Loses in back-to-back matches at Bassett and Patrick County high schools last week leave the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team with a 2-5 record heading into the last week of the season.

The Comets dropped three straight sets against Patrick County on Friday by 25-14, 25-15 and 25-17 scores, and in a more competitive match they lost at Bassett on Thursday 25-10, 25-16 and 25-20.

The Comets played a good match against Bassett but came out flat against Patrick County and never truly recovered, according to head coach Sunshine Martin.

“[Friday] just wasn’t our night. Being on the road for two long trips back-to-back is tough, but we’ve got to not play flat,” explained Martin.

“We had a total of eight service errors sprinkled throughout the three sets. Our hits were off as well as our passing, and we’ve got to regroup and get ready to finish our season next week.”

Amanda Duffer had two service aces, two kills, Kylie Satterfield with eight digs, one assist and one kill, Tessy Henderson with three kills and one block, Jadyn Harlow with one service ace, Kirsten Wellons with three kills, Trinity Martin with one service ace and one block and Sarah Watts with one kill and six assists against Patrick County.

Arissa Conner had three digs, while Madison Barnes two aces and two kills against Patrick County.

Comets drop match at Bassett

The varsity volleyball team lost in three sets at Bassett High School on Thursday falling 25-10, 25-16 and 25-20.

Henderson finished with three blocks and three kills for the Comets, while Wellons also had a good all-around match with four blocks, three kills, two service aces and one assist.

Barnes finished with five digs, four kills, two service aces and two assists, Martin with six kills, five digs and one block, Satterfield with eight digs and one ace and Watts with six assists for the Comets.

Duffer added two assists and one service ace, Conner with three digs, Emma Payne with one assist and Harlow with one kill for Halifax County.

If not for four missed serves in the third set, the Comets could have extended the match, coach Martin pointed out.

“Missing four serves in the last set really hurt, and it could have been a game changer,” she said.

“We are consistently improving on the things we do in practice, but in a shortened season we just don’t have the time to keep things rolling.

“Tessy Henderson was key on the front row tonight, several players contributed with hits, and overall I was pleased with how we improved in our play.”