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Goddard and St. Pius X, it’s on again


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ALBUQUERQUE — These Lady Rockets must have had bread and butter with their meal last night, because they are on a roll.

Not only are they on a roll, they are having a good time doing it, with them serenading and thanking the Goddard faithful that came to Albuquerque to support them.

Nothing has fazed this team yet, not even getting roughed up in the first match by the Albuquerque Academy, 25-11. That was one game.

The players regrouped between sets, and the diminutive Goddard coach, Kristi Hager, went to work, standing at the opposite end of the court contorting and bending her body with each point as if she were playing the game. Hager could be seen clapping and giving encouragement to her team.

When the Chargers made a run, Hager would call a timeout and break their momentum by keeping her taller players in front of the net side-by-side to block shots at the net. This move influenced the shorter Chargers and allowed Goddard to win in four sets: 11-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-20.

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“We came out a little slow for this morning’s match,” Hager said. “We need to pick it up this afternoon. We’ll definitely roll with that win, we’re going to go have a good lunch and get back at it.”

The third-year coach has been to the finals before, finishing runner-up last year to St. Pius X, 3-0. In her first-year, Goddard finished in the top eight.

“For the program, it means we have some good years coming,” Hager said, “but we’re focusing on next. It should be a fun game.”

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