Garces shows growth despite home loss to Clovis West

Garces volleyball coach John Price is not one for moral victories, but for his young and inexperienced team, Wednesday’s home opener against Clovis West could be considered a success.

Despite falling in straight sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-11, the Rams (4-4) hung with the more seasoned Golden Eagles (7-3) for most of the first two sets.

“It was great to see it for that first game-and-a-half,” Price said. “It gives you hope that we can develop that and get better at it.”

The Rams led 8-6 in the opening set 8-6 before Clovis West went on a 10-2 run and took a 1-0 lead.

In the second set, Garces again held an early lead at 12-11 before the Golden Eagles mounted a 14-4 run to take a 2-0 advantage before Clovis West dominated the third and final set.

Jana Dulcich and Caroline Napier led Garces with five kills while Ali Adkins had 17 assists.

Freshman Mia D’Amato had a team-high five blocks while her older brother, Dom, was charting the team’s blocks on poster board on the south end of the gym.

Clovis West also swept the F/S and JV matches early in the afternoon.

Clovis West d. Garces 25-19, 25-16, 25-11

GMHS (4-4): Kills: J. Dulcich 5, Napier 5, L. Dulcich 4, Penner 4. Assists: Adkins 17. Aces: Gomez 2. Digs: L. Dulcich 12. Bocks: D’Amato 5.

JV: CWHS 2, GMHS 0. F/S: CWHS 2, GMHS 0.