- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
For the Comets’ varsity volleyball team to challenge Patrick Henry and Franklin County for a Western Valley District championship, it must take advantage of its strengths at the net and behind the service line. It managed to do both Thursday, and the result was a three-game sweep of William Fleming in the Comets’ district opener.
At the net, Jordan Miller had 10 kills and 14 attacks to lead the Comets, while Kelsy Williams had five kills and six attacks.
Behind the service line, Kendall Lloyd had 19 effective serves, 14 service points and five service aces, while Chris Bradshaw had 14 effective serves, 12 service points and four service aces.
Despite a small lapse in concentration in game two, Halifax was never threatened in improving to 6-4 on the season.
“It’s nice to get that first district win,” acknowledged coach Steve Mattox.
“Overall, I think we played really well. Game two kind of got away from us a little bit. We were up at one point I think 11-4 and blew quite a sizable lead.
“William Fleming has a quality coach, and they have athletes and definitely blocking potential.”
In William Fleming, the Comets saw another team that plays a slower style of volleyball, with a lot of dumping and digging as opposed to a power game at the net.
The Comets had to adjust to that style Thursday night, Mattox explained.
“I think we like a more uptempo game,” he said. “Sometimes you play an opponent with an off-speed game, and its kind of hard to adjust to it.”
Overall, Mattox thought his team did well in its first district test.
“Jordan will be our go-to girl all season,” he pointed out.
“She’s our strong side hitter and had some very nice kills.”
“Kelsy as a weak-side hitter did very well, and in serving Kendall Lloyd and Chris Bradshaw did very well.
“We also got quality setting from the Bane girls (Kate and Meg).”
Halifax has a big test tomorrow in its first away district match of the season, in Roanoke against Patrick Henry.
Service Aces: Lloyd five; Bradshaw four; Autumn McFadden two; Kate Bane, Meg Bane, Williams one
Good Serves: Lloyd 19; Bradshaw 14; Kate Bane eight; Williams seven; McFadden five; Meg Bane three; Gabrielle Spainhour, Miller two
Service Points: Lloyd 14; Bradshaw 12; Kate Bane seven; Williams, McFadden five; Meg Bane two; Spainhour, Miller one
Kills: Miller 10l Williams five; Lloyd, Lindsey Wilkins three; Kate Bane, Whitney White, Spainhour one
Attacks: Miller 14; Lloyd nine; Williams six; White five; Bradshaw, Wilkins two; Spainhour one
Good Passes: Williams 16; Lloyd 14; Miller 11; McFadden eight; Bradshaw five; White two; Meg Bane, Wilkins one
Good Sets: Meg Bane 24; Kate Bane 19; McFadden two; Lloyd one
Blocks: White one