Soroco bounces back to beat Cardinals

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The Soroco Rams volleyball team overcame problems with passing the ball and a game where they only scored two points to beat league powerhouse Grand Valley Cardinals Saturday at home.

In the first game Soroco came back from a 14-10 deficit to beat Grand Valley 16-14. However in the second game, the home team couldn't get in the groove, Rams coach Betsy Photos said. With only five serving attempts, Soroco scored two points, losing 15-2.

"We struggled with our passing and serving," Photos said.

Also, Grand Valley got all of its serves in and hit the ball well, she said.

But the Rams came back in the rubber match, out dueling the powerful Cardinals hitting and blocking in a solid 15-11 win.

The key to the win was the Rams adjustment to whip off the blocks instead of tipping over, Photos said.

"We really used their blocks to our advantage," Photos said.

The Rams' ability to come back and win after struggling in the second game was an important milestone in the season, Photos said.

"Before, whenever we've been struggling, we lost," she said.

Katharine Ford led the Rams in scoring with 13 kills and three saves. Meg Hayne had six kills and three saves.

Sarah Broadbent had 25 assists and four saves.

That makes the Rams 5-3 in league play and puts them in a good position to complete the last part of the season strong before going into districts.

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