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Bulldogs sweep Lady Rockets; clinch district title

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Goddard High School senior Camarynn Villalpando goes for the block against an Artesia player in a volleyball game Tuesday in Roswell. (Steve Notz Photo)

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The Artesia Lady Bulldogs, ranked #2 in the state, won their 14th straight match Tuesday night at Ground Zero with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-12 sweep of the Goddard Rockets. With the victory the Bulldogs clinched the district 4-5A title.

The host Rockets kept pace with the talented Bulldog squad through the first two close, exciting sets, and then fell apart in the deciding third set as they fell to 7-12 overall and back into third place in the district with one game remaining to be played.

The initial set saw both teams play on pretty even terms in the opening moments as both teams were making unforced errors inside the raucous gym. The Bulldogs would be the first to make a run as senior libero Alexa Riggs would serve two big winners and make a nice dig to give the visitors a 7-4 lead.

The hosts would keep it close as Vittoria Price would get a nice kill down the line and then follow that with a block. Later, Price would follow an ace serve with a kill to the back line to make it 10-8. Mistakes would start to mount for the Rockets and the Bulldogs were back in control at 17-12.

The Rockets would not lay down and started to inch back into the match. Sophia Price’s kill would make it 21-18, but they could never quite get the deficit under two points. A late kill by Haley Willis, followed by a Bulldog hitting error and a Rocket block would make it 23-21, but the hosts could not finish the set as they fell 25-22.

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Set two saw the Rockets jump out to a big 6-1 lead which included two kills by Vittoria Price and a block by Lacie Schooley. But, just like the first set, the Bulldogs used some great serving to get back into the match – this time by Stacia Martinez whose serves helped get the Bulldogs back into at 6-all.

The Bulldogs’ first lead would come at 8-7 following a dink, but the Rockets would eventually use kills by Vittoria Price and Schooley to get the tie and then a kill by Willis to retake the lead at 10-9. It would be the last lead for the Rockets.

With the score tied at 11-11, the Bulldogs went on a defining 6-1 run to take control of the set.

With the Bulldogs, who feature nine seniors in the lineup, keeping their mistakes to a minimum managed to go up 20-13 until the Rockets started to scrape back into it.

With Camarynn Villalpanod serving up some bombs, the Rockets closed to 18-20 and got the home team fans back into it. Schooley got the tie at 21-all following a kill that nipped the back line, but the Bulldogs managed to do just enough to close out the set as final hitting error gave the game to Artesia 25-22.

Set three was all Bulldogs. Villalpando got an early kill for the Rockets for an early 3-2 lead, but that lead would not last. Riggs would blast three winners for a 5-3 Bulldog lead and the lead would grow to 10-5 until the Rockets managed a run.

The Rockets would close to 12-9 but then the game would snowball out of control as the Bulldogs took advantage of all of the momentum and roll to the 25-12 win.

The Rockets have one final game – on the road at Lovington on Thursday before the district tourney begins on Tuesday.