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Lady Comets pick up district road win; pick up invitational title

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The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team continued its strong early season play Saturday, winning the Heritage Invitational tournament. Halifax defeated Staunton River 3-0 and Altavista, 3-2.
SoVaNow.com / September 11, 2017


Halifax County High School varsity volleyball battled past Tunstall, 3-2, on the road, for their sixth regular season win Thursday night.

Tunstall started the best of five match with strong play. Tunstall started the first game very strong with some big hits from their front line.

“Tunstall had some big hitters. They really showed us our first look at good hitting on the front row and also some good defense on the other side of the court as well,” said coach Tiffaney Bratton.

Tunstall had some great defensive plays on the Comets with some big blocks to stop the comet offense in the first game of the match. Halifax struggled with getting past a big front line and consistent ball handlers on the other side. Halifax fell in game one.

Halifax saw more of the same in the second game, also a Tunstall win.

“We could not get past their front line. The girls continued to hit into their block and give them easy clear looks at our side,” said Bratton.

Tunstall got big hits and good defense to repel the Comet efforts for the first and second games.

But Halifax came up with a different strategy the rest of the way, and the Comets won three straight games and the match.

“We finally realized that we could not overpower that team. We reverted back to our game and started to hit the ball in places that they could not get to.

“This opened the front line up so our front row players could get some good power shots to win (game three),” said Bratton.

The Comets started to get good serves that made the team struggle with getting the passes to their setter. The third game was a success for the Comets. Great serves from Rose Spainhour, Jeri Tyler, and Calli Neal helped the team make Tunstall change up their offense. Halifax won the third game with some good power shots from Savanna Cabaniss and Leigh-Anne McCormick. “The girls really dug down and pulled it out when I needed them to. They managed to turn the momentum in our favor,” said Bratton.

In the fourth game, Halifax capitalized on great serves from Mackenzie Lawter and Katie Cole. Halifax found a weakness in the Tunstall defense and exploited it to get some key serves and points. Halifax also delivered key blocks on the front row which really stopped Tunstall’s momentum.

“We finally figured out how to get on the block and stop their big hitters on the front row. Some key blocks from Calli Neal, Savanna Cabaniss, and Leigh-Anne McCormick brought us back into our game and we managed to control that game with ease,” said Bratton.

At this point, the match was tied, 2-2.

With momentum moving in their favor, Halifax started with key serves to get some points to start the fifth and final game of the match. The blocking and aggressiveness at the net led to the Comet win. Halifax had some great hustle plays throughout the match from Lawter.

“Mack ran the floor well and really controlled the flow of the game which we need to win. Key blocks stopped any momentum that Tunstall may have had in the final game of the match.

“Our front row was great. The girls really pulled out some key plays and with great control. We really looked like a team tonight,” said Bratton.





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