Steamboat Springs Despite falling to Rangely in three games, 25-17, 25-7, 25-21, Soroco volleyball coach Betsy Photos was nothing but positive after her team's game Saturday.
Photos said she was impressed with the play of girls who were put in new positions and girls who moved up from the JV team.
The Rams were without starting setter Kelsey Samuelson, who had to attend a family function. In her absence, sophomore Tatum Lombardi moved up to varsity and played well, Photos said.
"We came out real strong in the first and third games," she said. "Considering we didn't have our starting setter, I am pleased."
Photos also cited Jamie Glawe's strong performance. Glawe, who usually serves as the team's libero, moved to the front row and had seven attacks and only one error.
After struggling in the second game, Photos said she was happy about the way her team bounced back in the third game. Photos said throughout this year that the Rams have struggled in one game, and that usually proves to be too much. This time, the rough game only bumped up the Rams' intensity, she said.
"The kids said, 'Just forget this. We are going to be in this and we are going to play hard and show everybody that we are a good team,'" Photos said. "They went out there and did it."
Soroco plays Tuesday at home against West Grand. On Friday, they travel to Grand Valley. Photos said the Grand Valley game will be significant because the winner will get to host the pigtail game to see who gets into the district tournament.