The Hayden and Soroco volleyball teams played out their rivalry during a close match in Hayden on Friday night.
The Hayden Tigers won the first three games, despite tough competition from the Rams, who closed a big gap in Game 2 and led for most of Game 3. The Tigers defeated the Rams, 26-24, 25-19, 25-22.
"They were determined," Hayden coach Becky Burdick said. "It was Soroco and their rival. ... They stayed focused."
The two teams stayed within several points of each other and traded leads throughout Game 1. Soroco seniors Karli Babcock and Kalvert Shiner helped keep the Rams in the running with several powerful kills. Hayden senior Jamie Waugh did the same for the Tigers.
Hayden came out strong in Game 2, stretching its lead to 11 points with juniors Mariah Doolin and Chelsea Fry completing several kills. But the Rams gradually gained momentum and closed in on the Tigers, trailing by only three points near the end of the game.
The Rams' momentum continued in game 3, and they led by three to four points for most of the game. But several unreturned serves and missed passes on the Rams' side helped the Tigers take over the lead near the end of the game.
"I think we just ran out of energy, at least that's what it felt like to me," Soroco coach Valerie Remick said.
"We have to pass the ball," she said. "We did it better tonight than last weekend."
No individual statistics were available for Friday's game. The nonleague match was the second of the season for the two teams.
Soroco placed fifth among six teams at a season-opening tournament at Grand Valley High School last weekend, and Hayden placed second among four teams at a similar tournament in Aspen.
The Tigers play North Park at 3 p.m. today in Walden.
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