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Jill Trickey attempts to make the stop on a hard block from Bluestone's Carmen Sturdifen during Tuesday's varsity volleyball match at Halifax County High School. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / September 14, 2010
Halifax County High School dug deep and held off Group AA Bluestone High School Tuesday night in a very competitive varsity volleyball match in the Comet gym.

The Comets' resolve was tested by the Barons in the third game. HCHS won all three games to sweep the match, but the finale could have gone either way.

HCHS prevailed, 25-12, 25-21 and 30-28.

Halifax improved to 6-1 overall, following a tournament win over the weekend.

Comet coach Steve Mattox said, "Tonight was when kids that typically don't get a lot of playing time ... get playing time.

"Rotation wise, we have a set rotation," Mattox said, but the reserves got some experience against Bluestone.

Mattox used a different rotation in game two that he typically does not start.

"Game three was an entirely new rotation. So you don't know what you'll get but you hope the best. You hope the kids perform well. "It worked out," Mattox said.

The Comets are away at Randolph-Henry Thursday, and then they meet the Lady Statesman next Tuesday.

The district schedule is almost here, and HCHS appears to be in position to contend for a regional berth.

Mattox said the team's progress is fantastic.

"These kids have a lot of confidence. They're playing well together. The Staunton River tournament showed everything. Of course, it raised the bar. They're playing against Altavista, which is a tough team. Honestly, I don't think we'll see any team that's any tougher than Altavista, as far as digs and defensive play. They dug everything we hit at them. We stayed five games and we were prepared to stay five games with them.

"We had a lot of confidence in game five and pulled it out," Mattox said. Mattox said the Comets play with considerable confidence.

There is one issue, as Mattox is concerned the Comets will sometimes play down to the level of the opponent. "Eventually, that's going to come back to haunt you," Mattox said.

But practices are smooth, and are improving.

As for the Comet contributers, Mylese Brown had one good serve, one service point, four kills, eight attacks. Sydney Puryear had three good serves, one service point and three attacks.

Jill Trickey had 12 aces, 20 good serves, 15 service points, one kill and one attack.

Kate Bane had one good serve, while Alex O'Neil had two good serves and Amber Oakes had two kills and three attacks.

Jamilia Smith had one ace, two good serves, seven kills and 12 attacks. Kendall Lloyd provided three good serves, two service points, four kills and four attacks.

Kelsy Williams had two aces, four good serves, two service points, four kills, and four attacks. Jamiesha Smith had one ace, four good serves, three service points and six kills, and eight attacks.

Abby Woltz had one ace, three good serves, three service points, and Kelsey White had one ace and four good serves, while Jordan Miller had two aces, four good serves, two service points and two kills, along with four attacks.



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