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Comet volleyball wraps up Heritage Invitational title

SoVaNow.com / September 14, 2017
Halifax County High School varsity volleyball wrapped up a significant championship Saturday, winning the Heritage Invitational.

The Comets defeated Staunton River, 3-0, and Altavista, 3-2.

Halifax played Staunton River High in the second game of the tournament.

Halifax started very slowly in the match. Halifax made some errors in the first game but managed to win the first match against Staunton.

“We played terrible in that game but we still managed to pull it out. The team made service errors and attack errors along with passing errors. We seemed to do everything wrong but we managed to squeak out a win in three games for that match,” said Comet coach Tiffaney Bratton.

Halifax blanked Staunton in three games to win the match to advance to the Championship match against Altavista.

The Comets moved on to the Invitational championship.

Halifax began the championship match much like they played the first match against Staunton River. “We just didn’t play our style of play. The team made simple errors and we continued to pass the ball to the setter very poorly. We did not control the ball at all. Altavista only sent the ball over and waited for us to make mistakes. Halifax lost the first game of the match,” said Bratton.

The second match the Comets started to come around and play their own game. Halifax rallied with some good hustle plays that helped them win the second game of the match.

The Comets managed to do much of the same in the third game of the match. The Comets passed the ball and the front row answered with some good placed hits to win the game. “We got some good smart hitting in the second and third games of the match and that was the difference to win those games,” said Bratton.

Halifax encountered some problems in the fourth game. “We went back to not passing the ball and not controlling the ball in the fourth game,” said Bratton.

Altavista capitalized on the Comet struggles and won the fourth game of the match. “They were smart in that they let us make mistakes and their team made good on our mistakes. We gave them several points with poor serving and poor placement of the ball,” said Bratton.

Halifax lost the fourth game to tie the match at 2-2, setting up the final game for the championship match.

Halifax employed a real strategy and managed to control the ball and the final game of the match. “We knew that we needed to hit the holes in the court. The team figured out that Alta Vista was covering the back row really well and our hits to the back row were in effective against them,” said Bratton.

Halifax started to hit the holes in the court that their opponents created by covering too deep. “The ladies really figured it out in the final game.

We had some great plays from Leigh-Anne McCormick, Rose Spainhour, and Calli Neal. We also great hustle from Setter Mackenzie Lawter and Katie Cole,” said Bratton.

Halifax managed to win the fifth and final set to win the match and the championship. “I know we didn’t play our best game by far but I was proud of the way they figured out their mistakes and brought it all together to win the final game for the match and the championship,” said Bratton.





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