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Goddard upends Hobbs in home opener

Goddard’s Talor Mendoza (10) hits the ball back to the Hobbs side on Monday night at Ground Zero. (Steve Notz Photo)

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In a season that has been shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, for Goddard coach Dewayne Roberts, it helps to have senior leadership — especially since it has been 475 days since Goddard volleyball has been on the court.

It helps that Roberts has eight seniors back. Those players know what to expect and the style of play that has been to a state championship game and a semifinal game in his two seasons on the bench.

One of the things Roberts said he wanted to ensure during their time away from playing competitive volleyball was to keep his team in condition physically to withstand five sets of intense volleyball. It did not come to that as Goddard defeated Hobbs in three sets, 25-11, 25-19 and 26-24.

“It was a really good first win for us,” Roberts said. “The girls without us, we have not had a full team practice yet. I was pleased, and I did see some things we need to work on, but overall, the girls played well.”

In the first game of the season, Roberts tried a new rotation and some things he has been wanting to do, but because of the pods and restrictions, he could not. Roberts said the Hobbs team he faced was the best team he has played since he’s been the coach at Goddard.

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One of the keys to their time in the 4:1 pods was an emphasis on conditioning. Roberts said he tried to make sure his players went through conditioning in game-like drills whenever he had the chance.

“We were a little winded at the end,” Roberts said. “That’s to be expected. I think the adrenaline wore thin toward the end of the match. Conditioning-wise we were fine.”

Roberts said his team will continue to work on things and continue to get better. He said they have to play like it is a practice scenario, to see what works and to get in ready for district play, while attempting to win every game.

Roberts played freshman Mireya Armendariz at center.

“She (Armendariz) is good,” Roberts said. “She has a good feel for the game and knows what it takes to win. Sidney Bills had a great game, Sophia Valdez and Alissa Benavides had great games as well. We all played really solidly, not one person, but the team. Everybody was contributing and doing their part.”

Roberts said he was happy with his serving and receiving game and his defensive specialist. Roberts said he was very pleased with the team’s passing skills and he noted that if his team cannot pass the ball, they cannot win the game.

Goddard traveled to Clovis Tuesday, and Thursday they will play Carlsbad with a game against cross-town rival Roswell on Saturday.

“Our goal is to win every game that we play,” Roberts said. “Once we set foot on the floor, we want to win.”

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

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