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Comet spikers fall to Gretna

SoVaNow.com / September 13, 2021


The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team played a competitive match against Gretna on Thursday but couldn’t pull out the win, falling 3-1.

This was the third loss in a row for the girls after starting the season strong.

Scores in the match were 30-28 (G), 25-21 (HC), 25-23 (G) and 26-24 Gretna.

Sarah Watts had 22 assists; Emma Payne added 17. Trinity Martin had 12 kills, one block, 11 digs, and three aces; Tessie Henderson added 13 kills and with Shamya Hankins, played strong defense at the net.

Coach Sunshine Martin said overall play was good. She said the team had communication problems at critical times in the match. Martin said they will continue to work on correcting serve errors. The girls are “too good of a serving team to lose service points once we hit the 20 point mark.”

“All sets were close and we stayed competitive with Gretna,” Martin said. “We broke down on communication a couple times.”

The Comets are on the road to Tunstall High School tomorrow and they host Bassett High School on Thursday. The Comets are now 2-4.

Varsity stats: Sarah Watts 22AS, 5D, 6K; Trinity Martin 12K, 1B, 11D, 3SA; Shamya Hankins 1SA, 7D, 4K, 2B; Madison Barnes 6K, 2AS, 10D, 4SA; Emma Payne 17AS, 8D, 3K; Jadyn Harlow 2K; Arissa Conner 2SA, 14D, 2K; Tessy Henderson 13K; Kylie Satterfield 2D.



Jayvees get shutout win over Gretna

The jayvee spikers played a very determined match on Thursday evening, beating Gretna 2-0, 25-18 and 25-11.

Jayvee coach Kirk Barnes said before the match that his girls had been working hard to return to the win column. The jayvees are now 2-3.

“It was great to get another win, the girls really needed that,” Barnes said. The team’s first win was in the first match of the season on Aug. 24. “They have been working so hard in practices and games, so tonight’s win was a huge confidence booster.”

Both the jayvees and varsity have been working on getting the proper rotations in place. Barnes feels the rotation on Thursday played a big role in the win.

“I think Coach Martin and I have figured out the rotation that works best,” Barnes said. “Communication has been a lot better the last three matches which means more attacks and less balls hitting the floor on defense.”

Jayvee stats: Abby Duffer 2SA, 1AS, 5K, 2D; Olivia Seamster 2SA, 5K; Makayla Powell 3SA, 8AS; Blakely Martin 3AS; Erin Satterfield 1B; Peyton Irby 1B, 5SA; Jackie Snead 1SA, 1D; Montana Terry 1K; Alexis Ayers 2D.



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