Tigers top Rams in cross-county volleyball match

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— In the regular season finale for both teams, the Hayden High School volleyball team easily beat Soroco, 25-13, 25-15, 25-22, on Saturday.

Showing no ill effects from Friday's loss to Meeker, Hayden came out early and dominated from the first serve.

The Tigers cruised in the first two games, looking efficient and dominating. In the third game, the Rams took the early lead and led for most of the game, before the Tigers closed on a run.

"We had a tough loss against Meeker," Hayden coach Greg Johnson said. "I thought we played pretty well, but they came out on top. It was our last regular season game (Saturday), so I told the girls to come out and have some fun. We wanted to end the season on a high note, and that's what I thought we did. I thought we hit the ball really well."

Now, the Tigers turn their attention to the district tournament, which begins on Friday at Paonia.

Hayden will be the third, fourth or fifth seed.

"The top three teams go to regionals, and I feel confident that we can be one of those three teams," Johnson said. "Talent-wise, we're right up there with every team in the district. It's anyone's game in districts."

For Soroco, the Rams will host the pigtail game at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday against Plateau Valley.

Rams coach Kim Reeves said her team just didn't come out with the necessary mindset to compete with a team the level of the Tigers.

"I don't think we brought the intensity," Reeves said. "We didn't seem to have it (Saturday). We played well that third game but couldn't finish it."

Reeves said the intensity will be upped Monday in anticipation of Tuesday's game.

She said it's imperative the Rams come out and play hard Tuesday so they can advance to the district tournament Friday.

"We have to play our game and play up to our level," Reeves said. "We have to attack and be aggressive. They have to have the intensity."

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