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Comet volleyball finishes third in district tourney

SoVaNow.com / October 30, 2017
Halifax County High School volleyball finished third in the Piedmont District tournament after defeating Patrick County 3-0 Thursday in Tunstall, earning a bye in their regional hunt.

The Comets started the best of five match on a high note.

Halifax took control of the first game early and never let up.”We had some great serving in this game of the match,” said coach Tiffaney Bratton. It started with outside hitter Rose Spainhour.”Rose always gives us a big boost when she starts her serve. She has a really rough serve and she can place the ball anywhere I ask her to.”

Spainhour gave the Comets a nice cushion to start the first game of the match.

Halifax came on strong with some big hits on the front row from Savanna Cabaniss and Leigh-Anne McCormick. “Both Leigh-Anne and Savanna gave us some big hits and that really got our momentum going,” said Bratton.

Halifax won the first game of the match with ease.

In the second game it was much the same. The Comets really moved their opponents around on the floor and kept them from mounting any kind of offense. “The team really controlled the ball well. It wasn’t our best control game but it was nice to see the girls bounce back from a tough loss at Franklin County on Tuesday,” said Bratton.

Halifax enjoyed great hustle from Mackenzie Lawter and Katie Cole and Jeri Tyler. “Mack did a great job of controlling the floor with some big hustle plays. Jeri and Katie had some great back row plays with Jeri playing a solid game on the front row as well,” said Bratton.

The Comets cruised to another game win in the match to seize a 2-0 lead.

In the third and final game of the match the Comets came out with some good serving from Calli Neal. “Calli is a good solid player. She usually makes good decisions for us on the front row. Calli is great at changing direction on the front row, which confuses the much taller defenders that try and block us,” said Bratton.

The Comets had a few miscues on the floor in the third game but managed to pull out the win to sweep Patrick 3-0. “We had a few mistakes on the floor in the final set but it was great to see the team having fun despite the mistakes. The whole team got to play and I saw some good, encouraging plays from Lauryn Chappell and Anna Dawson. Anna came up with a big block on Patrick’s much taller front line to end the game. It was a great team effort and a big boost as we head into the regional tournament this week,” said Bratton.

Halifaxreceived a by for the first round of the sub region. Halifax will await the winner of Patrick Henry-Roanoke and Orange County match on Tuesday. The Comets will host the winner on Thursday.





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