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Comet volleyball plays tough, falls to Gretna, 3-2

SoVaNow.com / August 30, 2021

The Comets fell short in varsity volleyball action Thursday, losing 3-2 on the road at Gretna.

Halifax took set-one 25-22. Gretna battled back to claim sets two and three, 12-25 and 20-25. The Comets rallied to win set-four 26-24 before falling in game five 15-11. The Comets are now 1-1 in the Piedmont District.

Coach Sunshine Martin said set two was were things got a little of track for the girls, though they battled back.

“The sets were intense,” Martin said. “Gretna has a very good hitting team.”

Consistency making good serves and court awareness is something the team has been concentrating on in practice. Martin said the girls only had six service errors over the five sets. She said she would still like to see less.

“The wheels fell off a little in the second set and then we were able to regain our composure in the third, fourth and fifth.

“Varsity did a great job in the first set of controlling the match, making saves and providing good hits on the court,” Martin said. “We just need to be a little smarter on our attacks and get a better position for block coverage.”

Sarah Watts had a big night posting 16 assists, 20 digs, 2 blocks, and 6 kills. Trinity Martin also played big with 21 digs, 14 kills, one block, and one ace.

The team had some solid attacks at the net with Shamya Hankins and Tessie Henderson adding eight kills each. Madison Barnes had six kills and Kylie Satterfield, three.

Satterfield playing libero recorded a team leading 27 digs. Teammates Arissa Conner and Emma Payne provided 15 digs a piece, with Payne adding 14 assists. Jadyn Harlow 7 digs.

Comet Stats: S. Watts 16AS, 20D, 2B, 6K; T. Martin 21D, 14K, 1B, 1SA; S. Hankins 2SA, 8K, 8D; M. Barnes 7D, 6K; E. Payne 1K, 14A, 15D; K. Satterfield 27D, 1SA, 3K; A. Conner 15D; T. Henderson 8K, 1B; J. Harlow 7D, 2AA.



Jayvee spikers come up short in match

The jayvees fell in their match with Gretna 2-1, winning the opening set 26-24. Gretna picked up wins in sets two and three 26-28 and 11-15.

Martin said this match was also hard fought. She said the team was trying out some new floor rotations which led to some communication issues. Overall the coaches were pleased with the effort of the team.

“The jayvee team played well with a new rotation so there were some kinks to be worked out,” Martin said. “We had a couple breakdowns in communication which hurt us.

“Service errors happened more but they also played one more game than usual. We just have to tighten that up.”

Abbey Duffer helped pace the Comets with 2 aces, 1 kill, 16 digs, and 2 assists. Peyton Irby had nine aces; Olivia Seamster and Blakely Martin served up four aces each. Makayla Powell posted six kills and 12 digs.

Jayvee Stats: A. Duffer 2SA, 1K, 16D, 2AS; O. Seamster 2K, 4SA; M. Powell 1SA, 6K, 12D; B. Martin 7AS, 7D, 4SA; Erin Satterfield 4K, 1B, 3D; P. Irby 5D, 1K, 9SA; Jacie Snead 6D.

The Comets are on the road today playing Park View in South Hill. Tuesday the girls are at home facing Martinsville and will end the week at home with Magna Vista.

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