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Lady Comets knock back Patrick County team, win 3-2 / October 12, 2017
Halifax County High School varsity volleyball turned back a determined challenge from Patrick County on the road, winning the match 3-2.

The Comets started the first game of the match slowly. The Lady Comets never really got going in the first game of the match. “Patrick County came out with some big strong hits on from their front row in the first game. They simply overpowered us and we failed to cover the court and block their big hitters,” said coach Tiffaney Bratton.

In the second game of the match the Comets struggled against Patrick County’s power. “They pounded us on the front line. We failed to block and even make attempts to block to slow down their power,” said Bratton.

“We called a timeout and I asked the ladies to settle down and have some fun. I just wanted them to concentrate more on our side of the net because that has been a positive winning point for us this season. When we concentrate on controlling our side we do much better,” said Bratton.

The Comets started a good positive drive from some great serving from Rose Spainhour and Mackenzie Lawter. “Both ladies gave us some big serves to put us ahead and we never looked back to win that game of the match,” said Bratton.

The Comets won the second game of the match to even the contest.

In the third game the Comets came out flat again and seemed to allow Patrick to get its power game going. “We reverted back to allowing the big hits on the front row. They capitalized on our mistakes and we never got going at all in the third game,” said Bratton.

“I spoke with the team and I asked them to simply calm down and have some fun doing exactly what we have done all season. I just wanted them to control the ball on our side of the net and cover the court,” said Bratton.

Halifax did just that in the fourth game of the match. The Comets displayed solid defense and great ball control.

“We got some key blocks from junior middle hitter Savanna Cabaniss. Savanna finally got on the black against their big hitter and that helped the momentum swing in our favor. We got some good defense from Katie Cole on the back row and some solid nack and front row effort from Leigh-Anne McCormick. Leigh-Anne seemed to come on with some big hits and some excellent hustle plays to help the momentum,” said Bratton.

The Comets shifted the momentum even more with some big return hits from Savanna Cabaniss on the front row. The Comets also some great serving from Senior outside hitter Calli Neal. “Calli really served well in that game. She put the ball in some key spots and got some good points to get us ahead and we never looked back,” said Bratton of the game four win. At this point, the match was tied, two games apiece.

In game five the Comets took command and never looked back. “We knew that we shifted the momentum in the final game of the match. The ladies did what they do best and with smiles on their faces. They controlled the ball and capitalized on Patrick Co.’s mistakes,” said Bratton.

Halifax is on the road to Franklin County tonight for another Piedmont District match.

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