Soroco downed by 3 teams

Volleyball coach focusing on positive attitudes

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Spurts of good play mixed in with stretches of inconsistent play have prevented the Soroco volleyball team from notching a win since early September.

The Rams dropped three matches to talented teams from Meeker, North Park and Vail Christian in the past week.

Soroco fell to Meeker, 25-8, 25-18, 25-22, at home last Friday. The Rams had to travel to Walden on Saturday to face the Wildcats, one of the state's top Class 1A teams. North Park won, 25-16, 25-5, 25-5.

Soroco hosted Vail Christian on Tuesday, losing in three games, 25-20, 25-15, 25-20, in one of the best matches the Rams have played in recent weeks.

The Rams only served at 81 percent in the Meeker match, which factored into the three-game defeat, but Soroco's effort in the third game against Meeker, a 25-22 loss, was the best game the Rams have played all season, coach Valerie Remick said.

"We had great blocking by our seniors, Karli Babcock and Kimberlie Williamson," Remick said.

Each had six blocks at the net in that game.

Remick said passing also has been a problem for the Rams this season, as they have stretches where they look unbeatable but add stretches where one mistake turns into a dozen.

"We are working on positive attitudes on and off the court," Remick said. "These are all very talented girls, and (they) need to not dwell on their mistakes and instead look at what we do well."

Against Vail Christian, Remick said the team came out flat. Williamson ended up with 11 kills, and the team's serving was at 94 percent.

The Rams had to play without starting setter Cortni Denning, a junior, who injured her ankle against North Park. Remick said the team hoped to have Denning back late this week. Senior Kalvert Shiner, who has started as an opposite hitter all season, stepped in to set and did a nice job, Remick said.

Soroco's next match is a 5 p.m. Saturday contest against Plateau Valley in Collbran.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mailmmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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