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Goddard nips Roswell at the wire; faces Artesia in district postseason championship

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Goddard High School sophomore Sophia Price looks to make a play against Roswell High School Thursday at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

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The Goddard Lady Rockets (10-12) and the Roswell Lady Coyotes (11-10) needed an extra frame Thursday night in the semifinal game of the District 4-5A postseason volleyball tournament at The Coyote Den.

Goddard won 25-22, 25-17, 21-25, 21-25 and 15-12 to advance to the title game in Artesia Saturday at 6 p.m.

“You know we had to take one point at a time,” said Kristi Hager Goddard head coach of the fifth and deciding game.

“We had to push to 5, push to 10 and push to 15 and not let anything rattle us and stick with our game plan, because it was gonna work,”Hager added.

The first game was close as both teams went back-and-forth, the Lady Rockets prevailed.

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In game two, Goddard was able to keep some distance between them and the Lady Coyotes.

The Lady Rockets had the brooms ready in the third frame. The Lady Coyotes had other plans as they were able to hold off a late charge by Goddard to force a fourth game.

The fourth frame was tight as the Lady Coyotes had a 22-16 lead. Goddard was able to get within striking distance, however Roswell was able to outmaneuver the visiting team forcing the final and deciding game.

“It’s hard to come in this gym and come out with a win,” Hager said. “It was awesome for our girls to be able to persevere and come back from winning the first two, losing the second two and finishing.”

The Lady Rockets have a day of rest before hitting the road to Artesia(18-2) Saturday night. The Lady Dogs swept Goddard 3-0 on two different occasions during the regular season.

Hager is expecting another “intense” game against Artesia in the Bulldog Pit.

“That’s another gym that’s extremely hard to play in,” she said.

She expects to see “a lot of aggression and intensity on both sides.”