Antiesha Brown was relatively quiet for two games Saturday night.
In the third, she finished off the Onate Lady Knights.
Brown registered eight of her match-high 16 kills in the third set and Clovis High played one of its better overall matches of the season in dispatching Onate 25-16, 25-17, 25-11 at Rock Staubus Gym.
At times up and down within matches this season, the Lady Cats (9-6) erased a 2-0 deficit with seven consecutive points in the first game and, except for one brief tie early in Game 2, stayed in front throughout the remainder of the match.
“That was the best match we’ve had in a month,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray said. “I thought intensity-wise on defense, it was our season’s best.
“Offensively, we had a good day. We did a good job of passing and serving.”
Clovis took the lead for good on a tip-kill by sophomore outside hitter Paige Gardner. The Lady Cats built an eight-point lead, then watched the Lady Knights (8-8) whittle it to four with the help of three consecutive kills by senior middle blocker Biyisola Oroyinyin before pulling away again.
Brown said the Lady Cats made a point of trying to stay consistent.
“We knew it was going to be a big game for (Onate),” the senior middle blocker said. “We didn’t want to give them any hope at all.
“We really need to finish (games), and tonight we finished off all three games.”
Ray pointed to the play of sophomores Kirsti Shough, Alek Mendoza and Gardner along the front line, noting it gave the team some balance to go with Brown. They combined for 17 kills.
“The balance was there,” he said. “And (senior setter) Carissa (Grummer, 29 assists) has done a good job of distributing the ball the last two matches.”
Meantime, the Lady Knights are struggling to put something together. They lost for the fifth time in six matches — all of the losses have been 3-0 — and have fallen to 1-3 in District 3-5A.
“We’ve been blocking well all year long, and at least we did that,” second-year Onate coach Jennifer Jordan said. “Our downfall right now is serve-receive.”
Despite fighting an uphill battle, she said she thought her team competed well.
“I don’t feel like we got dominated until Game 3,” Jordan said. “Any time a team has to start tipping on you (to avoid blocks), you know you’re doing something right.”
The Lady Cats hope to put a streak together heading into postseason.
“This is definitely the time to peak,” Brown said. “We’re definitely peaking at the right time.”