Volleyball seasons end for Hayden, Soroco

Rams defeat Tigers in final showdown

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The Hayden and Soroco volleyball teams ended the 2004 season at the District 5 tournament in Rangely during the weekend.

The Tigers and Rams were eliminated in pool play. Grand Valley and Rangely defeated both teams Friday to advance into the crossover bracket play held Saturday afternoon at Rangely High School.

Hayden and Soroco faced each other Saturday morning to wrap up pool play. Although the match had no implications for the postseason, Soroco did avenge two regular-season losses to rival Hayden, winning 25-18, 25-16, 25-23.

"We dominated them," Rams coach Valerie Remick said. "Dominate would be a good word. You would never have known it was the same team that lost to Hayden (during the regular season). They were just awesome."

Remick said seniors Kimberlie Williamson and Kalvert Shiner had strong efforts to close out their prep careers. Senior Coty Bruggink was the other senior on the squad who made the trip to Rangely.

"Kimberlie was beyond incredible," Remick said. "Kalvert got hurt Friday, and Rangely's assistant taped her up, but she had no lateral movement. You could tell it was the last game because she was laying out on the floor."

Junior setter Cortni Denning and freshman Glenda Long, two standout players for the Rams who are expected back next season, also stepped up, Remick said.

After Soroco won the first two games, Hayden crept back toward the end of the third, prompting Remick to deliver some motivational words to her players.

"I said, 'No, you are going to call home and say you beat Hayden in three,'" she said.

The girls responded.

Meeker and Rangely, the top two seeds entering the district tournament, advanced to this weekend's regional tournament. Remick said she thinks both teams have a good shot at making the state tournament, Nov. 11 to 13 in Denver.

The District 5 tournament opened Friday in Rangely and included all eight teams in the Western Slope League in Class 2A. Each pool had four teams -- Meeker, West Grand, Paonia and Plateau Valley were in the other pool -- and the top two teams from each pool after round robin play advanced to the semifinals and finals.

Rangely, Grand Valley, Meeker and West Grand advanced to the semifinals. Rangely defeated Meeker in five games to win the district title on its home court.

In other pool games, Grand Valley defeated Hayden, 24-26, 25-22, 14-25, 25-18, 15-13, to open pool play for both teams. Rangely defeated Hayden 25-7, 25-13, 22-25, 25-19, on Friday.

Rangely defeated Soroco, 25-17, 25-16, 25-14, on Friday, and Grand Valley defeated Soroco, 25-11, 26-28, 25-8, 25-16, on Friday.

Soroco defeated Hayden on Saturday.

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