The Clovis High volleyball team hopes it is peaking at the right time.
The Lady Wildcats matched a season best with their fourth consecutive win — and sixth in the last seven matches — with a 25-10, 25-20, 25-18 District 4-5A victory over Hobbs on Tuesday night at Rock Staubus Gym.
With the win, the Lady Cats (12-6, 3-0 district) wrapped up the district’s regular-season title and earned the right to host the district tournament championship match on Nov. 7.
CHS coach Darrel Ray said the Lady Eagles (4-14, 0-3) simply don’t have the size to be competitive on a night when they aren’t at their best. He noted Hobbs graduated most of its size off last year’s squad.
“Their JV is bigger than their varsity,” Ray said. “They just haven’t found the suitable replacements. Their size is still young.”
Senior setter Carissa Grummer said she thinks the Lady Cats are hitting their stride.
“We played good; we played with intensity,” said Grummer, who finished with 20 assists and added four kills, mostly on tips to open areas. “Our hits were there and our passes were there.
“We’re peaking at the right time. I think we can place pretty high at state if we keep playing the way we are now.”
Hobbs’ Luz Soto opened the match with an ace, but it was all Clovis the rest of the game. Sophomore outside hitter Paige Gardner had four of her match-high eight kills in the opening set.
Clovis opened a 17-9 lead in the second game on an ace by senior Carmela Caltagirone. The Lady Eagles mounted a comeback, but after closing to 18-15 a service error helped return momentum to the Lady Cats.
With Gardner on the service line, the Lady Cats turned a 6-5 deficit into a 17-6 lead in the third set. Gardner had two early aces in the run, and sophomore Alek Mendoza added back-to-back kills — one on an overpass and the other on a quick-set from Grummer.
Hobbs got as close as four points twice before Clovis finished it off.
Lady Eagles coach Kim Fisher said her team struggles with mental toughness.
“Tonight we had good moments, we had bad moments,” Fisher said. “We just need to relax and play as a team.”
Meantime, Ray said his sophomore front-row trio of Gardner, Kirsti Shough and Alek Mendoza continues to make strides in support of senior middle hitter Antiesha Brown.
“There was a time when if Antiesha wasn’t scoring, it was tough sometimes for us to get points,” he said. “But that hasn’t been the situation for the last month or so because these sophomores have really come along.”
The Lady Cats play their regular-season home finale on Thursday against Artesia before ending the regular season on Saturday with a district matchup at Carlsbad.