CCS rolls against San Jon

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer

Figuring her team needed a jolt earlier this season, Clovis Christian volleyball coach Cecil Boatman decided to switch up the Lady Eagles’ offense.

She decided to move junior hitter Whitney Miller to setter, and the change proved fruitful Thursday night when Miller helped Clovis Christian to a 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 District 4-1A sweep of San Jon at the CCS gym.

Miller recorded 11 digs, five aces and four kills as she positioned herself in all the right places at the right times.

“I think that if we just keep our spirits up, and somebody can step up and be the leader,” Miller said. “It just keeps everyone going. We’re a young team and we can do it.”

Sophomore outsider hitter Jennifer Schaap added six kills, five blocks and two digs for CCS (12-5, 6-1 district).

In a game where Clovis Christian never trailed, the Lady Coyotes (3-16, 2-5) committed too many unforced errors, a product of what coach Tonya Davis called a “mental blockage.”

“We go so far and we just can’t get over that hill to finish it off,” Davis said. “We have the skill, we have the talent and we have the ability, but we just break down mentally more than physically.”

The second game was close most of the way with eight ties, but the Lady Coyotes committed five unforced errors to give Clovis Christian an early 5-0 lead. With the score knotted at 10, Lady Eagles senior hitter Cristen Wofford smashed home a kill through San Jon’s defense after a long volley.

Later in the second game, Wofford stuffed a Lady Coyotes attack to give CCS an 18-16 lead.

Early in the third game, Clovis Christian went on a 9-3 tear highlighted by Miller’s ace to the right side of San Jon’s court.

The Lady Coyotes rallied back late to make it close, but the CCS closed out the match with four of the final five points.

“Overall, they played and we made adjustments when we needed to,” Boatman said. “Sometimes that third game can be an ‘if’ game, where their guard gets down a little bit. But it was good for us that we didn’t have to play through that.”