Talent isn't the problem for Soroco's volleyball team, coach Valerie Remick said. It's intensity -- or a lack of it -- that has the Rams sitting in seventh in the Western Slope standings.
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Soroco volleyball team (4-12 overall, 1-6 Western Slope) wants to win at least one of its two matches to avoid the pigtail match between the last two teams in the standings for the final district tournament spot.
The Rams finish the regular season on the road against West Grand today and against Hayden on Friday.
The Tigers defeated the Rams earlier this season for their only win of the season.
Remick said her team was playing much better since Hayden got the better of Soroco on Sept. 5.
"Intensity seems to be what we are lacking, not talent," Remick said. "We have two of the top middle blockers in the game in Kimberly Williamson and Karli Babcock. They are blocking everyone. If you want to hit it against us you have to hit through them."
Since Soroco's three-set victory against Plateau Valley on Sept. 27, the Rams have gone 0-4 but have played two of the better teams on the Western Slope regardless of class in North Park and Eagle Valley.
North Park defeated Soroco in three sets, 25-16, 25-13, 25-16, on Oct. 4. Eagle Valley's varsity beat Soroco, 25-8, 25-13, 25-21, 25-18, on Oct. 9. Normally, the Rams square off against the Devils' JV squad because Eagle Valley is a larger 3A school.
On Oct. 3, Paonia defeated Soroco, 27-25, 25-23, 17-25, 20-25, 19-17, in one of the most incredible matches Remick has ever seen, she said.
Soroco's fourth loss in the two-week stretch came last Friday at home against Rangely. Rangely took undefeated North Park to five games, and Soroco came out and beat Rangely to open the match Friday, but Rangely rallied to win, 20-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-22.
"We beat them the first game, then I don't know," Remick said. "We relaxed. We can't seem to keep the intensity level there."
Remick said the dominant teams of the Western Slope league -- North Park and Meeker -- have dominated this season. However, she pegged Rangely's near upset of North Park and Soroco's proven ability to beat Rangely in at least one game as proof her team can compete with the league's elite.
"Going into our last week of regular play, we have to go in with more intensity and want than we've had in any game all season," Remick said. "My seniors are going to have to step it up a notch against West Grand to send us into Hayden ready to play. These girls are that good. They just need to believe."