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Goddard seniors romp over Ruidoso

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Goddard seniors volleyball players on Senior Day. Valerie Martinez, Alyssa Hernandez, Tatiana Villa, Stephanie Dela Rosa and Vittoria Price. (Steve Notz Photo)

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Iron is supposed to sharpen iron and after losing twice to district rival Artesia in a seven-day period, and once to Albuquerque Academy and also tying Hope Christian in the Rio Rancho Tournament, Goddard also played St. Pius X as well. They couldn’t help but feel like they have gotten better and it will make them sharper come time for the district and for their run toward the Blue Trophy.

Tuesday’s game against Ruidoso was important to win, not to mention, doing it impressively before heading into district play. Roberts rewarded his seniors by starting all five of them (Tatiana Villa, Alyssa Hernandez, Valerie Martinez, Vittoria Price and Stephanie Dela Rosa), for their loyalty to the program and to say thank you.

“To be frank,” Goddard coach Dwayne Roberts said, “we didn’t play well over the weekend. We need a win like this tonight. Senior Night, I was a little worried because most Senior Nights tend to be a little emotional. The girls came out and took care of business like I needed them to. We have to be more consistent in our play this season.

It was important for the Goddard Lady Rockets to come out and make a statement to Ruidoso early in the game on Senior Night. In the first game of the match, All-Stater Lacie Schooley did her best to send the seniors out in style as she dominated the net along with help from Sophie and Vittoria Price as they took turns making kills at the net. The Warriors had no answer for the velocity of the kills from those three players as they sent the seniors out with a 25-5, 25-6 and 25-9 romp in three straight sets at Ground Zero.

“We all were excited to have senior night,” Vittoria Price said. “I have been working on being an option every play and to do my job. At the net, my outsides talk to me and I just listen to them. I think we can win district. I really want to win the whole tournament because it’s my last year. I think it is very doable.”

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Senior Valerie Martinez had her moments when she served five straight points to give the Lady Rockets a 21-9 lead in the second game of the match. Martinez had a number of kill shots that she will remember for a long time.

“Today was motivational for us,” Martinez said. “We were all just ready for Senior Day. We’ve all grown on this team and in this program and we wanted to make sure we shined on our day. We were setting goals before the game.”

Martinez feels like she has accomplished her goal of being a leader and holding herself and teammates accountable to the team. She believes that for Goddard to be successful, the team has to hold their actions accountable, but also their attitudes as well and feels that not many people know how mental volleyball is as a sport.

“For my senior year,” Martinez said, “I’ve been more accountable for my actions and my hitting percentages, and playing wise and getting my serves in. The season has been short, but I think we can take the district.”

Roberts feels like his first senior class is special because he looked on what to do and how things were done. He also talked to them about what should be changed.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of them,” Roberts said. “I can’t tell them how much they mean to this program. Just because they are seniors this year doesn’t mean they are not going to be a part of this program in the long run. They’re great. I wish I had them two more years.”