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Lady Comets knocked out of regionals

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Coach Tiffaney Bratton watches during Saturday’s varsity volleyball game
SoVaNow.com / November 13, 2013
The Halifax County High School volleyball team has been eliminated in 5-A north regional action by the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria.

The Comets lost in three sets Tuesday night, 25-8, 25-20 and 25-20.

It’s been an historic run for the Comet spikers, who advanced further in regional play than any other previous HCHS squad.

Coach Tiffaney Bratton said, “We started out kind of like a ‘dear in the headlights’ type deal.

“We were down 10-0 from the start (in game one),” said Bratton.

“We had some trouble serving in the first game. That was just nerves.”

Bratton said the Comets did not play their power game. “We didn’t cover the court, didn’t pass well. We did not get good sets and did not get good hits, so fundamentally, we just fell apart in the first game,” said Bratton.

The Comets were more competitive in both the second and third games, and led in both sets. But HCHS could not sustain the momentum and lost in three games.

“I don’t know if it was the confidence thing. I don’t know if it’s still the (negative) psyche of being in Northern Virginia and playing a Northern Virgina team,” she said.

“We were letting balls drop, which we never do,” she said.

“They (TJ) were hitting holes, that we weren’t covering,” said Bratton, who could not correct the problem, even with timeouts.

“It was just a mental thing, it wasn’t a physical thing. They (TJ) didn’t overpower us, like Albemarle ...”

This was a valuable learning experience for the Comets.

Bratton said she was pleased with the postseason run for what’s still a young team.

HCHS loses just three seniors from this club, Megan Puckett, Chris Bradshaw and Maddie Jackson.

The Comets have two juniors returning and four sophomores. There will be four retuning starters: Whitney White, Gabby Spainhour, Cecilie Elliott and Taylor Barnes.

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