Soroco senior Tatum Lombardi passes the ball during practice Friday. Lombardi is one of several Rams expected to lead Soroco to a good season.

Photo by Luke Graham

Soroco senior Tatum Lombardi passes the ball during practice Friday. Lombardi is one of several Rams expected to lead Soroco to a good season.

Rams volleyball has high hopes for season

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2008 Fall Schedule

Soroco volleyball

Aug. 30: at Grand Valley Tournament, TBA

Sept. 4: vs. West Grand, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 6: vs. Paonia, 3 p.m.

Sept. 12: at DeBeque, 6 p.m.

Sept. 13: at North Park, 3 p.m.

Sept. 19: at Vail Christian, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: vs. Meeker 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 26: vs. Plateau Valley, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 27: at Rangely, 3 p.m.

Oct. 3: at West Grand, 6 p.m.

Oct. 4: at Vail Mountain, 3 p.m.

Oct. 10: at Hayden, 6 p.m.

Oct. 14: vs. North Park, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 17: vs. Vail Christian, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 18: vs. Hayden, 3 p.m.

— There has been a philosophical change this year for the Soroco High School volleyball team.

Sure, Coach Kim Reeves returns for her second year at the helm. But Reeves isn't rewarding hustle plays, talk on the court or giving 100 percent.

She's expecting all that.

"Huge expectations," said Reeves, who has worked with most of these players since they were in middle school. "I have huge expectations. The girls have huge expectations. We're expecting to open some eyes and make some teams go 'Oh, my God, what have they done over this past year?'"

In addition to camps and open gyms, Reeves has led the Rams in workouts and conditioning since July.

She's returning four players who saw significant playing time last year and said she'll shorten her varsity bench this year in hopes of increasing the competition for the last couple of spots.

"This year, a lot of things are just expected," Soroco senior Sarajane Rossi said. "We're at that level. It's an issue if we're not doing things we should."

In addition to Rossi, Soroco is leaning heavily on seniors Tatum Lombardi and Darcy Wisecup, as well as sophomore Ceanna Rossi.

"We don't have as many players as last year," Sarajane Rossi said. "But this year, we're going for quality, not quantity."

Reeves said one of the biggest things she's expecting this year is comprehensive cohesion on the court. Reeves has coached or worked with many of the girls on the team since her days as the middle school coach.

It's that level of familiarity, Reeves said, that should make it a successful season for the Rams.

"Last year, we fell apart because of all the issues going on with everyone's head," Reeves said. "We're certainly starting out better than we ended."

Reeves said she wasn't sure what the league would look like this season, especially with so many first-year head coaches.

Still, she's confident this year could be big for Soroco.

"We're all very excited about this season," she said. "We'll see what it brings, but we expect big things."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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