play in the opening round of regional competition.

“This is a real big thing for us,” said Comets Head Coach Tiffaney Bratton.

“I remember when I played (volleyball) in 1989, we won the district and still didn’t host a regional game. I’m going to stress to the girls this is a real big thing to get a regional home game. We’re going to take advantage of it.”

Bratton pointed out that while hosting a regional tournament match is a big accomplishment for the team, playing at Halifax County Middle School could rub a little bit off of the Comets’ edge.

“It’s going to be tough,” Bratton said of the possibility of playing at the Halifax County Middle School gym. 

“They (Halifax County Middle School) have a very low ceiling and we sometimes tend to pass (the ball) really high, which would be a disadvantage to us. The ceiling at the middle school is nowhere as high as it is here at the high school. 

“It’s always an advantage to play at home,” added Bratton, “but this kind of throws us. It takes us out of our home setting and puts us in a different gym.”

Despite not being able to play at the Halifax County High School gym on Saturday, Bratton said she is confident in her Comets team and its ability.

“I’m extremely proud of the girls,” Bratton remarked. 

“Once we play our game, I think we can compete with anybody. As long as the girls play up to their potential, we can compete with anybody.”