Steamboat Springs Soroco High School volleyball coach Betsy Photos is trying to instill her confidence into a young, developing squad.
Soroco lost to Vail Christian, 25-23, 25-14, 25-8, on Tuesday in Oak Creek, but the match could have been closer, Photos said.
"The first game was excellent," Photos said. "At one point, we had an 18-12 lead. It's the mental errors on defense that cost us many points in the match, and consequently, as the match progressed, the kids became more tentative."
Through eight matches, the Rams (2-6 overall 0-1 in league play) have proven consistent from behind the service line and on serve receive. They proved that again Tuesday night.
"We are really pushing those fundamentals," Photos said.
What Soroco continues to work on, Photos added, is defense and attack placement. Photos resigned as coach four years ago, but she missed the girls and the sport and returned this season.
"I've thrown out a lot of new things to the girls," Photos said. "We are trying to put it together."
One team Soroco has beaten this season is Grand Valley, and the Cardinals and Rams will play again at 6 p.m. Friday at Soroco High School. The match will count in league standings.
During a Labor Day tournament in Parachute, Soroco beat Grand Valley, 25-22, 25-22.
"It was close, but we have improved leaps and bounds since Labor Day," Photos said. "But they also could have improved."
The 'C' squad starts things off at 4 p.m., and the junior varsity follows at 5 p.m.
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