Goddard continued its domination of Clovis on the volleyball court.
The Lady Wildcats struggled from the get-go Thursday and were handed a 25-15, 25-16, 25-16 pasting by Goddard, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.
“Right now they’ve kind of got our number,” Lady Wildcats coach Darrel Ray said of Goddard, which hasn’t lost to Clovis since 2005. “They’re a better team than we are right now, and they have been for a couple of years.”
Junior outside hitter Halie Harton collected 13 kills, two blocks and four aces and kept the Lady Rockets (14-3) in command most of the way.
Goddard coach Bobby Bates said his team played well, but realized Clovis (9-5), ranked eighth in Class 5A, was off its normal game.
“We played well, we passed well, served well, blocked well,” Bates said. “Tonight, (Clovis’) passing was subpar.
“The game is passing and serving. I thought we passed better than they did, and we served more aggressively than they did.”
Junior outside hitter Madeline Greene added eight kills, six digs, two blocks and three aces as Goddard led virtually wire-to-wire. The Lady Rockets were coming off a 3-0 loss to Class 3A Ruidoso on Saturday.
Harton was the leader of the charge.
“For a junior, that’s pretty good,” Bates said of her overall performance. “Maddie (Greene) can also do some things for us.”
As for the Lady Cats, there wasn’t much to feel good about. Clovis fell behind 5-1 in the first game and 7-1 in the third, and led briefly only once — 4-3 early in the second game after an ace by junior Carissa Grummer.
“I didn’t feel we competed very well tonight,” Ray said. “We had too many unforced errors.”
Ray said Clovis’ top players didn’t come up big in this one.
“We’ve got to have our big players play big in big games,” he said. “We’ve got big players playing average in big games.”
Senior outside hitter Lainey Flatow had nine kills for Clovis, while junior middle blocker Antiesha Brown finished with five kills and a pair of blocks. The Lady Cats made their best run in Game 2, erasing a five-point deficit to pull even 12-12, but Goddard scored the next eight points — including three consecutive aces by Greene.
The Lady Cats return to action on Tuesday in their District 4-5A opener at Hobbs.