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Comet volleyball picks up win

South Boston News / August 17, 2017
Comet varsity girls volleyball coach Tiffaney Bratton saw positives after its preseason match win over Chatham.

The Comets start the regular season Tuesday at Dan River in non-district action.

“Overall, great team effort. They’re really a team. From my years past coaching, probably the most closely bonded team that I have.

“And we all have a goal. Our goal is to win for Olivia,” said Bratton.

The Comet program continues to remember Olivia Noblin, who passed away in a tragic December accident along with student-athlete Casey Pulliam.

Nolbin had been a leader for the volleyball program.

Every break, the Comets remember their fallen teammate. The Comets are motivated to win and play well in memory of the volleyball and softball standout.

Bratton said the team is looking stronger in the preseason, while also trying to have fun. Savanna Cabaniss, a junior outside and middle hitter, is showing improvement. Leigh-Ann McCormick is also making progress. She is a setter and outside and middle hitter, part of a talented Comet junior class.

Senior Mackenzie Lawter is showing leadership and hustle. Cali Neal is a player to watch, as she has made strides in her game. Rose Spainhour also rounds out the senior class with improved play.

Bratton said the Comets can compete and win in the district, and beyond.

Bratton said the Comets are showcasing enhanced ball control. That was the major issue for the team last season.

The Comet varsity won its preseason match against Chatham, three games to none.

Halifax won 25-21, 25-19 and 25-13.

The Comet jayvees have a group of new players, and coach Jessica Martin said the team needs more time to “get ourselves together, playing well together and getting used to each other.”

The jayvees lost to Chatham in a preseason scrimmage Tuesday.

Halifax struggled, as the Comets are learning coverage and working on defense. Chatham defeated Halifax, 25-19 and 26-24.

The Comets clearly showed improvement in the second game. Martin said

Halifax needs work on running the defense and learning how to position themselves on the court.

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