LAS CRUCES — When starting setter Tarah Sweet went down with a back injury during round robin play, she took the Lady Wildcats chances of winning the Sweet Sixteen tournament with her.
“We just didn’t play well without her,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray said.
The Lady Cats went 1-5 in round robin play, then, with Sweet trying to play injured, dropped their first match in the elimination round to Carlsbad.
Ray said Sweet tried to play though pain, but the injury was too severe.
“She couldn’t even move after that game,” Ray said.
Britni Montague tried to pick up the slack for her injured teammate, but Ray said there was an adjustment period.
“She only takes maybe 10 percent of the reps with the varsity team,” Ray said. “After Montague settled in, we played a lot better.”
Clovis (6-5) won its final two matches in the consolation bracket against Silver City and Alamogordo.
Ray thought Montague and outside hitter Aimee Hilburn were the his best players this weekend.
“Aimee is great all the time,” Ray said. “She was outstanding all day.”