ARTESIA — Clovis High’s volleyball team battled through an early injury to senior setter-outside hitter Meagan Baglien and eventually finished off a 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19 victory Tuesday over winless Artesia.
The Lady Bulldogs (0-13) gave Clovis a bit of a scrap last week at Rock Staubus Gym, and did so again in this one.
“They’re doing a good job of learning,” CHS coach Darrel Ray said of the young Artesia squad. “It seemed like we struggled with our offense all night, but our defense came alive in Games 3 and 4 and kept us afloat.”
Baglien rolled an ankle in the first game, forcing the other setter, Carissa Grummer, to stay in and keeping outside hitter Lainey Flatow, who rotates with Grummer, out for a time.
“The kids did a real good job of focusing, and went ahead and finished Game 1,” Ray said.
Baglien came back in the second game, but wasn’t at full speed. Artesia won that game, then took the third set down to the wire.
Flatow, Baglien and junior Antiesha Brown all finished with six kills for the Lady Cats (9-3), while Flatow was also credited with two blocks.
“I thought (defensive specialists) Vanessa Gallegos and Felicia Aguilar made some big digs for us that we converted (into kills) in Game 4,” Ray said. Aguilar finished the night with seven digs and Gallegos added five.
The Lady Cats are back in action on Thursday at Roswell High.