Tuesday, October 10, 2000
Oak Creek The Soroco Rams volleyball team played their best game of the year and made easy work of cross-county rivals Hayden Tigers in a two-game match in Oak Creek Tuesday.
After trading side outs to the start the first game, Sarah Broadbent served for six straight points, including two aces. The Tigers just couldn't find a groove during the serving run and muffed many passes that turned into points for the Rams.
After a Hayden time out, Andrea Orpi managed to tip a ball Soroco defenders for a side out. However, the Tigers couldn't make anything happen on offense.
The Rams took advantage of that, scoring two more quick points thanks to two tough blocks by Sara Jo Linden, making it 8-0.
The Tigers managed two more side outs, but the Rams racked up a 12-0 lead over the Tigers thanks to good setting by Broadbent and point scoring by Katharine Ford.
Hayden finally got on the board with Adriana Svoboda blocking a Ford hit. But it wasn't enough to spark a run. The Rams went on to win the game 15-2.
The Tigers regrouped in the second game, trading points with the Rams up to 5-5.
But bad passing, coupled with Broadbent running all over the court and setting the ball to Ford, who was on fire, put the Tigers in a jam.
At 9-6, with the Rams in the lead, Broadbent ran down a ball in midcourt and perfectly set it to Ford for a strong kill.
The Rams went on to win the game 15-6.
"As far as our skills go and working together as a team, it was definitely one of our best games of the year," Soroco coach Betsy Photos said.
The momentum stayed with the home team the entire game and the girls stayed ready and focused, she said.
Fittingly, Ford had one of her best games of the year, racking up 10 kills and three points from good serves. That effort scored the Rams more than one-third of their points in the two games.
Broadbent was all over the place, setting for 18 assists in the game.
Photos said Linden's presence at the net forced many bad hits by the Tigers.
"Her blocking really had an affect on the game," she said.
Hayden just didn't come ready to play, Tiger coach Kipp Rillos said.
"It's just a bummer," he said. "I hate to see the girls get down on themselves like that."
A bright spot in the game for Hayden was Natalie McDonald serving for six points, Rillos said.
The Tigers now drop to 3-5 in league. The Rams, who were looking at the game as one of the most important all year, are 4-3 in league.
The team faces Grand Valley and West Grand in the next 10 days, which are two of the best squads in the league. The Rams hoped the win against Hayden would give them some confidence going into those games.
"That the whole reason we came out there with so much intensity," Ford said. "It was a maker or breaker game."
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