Soroco surrenders season opener

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The Soroco Rams fell behind early and never really recovered in their volleyball match Saturday against West Grand.

The Mustangs downed the Rams in three straight games, winning 25-8, 25-10 and 25-22.

West Grand jumped on Soroco early, scoring the first 13 points of the match. Sophomore Amanda Wilson finally got the Rams on the board with a nice drop shot, and the Rams briefly rallied to close the gap to 14-6. But the rally didn't last.

The Rams struggled to handle West Grand's taller front line including Jessica Elliott, Melinda Ellison, Holli Palmer and Tenaya Calhoun. Time and again, the Mustangs won the longer rallies.

Soroco started fine in Game 2, trailing 4-3 after the first 7 points. But the Mustangs responded with seven straight points, including two spikes by Elliott and an ace by Calhoun.

The Rams could get no closer than nine the rest of the way.

Soroco got its first lead of the match in Game 3 on a nice serve by Toni Lombardi that put the Rams up, 5-4. The final game was a see-saw battle and clearly Soroco's best.

The Rams fell be--hind, 19-13, but then went on an 8-2 run behind a series of nice shots by Glenda Long and some miscues on the part of West Grand. With the game tied at 21, the Rams had a chance to extend the match.

But West Grand got a big hit from Terrie Heid and a great block from Ellison to move on top 24-22. A spike from Calhoun ended the game and the match.

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