The Soroco volleyball team picked up its first league win of the season Friday against Plateau Valley -- and the Rams earned it.
The Rams defeated the Cowboys, 25-19, 14-25, 12-25, 25-23, 23-21. The fifth game is traditionally played to 15 points, but the winner must win by two, and Soroco had to go all the way to 23 before distancing itself from Plateau Valley by two points.
"It went back and forth for what seemed like half an hour," Rams coach Valerie Remick said. "I don't know if that's how long it was, but it felt like it."
Remick said Soroco looked great in the first game, but then the Rams relaxed in the next two games and came close to defeat in the fourth before rallying to win.
Soroco went on to win the fifth game, as well.
"The volleys in the match were extreme," Remick said. "No one wanted to swing because no one wanted to make a mistake."
Remick didn't have statistics, but she thought her team had just as many tips as assists. She hopes the win can carry over into this homecoming week.
"The girls needed a win," she said.
Soroco hosts Paonia at 6 p.m. Friday at Soroco High School in Oak Creek. The junior varsity team plays at 5 p.m., and the freshmen play at 4 p.m.