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Comets spikers fall to Tunstall on the road / September 16, 2021

The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team fell to Tunstall 3-1 on the road Tuesday.

Set scores were close and competitive with Halifax winning set-one 25-23. Set two was a scrap with the Comets extending the game but falling 28-26. Five points separated the teams in the set three loss at 25-20. Tunstall dominated set four to close out at 25-13.

Comet coach Sunshine Martin said Tunstall brings a good program to the court. While her girls may be on a four-game losing slide at the time; she’ll take the Tunstall match in stride.

“We were a far cry from last year versus Tunstall,” Martin said. I was very pleased with our offense. Our hits were awesome.”

The team had 43 kills, 37 assists, 98 digs, and seven serve aces. Several players had big games including Trinity Martin, Sarah Watts, Shamya Hankins, Madison Barnes, Emma Payne and Kylie Satterfield. Martin, Hankins and Barnes had eight blocks.

“We did a great job of getting good sets off on not so great passes,” Martin added. “Our energy and effort are there.”

The coach keeps saying as soon as the team can clean up some areas more wins will follow. Serving errors are topping the list as this aspect of the game had direct impact on sets one and two – and some of the teams’ previous losses.

“We had one error in the first set and we won,” Martin said. “Five errors for us in second set; [we] lost the set.

“We have to change that. We definitely have got to improve our service game.”

The Comets at 2-4, and host Thursday. Bassett is 7-1 entering the match. Jayvee play begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Comets also has a recent schedule change. The match Patrick County next Thursday has been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Sarah Watts 5K, 9D, 16AS; Trinity Martin 2AS, 9D 12K, 3B, 5SA; Shamya Hankins 3B, 9K, 3D; Madison Barnes 7K, 2B, 26D, 2SA; Emma Payne 1K, 18AS, 14D; Arissa Conner 1K, 3D; Tessy Henderson 5K; Kylie Satterfield 1K, 1SA, 28D; Sarah Vernon 2K; Kate Jackson 1AS, 2D; Katie Reaves 2D.

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