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SoVaNow.com / November 06, 2017
Halifax County High School varsity volleyball took the first two games from visiting PH-Roanoke Thursday night in postseason action.

From there, the Patriots figured out a winning strategy, winning the final three and ending the Comets’ season.

Halifax has been eliminated with Thursday’s 3-2 loss. The Comets finished 19-5.

Halifax won the first two games of the 5D regional west tournament at home, 25-17 and 25-22.

PH then won a very competitive third game, 25-23. PH looked stronger in game four, winning 25-15.

From there, PH closed it out with a game five win, 15-13.

The Patriots advance in tournament play.

Halifax showed the ability to control the ball and the momentum in the first two games, but then PH-Roanoke crafted an effective comeback strategy.

“Credit to Patrick Henry. They realized who our hitters were and they started to control us. They started to get the ball away from our hitters,” said coach Tiffaney Bratton.

PH came to realize who to serve to, and avoided more effective return specialists.

“They did exactly what we normally do,” said Bratton.

“We should have finished in the third, but they started to control us. That’s kind of what happened,” said Bratton.

“Nothing to hang our heads about,” said Bratton. Halifax did a fine job with the talent base it had, she said.

PH beat Halifax at its own game, and the Patriots figured out an effective approach, Bratton said.

Statistics

Attacks: Spainhour 37, McCormick 32, Tyler 23, Neal 10 and Lawter 5.

Kills: McCormick 13, Cabaniss nine, Spainhour 7, Tyler 5, Neal 2, Lawter 1.

Sets: Lawter, 94, McCormick 34.

Serves: Spainhour 23, Lawter 20, McCormick 16, Neal 15, Cole 12, Tyler and Cabaniss, six each.

Aces: Lawter, Spainhour and Cole, three; McCormick, 2, Neal 1.

Good passes: Spainhour 27, Tyler 25, Lawter, 20, Cole 18, Neal 15, McCormick, nine.

Blocks, McCormick 3, Lawter and Cabaniss one apiece.



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