A win can do wonders.
Following a stretch where they had lost three straight matches and claimed just one set, Clovis outlasted Roswell High in the first game and cruised from there for a 27-25, 25-22, 25-20 victory Thursday at Rock Staubus Gym.
Antiesha Brown had 15 kills and Kirsti Shough had seven in a match Clovis coach Darrel Ray hopes can get the team back on track after five losses in their previous six outings.
“It was a condition where we haven’t seen a win the last two weeks, so getting a win was nice,” Ray said.
Clovis (6-5) led 23-18 late in the first game, but survived when Roswell committed three-straight errors after taking a 25-24 advantage.
From then on, the Lady Cats spent the match building large leads, and the Lady Coyotes (8-5) spent it trying in vain to play catchup.
They hit really well and they’re very tricky; you don’t know where they’re going.
“They got us in holes ... but I felt like we dug the holes ourselves with serving errors, hitting inconsistently,” Roswell coach Bryan Masse said. “We just didn’t get into a good rhythm, and Clovis had a lot to do with that.”
Shough had four of her kills in the second game, which saw Clovis jupm out to a 24-14 lead. She said Roswell was still a force even when they trailed, but Clovis’ energy pulled them through in key stretches.
“I think they had an off night,” Shough said, “and we had a great night.”
Ray said a key was limiting the Lady Coyotes’ Tara Shields, who had six kills but didn’t get the same amount of chances as Brown got for Clovis.
“We kept them off balance a little, but I didn’t want her to get on a roll,” Ray said of Shields.
Clovis took an 18-8 lead to open the third game, but lost a fair amount of its margin going deep into the rotation. Ray said the reserves didn’t play poorly, but admitted the Lady Cats did lose some rhythm.
In the end, though, it was enough to beat the Lady Coyotes, who host Hobbs on Tuesday.
“They’re big at the net, they block well,” Masse said. “Their libero (Felecia Aguilar, 11 digs) picked up a lot of stuff tonight.”
Clovis is back in action on Tuesday, hosting Artesia, before heading to Roswell and a rematch with the Lady Coyotes on Oct. 10.