By Brian Besch
Corrigan-Camden volleyball continued its impressive start to the year by sweeping Goodrich 25-6, 25-7 and 25-10 Tuesday on the north end of Polk County.
The Lady Dogs began both the first and second games with 6-0 starts to ease into victories. Corrigan-Camden coach Sage Gardner said the quick starts were a positive turn after making some adjustments.
“We hit a little bump there where I think girls were getting complacent,” the coach said. “The one thing we have focused on is just not being complacent and making sure that we stay up and stay positive and focus on fundamentals and just being prepared for every ball coming back over.”
The final game began in a 2-2 tie, but nine consecutive points gave the Lady Dogs all the buffer they would need to complete the win.
Corrigan-Camden has dropped games to Madisonville, Neches and Splendora for a 10-3 record after a start to the season that garnered a few votes in the state rankings. However, Gardner said the games were good competition for her girls and important in the preparation for district play.
“District is always going to be tough. We go against Central Heights, Diboll, Huntington and Hemphill. This year we only have a five-team district and we dropped Woodville and Newton. Everything is going to be a fight to the end for first.”
Gardner said Central Heights has been district champions and the team all schools have targeted in recent history.
“Of course, that is what we want and that is what we are going after. We are going to do what we can to get there.”
For Goodrich, the Lady Hornets are just beginning the spike season. Tuesday was the squad’s third game and new coach Khadijah Carter said her young group needs the experience.
“We have started out OK. We have to communicate better and we have to get more aggressive,” Carter said. “There are times when you can tell they were getting themselves down. We have to keep pushing and play like we did at the beginning of the Coldspring game. That was good, and we have to get back to that.”
Carter is instructing four freshman, two sophomores and a junior in her small group of seven. Another reason for optimism is a talented group of eighth graders that will soon be part of the Lady Hornet program.
Goodrich has played Burkeville and Coldspring to this point. Though both were losses, Carter is optimistic about the team, especially following the game versus a larger Lady Trojan program. Their first district contest is Friday versus Kennard. The five-team district also includes Chester, Apple Springs and Latexo.
Corrigan-Camden will next see action Friday when they host Shepherd.