After a pair of tough losses to open the season, the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team got back on track for its first win at GW High School on Thursday, defeating the Eagles in three sets, 25-7, 25-9 and 25-16.
Amanda Duffer finished with 22 service points, 13 service aces and one kill for the Comets, Trinity Martin recorded six kills and six service aces, and Sarah Watts compiled eight assists and one ace.
Shamya Hankins finished with three kills and three service aces, Emma Payne had six assists, Kirsten Wellons and Madison Barnes each had two kills and one service ace, Jadyn Harlow had one kill and one service ace, Kate Jackson finished with two assists, and Bailey Bowen compiled one kill for Halifax County.
The first win of the season is always a positive, according to first-year head coach Sunshine Martin, who saw improvement in several areas since the last match, a home loss against Bassett.
“We cleaned up our service errors. In three sets, we had seven service errors, and they were getting their kills down in the court and not outside,” noted Martin.
“As far as our kill attempts, I think we had only three or four hit out of bounds, and everything else was in the court.”
GW did not field a jayvee volleyball team against the Comets, and Martin pulled up four jayvee players to get varsity experience.
“I’m starting to see a steadier rotation,” she explained.
“Last night was an indication that more subs would help with [conditioning], and I was able to give people breaks.”
Martin noted improvement on defense as well on Thursday.
“On defense, we were in the right places, and we had to work more on scrambling. GW did not attack the ball much, and that was good practice, because you have to be prepared for the ball at any time,” said Martin.
The Comets play at Patrick County on Tuesday, and Martin expects a tough match.
“I expect them to attack the ball,” noted Martin. “We think they’ll defend our attacks, so we need to step up our game and bring what we had against GW to Patrick County.”