ROSWELL — The Clovis Lady Wildcats couldn’t overcome a sluggish start, and once-beaten Roswell Goddard went on to post a 25-12, 25-21, 25-23 on Thursday night.
The Lady Cats (8-8) made the trip without ailing senior outside hitter Siobhan Flatow, and coach Darrel Ray said they struggled to adjust to her absence.
“She’s kind of the emotional leader of the team,” Ray said. “We had to jockey the lineup a little bit.
“Siobhan takes on a lot of responsibility and does a lot of things well.”
Once they got through the first game, the Lady Cats played much more competitively the rest of the way and exchaned leads often with the Lady Rockets.
Ray said middle hitters Jasmine McDonald and Lainey Flatow both had solid nights.
“Both of our middles stepped up and played well,” he said. “Lainey probably had 12 or 13 kills and seven or eight blocks.
“Jas had a slow start, but she played well overall too.”
In preliminary matches, Goddard edged the Lady Cats 25-18, 18-25, 17-15 in the junior varsity action, dropping Clovis to 10-4 for the season, while the CHS “C” team notched a 25-16, 25-11 victory.
The Lady Cats begin District 4-5A play next Thursday at Hobbs.