WITH THE FIRST GAME already under its belt, Texico faced 22-18 and 21-15 deficits in the next two games Saturday against District 6-2A rival Clayton.
The Lady Wolverines, though, rallied to win both games against a team Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes is the best in district.
The only losses this season for Texico (12-2, 2-0 district) have come at the hands of Estancia, which Littlejohn said is the team to beat in Class 2A this season.
The Lady Wolverines are playing without senior outside hitter Zandi Queener, who dislocated her shoulder in a tournament last month at Cloudcroft.
Littlejohn said he likes his team’s intensity and it’s the best passing team he’s had in five years.
The Lady Wolverines get a third crack at Estancia on Thursday at home.
CLOVIS CHRISTIAN COACH CEIL Boatman said her team has had to rebuild after losing six seniors from last year’s state playoff team.
The influx of new players hasn’t affected the Lady Eagles’ chemistry, she said.
“They know their roles,” Boatman said, “and are encouraging to each other.”
Clovis Christian (8-5, 4-1 District 4-1A) has more depth than last year, Boatman said.
She said junior Whitney Miller, who was ineligible to play last season, has accepted every duty given to her and has proven to be a leader.
“She’s a great hitter and good motivator,” Boatman said. “She’s one of those players who can talk it and play it.”
Boatman also noted freshmen Amber Odegaard and Jocelyn Swann have exceeded expectations on a team that has matured with every match.
“They stepped up to play on a varsity team with little varsity experience,” Boatman said. “They’ve become more experienced players ahead of time.”
KEEPING WITH THE THEME of youth, Elida has gone undefeated thus far in the season even though Lady Tigers coach Darrell Chenault starts just two seniors.
“We’re well-balanced,” Chenault said. “We’re not great in any one spot, but not bad in any spot.”
The Lady Tigers (14-0, 2-0 District 3-1A) travel Thursday to perennial district power Fort Sumner, a venue where Elida has not won a match during Chenault’s six years as coach. Chenault said Elida has beaten the Vixens only once in six years, and that was at home.
MEANWHILE AT FLOYD, SECOND-YEAR coach Tandee Delk said the Lady Broncos (7-7, 3-2 district) have lacked intensity at times, but added that they’re looking forward to the remainder of their district schedule.
“We’re working on picking up our intensity,” Delk said. “But we’ve improved skill wise and especially with our serving.”
The prep volleyball notebook is compiled by CNJ sports writer Greg Price. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or email@example.com