The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team lost to Franklin County on Columbus Day in four sets: 10-25, 23-25, 9-25 and 21-25.

“Playing on a Monday is tough but playing on a Monday with no school is worse. The girls are creatures of habit so anytime we take them out of their normal routine it’s hard to get them into gear,” said head coach Sunshine Martin.

According to Martin, the lady Comets played with a lack of energy resulting in the first and third set losses.

“When we are high energy on the floor, we are hard to beat,” said Martin.

Emma Payne had a big game for the Comets putting up 14 assists and 11 digs, while Trinity Martin also had game with 10 kills and eight digs.

“Franklin has a division one hitter and she’s tough. We did a much better job in the second and fourth sets of containing her more. We got a lot of hands on her hits but couldn’t put them down for the block,” said Martin.

Sarah Watts had four assists, 11 digs, three kills and one ace; Martin had three aces, 10 kills, one assist and eight digs; Shamya Hankins had four digs, two kills and one ace; Madison Barnes had three kills and nine digs; Arissa Conner had one dig; Jadyn Harlow had two kills and one dig; Kylie Satterfield had one kill and 19 digs; Kate Jackson had one ace and one assist; Tessy Henderson had five kills; and Katie Reaves had two digs.

“We have to hope that this will help us be prepared for our next match,” Martin concluded.

The lady Comets currently hold a record of 6-9 and are 3-5 in the Piedmont District sitting in fourth place, and one game behind Patrick County.


The Halifax County JV lady Comets put on a show and won in three sets in their Monday matchup against Franklin County losing the first set with a score of 22-25 but winning the next two, 25-23, 15-12.

This was the girls’ first game back after a two-week hiatus and they were still able to come out strong and get the win.

“I was extremely proud of our girls last night, and even after not playing for a couple weeks, the girls battled and pulled off a great win in three sets,” said JV head coach Kirk Barnes.

He added, “We started very slowly in set one, but began getting our mojo back near the end of the set which then carried over into the next two sets.”

Makayla Powell and Blakely Martin had big games for the Comets as Powell put up 17 digs and nine assists, while Martin had 23 digs.

“Our service game was still on point, and we scrambled to keep the ball in play on defense. The passing, setting and hitting improved as the night went on,” said Barnes.

Abby Duffer had one assist, 13 digs and one kill; Olivia Seamster had seven digs and one ace; Powell had one kill, one block, 17 digs, nine assists and one ace; Martin had one block, five assists, 23 digs and two aces; Erin Satterfield had two digs and eight kills; Peyton Irby had eight kills, one assist, five digs and three aces; Hannah Terry had eight digs; and Jacie Snead had two digs and one ace.

“It was by far the most satisfying win of the season,” Barnes concluded.

The jayvee team currently sits at a record of 6-4 and will have the chance to improve their record two more times this week.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him