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Comet spikers improve to 11-0 with win over Bassett / September 25, 2017
Halifax County High School varsity volleyball continues its unbeaten run, with Magna Vista next Tuesday.

The Comet spikers, now 11-0, rolled past Bassett Thursday on the road, winning 3-0.

The Comets also got past a tough match at home last week with Franklin County.

Then, Halifax doused the Bengals.

The Comets started the first game of the match with some difficulty. The Comets faced a much taller team in Bassett.

“They looked pretty intimidating at first glance. They have a team that towered over us,” said coach Tiffaney Bratton.

The Bassett front line as well as the back row was tall. The Comets struggled with putting the ball in good spots because of their blocking presence on the front row.

“I think we were a little intimidated by their height in the first game of the match. The Comets managed to get some good front row attacks after they figured out how to avoid the front line blockers. The Comets started to hit against their block and make them make key block errors. “The team really figured out how to hit against a much taller team. It was good to see that thus far we have managed to withstand all that our opponents have thrown our way,” said Bratton.

The Comets came back to win the first game of the match. In the second and third games of the match the Comets did much of the same. The Comets got some big serves from senior outside hitter Rose Spainhour.

“Rose continues to lead the team in points with some precise serves,” said Bratton.

The Comets also good some great play from Katie Cole on the back row and Savanna Cabaniss on the front row.

“Teams usually key in on Savanna because she is our tallest member of the team. Savanna really stepped it up and played smart. She avoided the tall blockers to give us some good points on the front line. Good play was rounded out from Calli Neal, Jeri Tyler and Leigh-Anne McCormick. The Comets won the second two games against Bassett to win the match in 3. “It was a good effort from this team. I know that everyone is focusing on the team being undefeated thus far in the season but as a team we are focusing on having fun and giving it all we have every time we step on the floor,” said Bratton.

The Comets return to district play against Magna Vista Tuesday.

STATS AND SCORES: VARSITY: 25-16 HCHS 26-24 HCHS 25-19 HCHS Attacks: McCormick-28, Spainhour-25, Cabaniss-20, Tyler-9, Neal-9 Kills: McCormick-12, Cabaniss-10, Spainhour-6, Tyler-4, Neal-3 Sets: Lawter-68, McCormick-20 Service points: Cabaniss-16, Lawter-12, Spainhour-11, Cole-11, Neal-6, Tyler-4 Aces: Cabaniss-4, Cole-3, Spainhour-2, McCormick-1, Neal-1, Lawter-1 Passes: Cabaniss-19, Lawter-18, Cole-15, Spainhour-12, Neal-10, Tyler-8, McCormick-4 Blocks: Cabaniss-2, McCormick-1, Neal-1:

JV: 23-25 Bassett 25-12 HCHS 15-10 HCHS Attacks: Martin-20, Wellons-13, Foushee-12, Ridgeway-9, Bowen-8, Ridgeway-4 Kills: Martin-10, Wellons-8, Ridgeway-4, Foushee-3, Wilborn-2, Bowen-2, Duffer-2 Sets: Foushee-36, Strickland-10 Service points: Foushee-16, Duffer-15, Wellons-10, Ridgeway-9 Aces: Duffer-4, Foushee-4 Passes: Ridgeway-27, Edmunds-22, Duffer-12

COMET REVIEW: The Comets earned an important win at home against Franklin County. The Comets struggled at first, but went on to win the last three games, taking the win in four games.

In the second and third games of the match Halifax took the lead early and held on to the win. The Comets had some key and clutch serving from Spainhour. “Rose really came through with some good serves that got us a good cushion in both of those games. Rose is our first server and she is a precise server,” said Bratton.

The Comets took advantage of the cushion from Spainhour and made good on some smart net play.

“They covered the court very well so there weren’t too many holes on their side. The team seemed to make them move around on the court and that created spaces for our front line to make good smart plays,” said Bratton.

Tyler had some well-placed hits to help Halifax win the second and third games to put the Comets back ahead. In the fourth game of the match, the Comets used their one game cushion to really play their game.

“Since we were up a game we could take some chances and try some things to get to the holes that our team created on their side,” said Bratton. The Comets did a good job with some great hustle plays from Senior setter Mackenzie Lawter and setter Leigh-Anne McCormick. Both Mack and Leigh-Anne ran the court well and that created chances for us to get open shots on their front line. Savanna Cabaniss and Calli Neal capitalized on the open front lines with some key hits from the front row. “Franklin had height and they could block so we had to change up to get past them in order to open up the front line. The team did an excellent job in moving the ball around to make that happen,” said Bratton.

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