By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers
Clovis Christian advanced to the title game of its four-team tournament Saturday before running into Floyd’s two-girl wrecking crew of setter Kelli Johnson and outside hitter Darcee Chenault.
Johnson and Chenault had eight kills and five aces as Floyd swept Clovis Christian 26-24, 25-20 in the championship match.
“I thought it was a great match,” Clovis Christian coach Ceil Boatman said. “Floyd has a tremendous team. They picked our holes and our girls didn’t recover.”
Boatman said Floyd’s consistency was the difference.
“I thought we were passive in certain situations,” Boatman said. “You can’t play passive in volleyball, you have to be the aggressor. And they were aggressive the whole time. Their hitting, their serving, everything was aggressive. That is what set them apart.”
Clovis senior setter Mollie Peterson said the Broncos finished their plays well.
“Floyd had some really good hits that we couldn’t dig,” Peterson said. “They were hitting some spots that we couldn’t pick up in the middle.”
Bridgette Shackleford led Clovis Christian with four kills, Lauren Wagner added four aces, and Shelby Nobles recorded three aces, a dig and a kill.
Boatman said she likes what she sees from her team so far.
“They are coming together,” Boatman said. “They’ve got the heart. That is what you want to see early in the season.”
Clovis Christian went 4-2 in pool play.
In the semifinals, Clovis Christian defeated Victory Christian 25-12, 25-21.
Floyd coach Tandee Delk said her team stepped up their quality of play for the finals.
“I’m glad we pulled it off,” Delk said. “This morning we didn’t play very well.”
Delk said the play of her two senior stars helped seal the victory.
“Kelli (Johnson) is a great setter,” Delk said. “She is a good all-around player. She is smart on the court and that helps so much.”
Delk thought Chenault could have been even more of a force.
“Darcee (Chenault) can just hammer the ball,” Delk said. “She actually didn’t have a very good day today. When she is on, she is unstoppable.”
Victory Christian beat Gateway Christian 25-20, 25-23 in the third-place game.
Peterson, Chenault and Johnson were named to the all-tournament team along with Clovis’ Sam Barnett, Victory Christian’s Lynsey Mattingly and Danielle Silva, and Gateway Christian’s Michelle Carey and Sarah Hellums.