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Comets again fall short against Rockets

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SoVaNow.com / August 29, 2013



Person County has a strong program, as the Rockets have taken their varsity girls’ volleyball to a high level, where Halifax County High School wants to be. Person County again defeated the Comets in the season opener again Tuesday, but HCHS was competitive most of the way.

While the Comets crept within striking distance of overtaking the Rockets and establishing some momentum on repeat occasions during the match, HCHS could not find that decisive game-changing moment.

As a result, PCHS won all three games, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-20.

HCHS coach Tiffaney Bratton said the Comets “kind of got out of our game, started played scrappy, which is not our game. ... We got out of our rhythm.”

Bratton said the Comets’ approach is to hit, bump, set and spike.

Person has a solid, very smart team, and the Rockets forced HCHS out of its most comfortable style.

Bratton is trying to rebuild this team, and the Comets had some good runs.

But HCHS’ game revolves around setting and spiking with power. When the Comets tried to rally, it was too late.

Bratton also saw players coming off the bench and performing well.

As for the stats, Taylor Barnes had seven good serves, four service points, one kill, one attack. Chris Bradshaw had five good serves, two service points, seven attacks and four good passes.

Cecilie Elliott had one ace, one good serve, one service point, four kills, five attacks. Megan Puckett had four good serves, three service points, two kills, two attacks and two good passes.

Logan Redd supplied one ace, one good serve, one service point, two kills and two attacks.

Gabrielle Spainhour had 21 good sets, two attacks, two kills, seven service points, six good serves, and two aces.

Whitney White had one ace, four good serves, two service points, three kills and five attacks.

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