The Soroco volleyball team improved to 3-5 over the weekend following a win against South Park and a tough loss to Grand Valley.
On Saturday, Soroco picked up its first home victory of the season, defeating South Park, 25-18, 25-12, 18-25, 25-18, despite having tired legs from a five-game loss on Friday, coach Valerie Remick said.
"The play off the bench was a great relief for some of our girls, helping them get their legs back from the night before," Remick said. "Our biggest work is still ahead of us."
Mental mistakes and drops in intensity at varying points in games continue to hurt the Rams, Remick said. But she is optimistic Soroco will keep progressing in both areas.
Soroco's first league match ended in defeat at the hands of Grand Valley 25-23, 25-23, 15-25, 23-25, 3-15.
The Rams and Cardinals wasted little time exposing fans and each other to the new scoring rules in Colorado volleyball. This season varsity teams play a best three-of-five games with rally scoring. The fifth game, should there be one, is played to 15 to determine the match winner.
In rally scoring, an opposing team earns a point for every mistake made by the other. Under the old rules, a team had to serve to score.
Despite picking up wins in the first two games, the Rams could not hold on for the match win.
Hallie Shiner led Soroco with 10 kills and Kaylie Corrigan chipped in with six. Kaleyne Gneiser paced the offense with 26 assists against Grand Valley.
Remick made special mention of Chelsey Reynolds' consistency from the service line as a significant reason why Soroco managed to win the first two games and stay in the match in the final three.
In rally scoring, a bad serve is magnified as the opposition gets a point.
"Her senior leadership and intensity really keep us striving to win," Remick said of Reynolds.
The Rams' next five matches all count toward league standings beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday at Meeker.
Soroco follows up Friday's match with a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. at North Park.
North Park and Meeker are two of the top teams in the Western Slope league.
"We are getting stronger and stronger," Remick said. "This coming weekend will be a huge test."
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