Clovis’ Janell Gallegos attempts to block the ball during Thursday’s match against Roswell Goddard at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)
By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
While senior outside hitter Aimee Hilburn struggled Thursday night, several of her Clovis High teammates stepped up to lead the Lady Wildcats past Roswell Goddard.
With the Lady Rockets containing Clovis’ primary weapon, coach Darrel Ray pointed to the play of juniors Siobhan Flatow and Janelle Gallegos and senior Jessica Russell as the Lady Cats posted a 25-18, 25-17, 26-24 win at Rock Staubus Gym.
Ray said Hilburn’s frustration could best be seen when she served.
“They got to Aimee a couple times, and you could see that she got a little off her game,” Ray said. “I think it affected her serve as much as anything. She is normally a better server than she was tonight.”
Hilburn recorded an ace during the third game for a 17-7 lead, but she put the next serve into the net.
Ray said Flatow picked up some of the slack on the service line.
“It was probably her best service performance ever,” he said. “She did a great job.”
During a key stretch in the second game, Flatow started her serve with the Lady Cats ahead only two points. Six serves and five aces later, Clovis had a comfortable 20-12 lead.
Gallegos had a good all-around night, Ray said.
“(It was the) best performance I’ve seen (from) her in the purple and white,” he said. “She passed great and executed really really well. It was almost a flawless night for her.”
Ray added that Russell also played a solid match.
“I’ve never seen that girl that aggressive and serve that well,” said Ray, whose team improved to 8-5 for the season. “She fueled a game one run and a run in game too. She did a super job.”
“I think the improvement of those three girls in those positions were key to what we did tonight.”
Goddard coach Bobby Bates said the Lady Rockets (4-8) had opportunities in the match, but failed to take a game.
“Receiving serves really killed us tonight,” Bates said. “I think our defense is better than their defense, but their service-receive was better than our service-receive, and that’s a crucial part of the game.”
The Lady Cats notched 10 aces in the match.
Clovis 3, Goddard 0
Goddard 18 17 24
Clovis 25 25 26
Kills — Goddard, Jacie Kuykendall 5, Kelly Edgett 3. Clovis, Aimee Hilburn 12, Jasmine McDonald 3, Janell Gallegos 2, Siobhan Flatow 2. Digs — Goddard, Edgett 1, Megan Eckel 1. Clovis, Samantha Ramos 3, Kim Perkins 1, Tarah Sweet 1. Aces — Goddard, Kuykendall 2. Clovis, Flatow 7, three tied with 1. Assists — Goddard, Edgett 3, Eckel 2. Clovis, Sweet 15. Records — Goddard 4-8, Clovis 8-5.
Texico 3, Santa Rosa 1
Santa Rosa 23 12 25 15
Texico 25 25 21 25
Kills — Stephanie Bailey 14, Erika Autrey 12. Blocks — Autrey 6, Bailey 3. Digs — Faith Martin 6, Bailey 5. Aces — Autrey 8, Brittany Anderson 3, Bailey 3, Bryn Mayfield 3. Assists — Mayfield 37. Record — Texico 8-3 (1-0 district).
Logan 3, Clovis Christian 0
Clovis Christian 19 26 25
Logan 25 28 27
Clovis Christian leaders
Kills — Tasha Daale 6, Sam Barnett 5, Jennifer Schaap 4. Blocks — Schaap 7, Dale 3. Digs — Barnett 7, Amanda Montanez 5. Record — Clovis Christian 7-4 (0-1 district). Junior high — Clovis Christian def. Logan 25-21, 25-22.