County volleyball teams out at districts

Hayden, Soroco high school teams miss out on semifinals

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— High hopes met a quick end Friday for the Hayden and Soroco high school volleyball teams.

Both entered the district tournament at Meeker with hopes of upsets and semifinals, but neither was able to win in pool play, and both saw the season end.

"We just made too many mistakes on our side," Soroco coach Kim Reeves said afterward. "We played really well a lot of the time, but we were making too many mistakes to score enough points."

The Rams lost in three games to Rangely, in four to Paonia and in five to Meeker.

Soroco was at its best against the Cowboys of Meeker, rallying to take two consecutive games after losing the first two by wide margins.

"It was a great match, very back and forth," Reeves said. "That's when we did a really good job playing as a team and focusing on trying to control the ball and the play from the outside."

Hayden's high tide came in the second of its three games. That the surge resulted in a loss left the team drained, coach Greg Johnson said.

The Tigers won two of the first three games against Vail Mountain. Johnson said Rachael Koehler and Ashlee Doolin led the charge, capping off strong seasons with some of their best play.

Still, the team couldn't put the finishing touches on the upset, and Hayden lost in the final game, 15-13.

Elsewhere, they lost in three games to the tournament's top seed, Vail Christian, and to West Grand.

"After that five-set game, we were emotionally spent," Johnson said. "We felt if we could pull it out, we could find a way to get into the second game, but that didn't happen."

Holding Hayden back were many of the same mistakes that plagued the team all season.

The team entered with confidence after stringing together back-to-back wins leading up to Friday's pool play. Bad passes, plentiful errors and long scoring runs from the opposition doomed any hopes at maintaining that momentum.

"We didn't play bad all day, but it was the same things that have been hurting us for the whole year," Johnson said. "Still, the girls played really hard throughout the day."

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