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Roswell girls storms the volleyball court

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J.T. Keith Photo Roswell’s Alex Gonzalez goes high to hit a kill shot against Portales Tuesday night at Coyote Den.

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Nothing that a good old dose of home cooking can’t cure for the Lady Coyotes. They won Tuesday night at the Coyote Den against Portales. In the fourth game of the set, Roswell girls had to dig down and play inspired volleyball to turn back the Lady Rams to win 25-18, 25-14, 27-29 and 25-17.

“That was kind of a must win tonight,” Baca said. “We needed to learn what that feels like to win again, after losing four games in a row. It’s tough. I thought in the middle of set three, we kind of let down.”

Back feels the key to the victory was minimizing their errors. Back is reworking her substitution pattern and the girls have to relearn how to play together. Back is hoping her team will take to the new system and rotation before district play starts.

The Lady Coyotes (3-4) will get to enjoy a little bit more home cooking when they get to stay home and host the Zia Classic starting on Friday.

“We are looking for two wins,” Baca said. ‘I expect that we will see some good competition. I’m looking for us to improve and get better. I’m happy with the win and there are some things we need to work on, but I’ll take it.”

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Alex Gonzalez led the team with 13 kills, Julia Espinoza had nine kills, Jalen Baca had four aces, 21 digs.

Roswell will play 9 a.m on Friday against Miyamura in the Zia Classic

Goddard

Goddard’s Dwayne Roberts is getting used to this winning thing. His lady rockets have won four out of five games. At Ground Zero the Lady Rockets defeated Clovis 25-7, 25-12 and 25-15. The game was not much of a contest as his system is starting to take effect and his players are starting to know where to be and how to react.

“It is starting to click all together,” Roberts said. “The girls are buying in and they have the confidence to get the job done.”

Goddard is looking to win the Zia Classic Championship back to Roswell.

“I think the end goal is to win the tournament,” Roberts said. “I think the girls have that in mind as well.”

Roberts feels like his system is working because the girls have bought in, and they want to win. His system is taking advantage of their height and his fast tempo offense. A lot of teams have trouble blocking at the net against the Lady Rockets.

Goddard will play in the Zia Classic 9 a.m. Friday against Clovis in pool play.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Lady Colt volleyball team fell to the Loving Falcons in three sets at Godfrey Athletic Center on the campus of NMMI.

The Lady Colts got down early in the first set but battled back to almost take the lead at one point. The Falcons were able to close the first set giving them a 25-17 set one win.

In the second set, The Lady Colts could not muster a big run to gain momentum in the set losing 25-12.

NMMI gained momentum in the third set. Loving did not get a big jump early and NMMI was able to take the lead 21-17, but after a Loving timeout, NMMI fell 25-23 in the third set.

Head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley said, “We are making too many errors and we cannot finish a set.”

Coach Schooley was pleased with her team’s effort for most of the third set. Coach Schooley said, “We started to communicate and we did not hesitate for balls. We started to play how we know how to play until the end of the set.”

Next up for the Lady Colts is a match against Gateway Christian at Gateway Christian High School on Tuesday, Sep, 20 at 6 PM.

Coach Schooley said it will take a team effort to win at Gateway. “We have to keep the same level of play throughout the match and not for just two or three-point spurts.”