It has taken awhile, but the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team picked up its second win of the season Tuesday night, topping Martinsville High School 3-0 at Halifax County High School.

Tuesday night’s win in the Piedmont District contest improved the Comets’ record to 2-7 on the season.

The Comets continued to show improvement in Tuesday night’s contest, taking the win in straight sets by scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-17.

“Winning is way more fun,” said Comets head coach Meg Bane, “and winning when you play well is even better for the team to grow when we face tougher competition in the future. The kids played well. They moved well. All around our passing was better, setting was excellent, and our hits were more consistent.”

Halifax County High School faced its only serious challenge in the third set. After having seen Martinsville High School lead most of the early portion of the set and having battled through three ties, the Comets took the lead at 12-11, then racked up three straight points to go up 15-11.

Martinsville High School would get no closer than two points the rest of the set, and the Comets pulled away to win the final set by an eight-point margin.

The Comets dominated the first two sets, leading all the way in winning the opening set 25-10. Martinsville High School scored the first point of the second set, but the Comets quickly took the lead, rang up a 13-3 edge and had no trouble in sealing the 25-10 second-set win.

One of the keys to the win was the Comets’ ability to do a better job of spotting their hits to where Martinsville High School could not cover the floor.

“We work on that a lot,” Bane pointed out.

“Being able to adjust to the defense that we are facing and being able to hit to the holes is important. The girls did a better job of not only controlling where they are hitting but also getting the ball in play.”

Another positive in the contest was the play of Arissa Conner, who Bane had pulled up from the Comets junior varsity squad.

“She played excellent on the back row,” Bane said.

“She helped us utilize better passing so that the setter was able to put up better sets, and therefore our hitters could hit more.”

Another positive was that Bane was able to put different players in different positions during the match.

“I saw a bunch of different things that I have been needing to see,” Bane noted.

“I tell our girls all the time there is no set lineup. It was fun to see all of the girls work together that usually don’t play together, throwing people in and out of different positions in different situations to figure out what works best for us.”


Halifax County 3 Martinsville 0

Set Scores – Halifax County 25-10, 25-10, 25-17

Points – Kendall Foushee 10, Trinity Martin 8, Arissa Conner 7, Madison Barnes 6, Sarah Watts 5, Bailey Bowen 4, Kirsten Wellons 4 Raegan Ridgeway 2, Kylie Satterfield 2

Aces – Bailey Bowen 3, Kendall Foushee 3, Madison Barnes 3, Trinity Martin 3, Arissa Conner 3, Sarah Watts 2, Kirsten Wellons 2

Kills – Sarah Watts 5, Kirsten Wellons 4, Bailey Bowen 3, Madison Barnes 2, Cassie Ashe 1, Raegan Ridgeway 1, Amanda Duffer 1, Trinity Martin 1

Assists – Sarah Watts 4, Madison Barnes 3, Kendall Foushee 2

Blocks – Bailey Bowen 1

Digs – Cassie Ashe 1, Kendall Foushee 1, Trinity 1

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at