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RETURN - Jill Trickey of the HCHS varsity spikers dives for the ball Thursday night against Bluestone. (David Conner II photo) / September 07, 2009
The very positive vibes from HCHS varsity volleyball continued to build Thursday night.

The Comet girls downed Bluestone, three games to one, and improved to 3-2 overall on the season.

HCHS dropped game one, 25-17, but rallied to win the next three games against the Lady Barons. HCHS won game two, 25-15, followed by 25-22 and 26-24 wins.

HCHS had a high serving percentage, 86 percent, and 81 passing percent. The Comets had a 93 percent setting rate.

Jessie Bagbey had a terrific individual performance. She finished with 12 service points, including three aces. Johanna Spencer had 11 service points, including six aces.

Jill Trickey had eight service points, including four aces.

Spencer had seven kills and Nia Brown four.

Comet coach Steve Mattox is increasingly optimistic about the season, even though HCHS struggled with some adjustments.

“We tried a little bit something new, a 4-2 defense, trying to strengthen up our back row. We had a hard time getting in a rhythm and everything. The kids’ movement wasn’t very good. Their communication was lacking.

“We’ve been running a different offense and defense. It’s going to take a while for them to get it.

“We started out very slow. Throughout the four games, we didn’t play up to our potential. It’s (the scheme) is something new for our defense. The whole idea behind it is, is to strengthen up our defense in the back row. We’ve got a kid who can put the ball away. We’ve just got to get the ball to her,” said Mattox.

In jayvee action the HCHS jayvee volleyball team dropped a non-district match to Person County Tuesday night, two games to one.

The Comets managed to prevail in game two, 25-18, but were outscored in game one, 25-17 and the pivotal third game, 15-9.

HCHS had dealt the Rockets a loss in the team’s previous meeting.

Kelsy Williams led the Comets in service points with five, while Miyanna Ross had three and Jennifer Lacks had two.

Kate Bane led the Comets in aces with four, while White and Lacks had two apiece. Kendall Lloyd paced the Comets in blocks with two. Lloyd and Williams had one kill apiece.

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