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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.

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