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Halifax County Middle School eighth-grade volleyball players are recognized on Tuesday in the first round of the semifinals versus Laurel Park. Being recognized are Hannah Abbott, who was accompanied by her parents Rob and Brandi Abbott; Cadence Howerton, who was accompanied by her parents Karen and Brandon Howerton; Miley Powell, who was accompanied by her mother Joy Powell; Maggie Reaves, who was accompanied by her father Ray Reaves; Abagail Conner, who was accompanied by her mother Tiffany Conner; and Hailey Jacobs, who was accompanied by her mother Felicia Jacobs.

Tuesday was eighth grader appreciation night for the Halifax County Middle School volleyball team, and the lady Lions put on a show and dominated Patrick County in the semi-finals round of the Jr. Piedmont District tournament, winning in straight sets 25-19 and 25-15.

Before the match, HCMS honored six eight graders, all of which started the match: Hannah Abbott, Abagail Conner, Miley Powell, Hailey Jacobs, Cadence Howerton and Maggie Reaves.

“The team’s serving, and quick passing led to a victory,” said head coach Lynzie Adams.

In the first set Abbott and Howerton each had three aces, and in the second set Jacobs and Conner also had three aces.

Abbott also had two kills in the first set, while conner and Kynnedy Riley both had one kill in the second set.

“The team played smart volleyball, and never gave up. The growth of these players, both individually and as a team is remarkable,” Adams concluded.

The lady Lions competed against Laurel Park in the Jr. Piedmont District championship on Thursday.

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The Halifax County Middle School Lions volleyball team pose for a quick picture with their coach Lynzie Adams after their Tuesday win versus Patrick County in the semifinal round of the Jr. Piedmont District playoffs, to send them to the championship game.

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The Halifax County Middle School Lions celebrate the kill against Patrick County by eighth grader Hannah Abbott in the semi final round of the Jr. Piedmont District tournament.

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Halifax County Middle School Lion Abagail Conner (12) prepares to serve against Patrick County.

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Halifax County Middle School Lion (6) Cadence Howerton prepares to serve the ball to the Patrick County side of the court on Tuesday in the Lions straight set win.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.