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Sarah Watts tries to get the block against Franklin County Monday. / October 14, 2021

The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team had a rough start to the week, falling to district foe Bassett on Tuesday night and non-district Franklin County on Monday.

Both losses went four sets, with scores in the Bassett match of 25-22 (HC), 16-25 (B), 17-25 (B) and 11-25 (B).

Coach Sunshine Martin said the team lacked energy and focus against Bassett. She noted unforced errors and just not being crisp on passes and shots played into the loss.

“We played flat,” Martin said. “Our first set we had the best energy and actually came from behind to win that set.

Sarah Watts had excellent serves to get us back into that match, Martin noted. Watts had seven service points in the first set and finished the match with 13 assists. Emma Payne dished out 18 assists.

Tessy Henderson and Shamya Hankins combined for seven blocks, five of those Henderson’s. Trinity Martin had 13 kills.

“We have to do a better job of getting hands on the ball versus the middle hit,” Martin said. “[We] definitely have some things to clean up.”

The girls complete this week’s slate with a Thursday home match against GW-Danville.

Stats vs. Bassett: Sarah Watts 7K,13AS; Trinity Martin 13K, 5D,1SA; Shamya Hankins 6K, 2B,1AS, 2D; Madison Barnes 5K, 1AS, 2D; Arissa Conner 5D; Emma Payne 1SA, 18AS, 4D; Jadyn Harlow 1B; Tessy Henderson 7K, 5B; Kylie Satterfield 1SA, 9D; Katie Reaves 3D.

Halifax 1, Franklin County 3

Scores in this loss were 10-25 (FC); 25-23 (H); 9-25 (FC), and 21-25 (FC).

Martin said if Tuesday’s loss to Bassett was bad, Monday’s match with Franklin County was even worse. She said when you play on a day with no school scheduled, it just adds to the difficulty of staying focused.

Franklin County has a player signed for college D-1 volleyball next year, yet the Comets were once again able to temper her game though not shut it down. “We got a lot of hands on her hits but couldn’t put them down for the block,” Martin said.

If the girls are to be competitive in the postseason, she said some things will have to improve.

“Playing on a Monday is tough but playing on a Monday with no school is worse,” Martin said. “The girls are creatures of habit so anytime we take them out of their normal routine it’s hard to get them in gear.

“Our scores reflect the lack of energy we had in sets one and three. When we are high energy on the floor we are hard to beat.”

Highlights of this match were Emma Payne’s 14 assists, Trinity Martin’s 10 kills and Kylie Satterfield had 19 digs, Sarah Watts with 11.

Stats vs. FC: Sarah Watts 4AS, 11D, 3K, 1SA; Trinity Martin 3SA, 10K, 1AS, 8D; Shamya Hankins 4D, 2K, 1SA; Madison Barnes 3K, 9D; Emma Payne 14AS, 11D; Arissa Conner 1D; Jadyn Harlow 2K, 1D; Kylie Satterfield 1K, 19D; Kate Jackson 1SA, 1AS; Tessy Henderson 5K; Katie Reaves 2D.

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