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Lady Comets showing late season momentum

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Calli Neal, left, and Jeri Tyler work together at the net to try to repel this Park View shot. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / October 19, 2017
The last time Park View and the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball squads met, the Lady Dragons battled the Comets with determination.

On Monday night, Halifax showed some late season momentum, defeating Park View, 3-0.

Halifax won game one, 25-16, and game two, 25-12.

Park View stepped up in game three, before losing 28-26.

Halifax coach Tiffaney Bratton was pleased to see the Comets recover from tough losses last week.

“We were back to our old selves,” said Bratton. “Back to the old team and not being uptight, hitting the open spots, which had been our nemesis the last couple of games (Tunstall and FCHS).”

Bratton said the Comets might have been a bit uptight last week. Halifax lost control of the ball and the teams started moving the Comets around.

Park View had a fine team, and were evenly matched in South Hill.

“We were expecting a tough match,” said Bratton, who said once Halifax controlled the ball, the action was more favorable.

Halifax’s win provided more mental confidence heading into the senior night Tuesday.

As for the statistical leaders, Rose Spainhour had 38 attacks, while Leigh-Anne McCormick had 26. Savannah Cabaniss had 23. Calli Neal added 16.

As for kills, McCormick delivered 11, while Rose Spainhour and S. Cabaniss had eight.

Neal and Jeri Tyler had three.

In sets, Mackenzie Lawter had 65. McCormick added 34.

Spainhour led in service points with 30, while Lawter had 17. McCormick had nine and Cabaniss added six and Neal five.

In the good passes department, Spainhour had 24. Lawter provided 21 and Lauryn Chappell had 14.

Neal had 16 and Tyler 12.

Anna Dawson had two blocks.

Earlier, the jayvee volleyball team fell to Park View 2-0.

Park View won game one, 25-12, and followed with a 25-23 victory.

Abby Martin led in attacks with 13, followed by Kendall Foushee and Raegan Ridgeway with five. Kirsten Wellons, Lacey Wilborn and Bailey Bowen had one apiece.

As for the kills, Martin had two, while Foushee had one.

Foushee had 14 sets, followed by Ashlyn Strickland with four. Ridgeway had 12 service points and Wellons nine, with Foushee adding five. Amanda Duffer had four.

In the good passes category, Duffer provided ten, while Caroline Edmunds had nine. Wellons added eight and Hayley Beadles had five.

Martin had two blocks.

“The first game, we started off well, made a couple of mistakes.

“Second game, we played a whole lot better, the team played well together. Everybody covered their spots.

“It got down to the last few points, and the ball didn’t fall our way. They didn’t play bad. …We could not get that momentum back,” coach Jessica Martin said.

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