All great teams go through struggles and it isn’t always pretty in the beginning. That’s why the great teams continue to show up and do the work. Goddard under first-year coach Dwayne Roberts has to feel like the end of the world is coming as the Lady Rockets great effort in the second game was wasted as they could not put the Hobbs Eagles away Thursday night at Ground Zero, losing 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-20 and 15-8.
“I’m kind of at a loss for words right now,” Roberts said. “We played them tough at moments. I don’t think we put a complete five-set match together. We played really well moments of the match but not complete.”
In the best match of the five sets, the Lady Rockets found themselves down 10-2 in the third set. They continued to dive, block until they forced a 22-22 tie as Hobbs hit the ball out of bounds. Goddard received key blocks at the net from Lacie Schooley, Sophia and Vittoria Price, along with Valerie Martinez.
“I felt like the turning point of the match was we started serving way more aggressive,” Hobbs coach Stacy Williams said. “We handled it on the service line and they struggled to pass and we took it to our advantage. With a good team like Goddard, you have to keep them out of system. That’s a great ballclub over there and they are going to do great things. Our goal from day one was to serve them aggressively.”
Goddard (0-2) is in 4A because of the reclassification and has to feel good about the effort in losing to 5A’s Roswell and Hobbs. They will not see this competition in 4A play when conference rolls around. All night long Goddard had trouble defending Alvse Parraz as she missed more shots than she made but made enough at the right time to hurt the Lady Rockets in the end.
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Going into the fifth set, the Lady Rockets got off to another slow start, 3-0 and in the fifth set against Roswell, they were down 7-1 in the fifth set. They battled back to 8-7 in the fifth set, but unforced errors allowed for the Lady Eagles to pull away as Goddard could only score one more point in the game.
“If I had that answer, I might be a millionaire,” about his team starting the fifth set slowly. “I’ve got to find a way to make them feel the pressure of the fifth set. The fifth set is a shortened game and if you get down it makes it tough to come back. My outlook on the season hasn’t changed, we are showing signs of progress.”
Goddard returns to action against cross-town rival Roswell at the Coyote Den at 6:30 p.m.