Solid performances from several players weren’t enough for the Halifax County Middle School volleyball team, which suffered a loss in its season opener on Tuesday, a 25-18 and 25-14 setback at Laurel Park Middle School.
Hannah Abbott and Olivia Seamster each finished with three service aces to lead the Lions, with Abagail Conner and Cara Dyer each compiling one service ace.
Abbott and Seamster also combined for 13 service points during the match, Abbott finishing with seven service points and Seamster with six service points.
Hannah Terry added two service points and Dyer one service point for Halifax County, which got three kills from Seamster and one each from Abbott, Conner and Dyer.
Conner and Abbott each compiled one assist for the Lions, which competed at a high level despite the loss, according to coach Savanna Cabaniss.
“The Lady Lions played well for their first match of the season,” Cabaniss noted, adding that the team communicated and supported each other despite being nervous for the first match of the season, away from its home gym and against a good opponent.
“They communicated and supported each other both on the court and on the sidelines,” said Cabaniss.
“It was a successful match against a competitive team. I see so much potential in our girls, and I can see us having an accomplishing season.”
Coach Lynzie Adams complemented the Lions for their hustle, “sacrificing themselves to save a play, diving left and right in attempts to dig the ball.”
Halifax County returns to Lions gym for its home-opener on Tuesday against Martinsville Middle School, with the match slated to start at 5 p.m.