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Comets fall to Magna Vista 3-2 in home opener

South Boston News
Arissa Conner
SoVaNow.com / September 06, 2021


The HCHS varsity volleyball team fell to Magna Vista 3-2 in the Comets’ home opener Thursday.

Halifax won set one 25-22.

MV came back and took sets two and three, 25-18 and 25-17. Halifax would win set four 25-23 to set up the tiebreaker.

Set five is where things went south for the Comets, with the girls dropping the set 15-3. Coach Sunshine Martin said her girls were awesome most of the way but must remain focused to finish off their opponents.

“Unfortunately, in the fifth set we let them get on a roll on the start of the set and we couldn’t rebound,” Martin said. “They weren’t tired, they just weren’t playing to win. We played to not lose and there is a difference.

“We have to be more mentally sound in the fifth set.”

Still, Martin said that she was very proud of how the girls played. The team is constantly working on getting better. Of the four matches the Comets have played this season, this was the second to go five sets, which Martin said is a good sign.

She was especially pleased with the defense at the net, with 10 blocks. Trinity Martin, Shamya Hankins, and Tessie Henderson had four, three and two blocks, respectively, to lead the team.

Martin had 11 kills and Hankins nine in the match. Jayden Harlow came up big in set four, serving up seven points.

“I was very proud of the effort my girls had,” Martin said. “We played with them in all four matches. This team is improving each match.

“They are going to be okay. We just have to keep pushing to get better.”

The Comets are now 2-2. The girls are scheduled for back-to-back matches this week. On Tuesday the team travels to Franklin County High School; Wednesday the Comets host Gretna.

Varsity Stats: Sarah Watts 4K, 1B, 10AS, 7SP; Trinity Martin 11K, 4B, 8SP; Shamya Hankins 9K, 3B, 9SP; Madison Barnes 2K, 1SA, 5SP; Arissa Conner 1K; Emma Payne 2K, 3SP, 13AS; Jadyn Harlow 7SP, 2SA, 2AS; Tessy Henderson 8K, 2B; Kylie Satterfield 8D, 7SP, 1SA.

Jayvees fall in two games

The jayvees played well on Thursday evening but came up just short, losing to Magna Vista 2-0 (21-25 and 25-17). The girls are now 1-3 on the year.

Coach Kirk Barnes said the loss wasn’t due to lack of energy or effort. As the team picks up more experience play will continue to improve.

“Overall our girls played much better tonight than they did against Park View,” Barnes said. The girls lost to non-conference Park View the prior Monday in three sets.

“The energy and effort cannot be questioned because they bring that every night. We just need to keep improving each day in practice. Their work ethic should allow that to happen.”

Halifax’s Olivia Seamster had two aces, six service points, and four assists. Makayla Powell dished out one kill, three serve aces, and six service points.

JV stats: Abby Duffer 3K, 1AS, 3SP; Olivia Seamster 2SA, 6SP, 4AS; Makayla Powell 1K, 3SA, 6SP; Peyton Irby 1K, 3SP, 1AS; Blakely Martin 3AS, 4SP; Montana Terry 2K; Alexis Ayers 1AS.



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