The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team is showing signs of growth, but it wasn’t enough in a pair of early-week matches.

In a much better performance from when they met Appomattox County High School the first time this season, the Comets lost to the Raiders 3-0 Tuesday night at Halifax County High School, losing the first two sets by a score of 25-20 and dropping the decisive third set 25-18.

Wednesday night the Comets had a tough time on the road, losing 3-0 to Patrick County High School at Patrick County High School in Stuart. Patrick County High School swept the Comets in straight sets by scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-15.

The pair of losses dropped the Comets’ record to 1-7 on the season, with the one victory coming during the recent Altavista High School Invitational Tournament in which the Comets finished as the tournament runner-up.

Madison Barnes and Trinity Martin led the Comets in points scored with five each in Wednesday’s contest against Patrick County High School.

The Comets showed some mettle in Tuesday night’s match against Appomattox County High School. The Raiders dominated the first meeting of the two teams earlier in the season, but the Comets gave the Raiders a good challenge on this occasion.

Appomattox County High School led the entire first set, but saw the Comets stay within a five-to-seven-point margin all the way through. The Comets rallied just past the midpoint of the set to get to within a point at 19-18 before falling 25-20.

The Comets led early in the second set, but they fell behind by eight points twice before rallying. Halifax County High School trailed 20-12 but fought back to get to within three points at 23-20 before losing the set 25-20.

Halifax County High School kept the score close early in the third set, getting to within two points at 11-9. Slowly, the Raiders began to inch away from the Comets, opening up a margin of five-to-six points before taking the seven-point win at 25-18.

Comets head coach Meg Bane said the closer set scores in this meeting with the Raiders showed growth on the part of the team. She also noted that her team’s rallies came when they were able to hold serve, string together points and not make hitting errors.

“We were able to rally when we put the ball in play, got the ball in and didn’t have any hitting errors,” she pointed out.

“We allowed the other team to make the errors. When you do that, you will compete with any team.”

Bane also noted a couple of downsides.

“I didn’t think we did a good job of competing,” she pointed out.

“I also thought we came out with very low energy. It was kind of quiet in here. The girls warmed up really well before the game and had a lot of intensity, but when we came out we were kind of flat.”

HCHS MATCH RESULTS – WEDNESDAY VS. PATRICK COUNTY HS

Score: Patrick County High School 3 Halifax County High School 0

Set Scores: Patrick County 25-19, 25-18, 25-15

Points Scored – Madison Barnes 5, Trinity Martin 5, Kendall Foushee 4, Bailey Bowen 2, Kirsten Wellons 2

Kills – Kendall Foushee 4, Bailey Bowen 3, Raegan Ridgeway 2, Madison Barnes 2, Trinity Martin 2, Sarah Watts 1, Amanda Duffer 1, Kirsten Wellons 1

Assists – Madison Barnes 8, Kendall Foushee 5

Blocks – Bailey Bowen 2, Sarah Watts 1, Trinity Martin 1

Digs – Bailey Bowen 2, Sarah Watts 1, Kendall Foushee 1, Madison Barnes 1, Trinity Martin 1, Kirsten Wellons 1

HCHS MATCH RESULTS – TUESDAY VS. APPOMATTOX COUNTY HS

Score: Appomattox County 3 Halifax County 0

Set Scores: Appomattox 25-20, 25-20, 25-18

Points – Kendall Foushee 8, Sarah Watts 5, Kirsten Wellons 4, Bailey Bowen 3, Madison Barnes 3

Kills – Kirsten Wellons 5, Sarah Watts 4, Kendall Foushee 4, Bailey Bowen 3, Raegan Ridgeway 2, Trinity Martin 2, Amanda Duffer 1

Assists – Kendall Foushee 9, Madison Barnes 5

Blocks – Trinity Martin 2, Kirsten Wellons 2, Sarah Watts 1,

Digs – Kirsten Wellons 2, Sarah Watts 1, Kendall Foushee 1

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com.

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at jchandler@gazettevirginian.com