Oak Creek It's unclear what fired up the Soroco High School student body midway through the second game of Tuesday's volleyball match against North Park.
But it was pretty apparent the crowd's enthusiasm turned the tide of the Rams and Lady Cats' match.
After Soroco struggled mightily in the first game, the Rams showed marked improvement in the final three games, picking up a 16-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 win.
"They help a lot," Rams freshman Lindsay Miles said about the crowd. "They encourage us. They build up our confidence."
It was also Miles who brought a lot of confidence to the Soroco team.
Down 9-7 in the second game, Rams coach Kim Reeves started calling Miles' number. The freshman delivered six kills in the second game, helping Soroco knot the match at one game apiece.
"I want them to run plays to me because it makes me better," Miles said. "It makes me learn."
In the final two games, the two teams traded points early, but it was the Rams' scrappiness that proved to be the difference.
Soroco rarely let the ball hit the ground and limited its errors in sweeping the last two games.
"We stopped making mental errors," Reeves said. "We stopped hitting it out. Once we stopped doing those little things, everything picked up."
The game was the Rams' last in district play during the regular season. The team has home games Friday and Saturday against Vail Christian and Hayden, respectively, before the district tournament begins next week.
Reeves said Tuesday's match was certainly a step in the right direction. After the first game against North Park, Reeves blatantly challenged her team to play better in order to prepare for the district tournament.
"This team responds a little more to the flat-out truth," Reeves said. "They have to pick it up now. That's our only hope in districts. We have to play well now if we want to play well in districts."
Although the Rams still may have to play in the pigtail game of the district tournament, Reeves said she's pretty confident Tuesday's win will carry over into the tournament that Reeves called "wide open."
"They are keeping their heads up and not giving up," Reeves said. "I'm not giving up on them, and they're not giving up on each other."
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