CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats can’t stop Goddard

Clovis freshman Antiesha Brown hits around the block of Roswell Goddard’s Laura Fry (10) and Jamie Edgett during Thursday’s match at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks)

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent

Nobody celebrates a kill shot quite like Clovis’ Siobhan Flatow. But even her fist-pumping was noticeably muted after she hit one winner Thursday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium.

Only about 20 minutes before, a Flatow-generated run had put Clovis (7-6) in position to gain control of the match and possibly hand Roswell Goddard its first loss of the season. Now, however, her winner merely stopped a 5-0 Lady Rockets run that left the fourth-game score at 21-7 in favor of the visitors.

Goddard (12-0) went on to win the match 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17.
In the third game, Flatow served four consecutive aces at one point — part of a 12-1 run to seemingly give the host Lady Wildcats command.

But a 15-8 lead turned into an 18-13 Clovis lead and, finally, into a four-point deficit as the Lady Rockets reeled off 10 of the next 11 points to go up 23-19. Goddard eventually won to go up two games to one and then cruised in the fourth.

“We gave it all back in a couple of service runs,” said Clovis coach Darrel Ray of his team’s collapse late in the third game. “We’ve just got to be more consistent. Our mistakes probably gave them 50 percent of their points.”

In the tight first game, neither team at any point could score more than two points in a row. Clovis (7-6), led by Jasmine McDonald’s 13 kills, went to game point on a kill by Lainey Flatow — who had nine kills and three blocks in the match.

Siobhan Flatow, Lainey’s older sister, then won the first game with a putaway to halt a 4-1 Goddard run.

The Lady Rockets were led by big-hitting Laura Fry’s 12 kills and five blocks.

Goddard gained the upper hand in the second game, going up 13-6 with a 6-0 run riddled with Clovis mistakes.

Bobby Bates, Goddard’s coach, said it was his defense that kept his squad in contention early on.

“We didn’t do a very good job in the first game,” he said. “We couldn’t get into a rhythm, but we made some changes in the second game.

“We also started being more aggressive with our serve and they had some trouble with their passing. When your passing’s bad, your attack’s not as good.”

The loss for Clovis was the first registered against a New Mexico opponent.

“We would have liked to take that ‘oh’ off the board for them,” said Ray, pointing to Goddard’s zero in the loss column. “But we’ll get another chance at them in Roswell.”