By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
The Lady Ram volleyball team gave Goddard two close games, but the Lady Rockets took both and dominated in the third game for a road sweep Tuesday night at Portales High.
Scores were 28-26, 27-25, 25-12 in favor of Goddard.
“(The problem) was the serve-receive,” said Portales coach Ruth Chavez, who pointed to 10 serve-receive errors in the third game.
After dropping the first two games, the Portales girls never got any momentum going in the third game.
“We just got down (in the third game),” Portales junior Tara Johnson said.
“I think we’re swinging hard, we’re playing good offense,” Chavez said. “We just have to work hard and get our serve-receive. That’s a tough thing to do. I think it’s one of the toughest skills in volleyball.”
The Lady Rams jumped out in front of the visitors in Game 1, taking an 8-4 lead after several Bethany Self kills. Portales kept their lead, even built on it, taking an 11-6 lead, but Goddard rallied to a 23-23 tie and won five of the final eight points.
“It always comes down to the team that’s swinging hard and the team that can serve-receive,” Chavez said. “We did fine the first two games, (but not in the third).”
The second game offered much of the same, as the teams were tied at 6-6, before the Portales girls scored eight of the next nine points to take a 13-7 advantage. The Lady Rams led 17-12 before Goddard fought back to take a 21-20 lead. Self spiked home a point to tie the score at 25-25, but Goddard scored two straight points to win the second game 27-25.
“If we had got either one of the first two (games) it would have been a whole different story,” Chavez said. “I think we could have maybe shut them down a little bit.”
The Lady Rams (8-5) travel to West Las Vegas Thursday, before starting District 4-3A play Tuesday at Dexter.
“I know what I have, and I know what I have to do to get them where they need to be,” Chavez said. “I think they’re coming along and playing well.”