Soroco sophomore Michaela Meyer watches as a tipped ball rolls over to her side of the net on Friday. Meyer had one of the best games of her high school career, scoring a team-high 14 kills, but it wasn't enough as the Rams lost to Plateau Valley in five game. The team returns to action at 3 p.m. today for a game at Rangely.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Soroco sophomore Michaela Meyer watches as a tipped ball rolls over to her side of the net on Friday. Meyer had one of the best games of her high school career, scoring a team-high 14 kills, but it wasn't enough as the Rams lost to Plateau Valley in five game. The team returns to action at 3 p.m. today for a game at Rangely.

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Soroco's Caitlyn Berry sets the ball as Lindasy Miles and Corey Snyder run for a chance at the kill on Friday as the Rams battled Plateau Valley.

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Soroco's Corey Snyder swings for a kill on Friday.

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Soroco's Lindsay Miles eyes the ball on Friday as the Rams battled Plateau Valley.

— The Soroco High School volleyball team’s Friday night showdown against Plateau Valley was an up-and-down ride. When the Rams finally got off of it after five grueling games, they felt sick.

In a game of rallies, Plateau Valley came up with the final one, dispatching Soroco, 22-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 18-16.

“It really, really hurts,” said Soroco sophomore Michaela Meyer, whose powerful kills served as one of her team’s main highlights and nearly led to a home-court victory late in the fifth game.

Meyer saw an increased role in the team’s offense as junior starter Shelby Miles was made unavailable by an injury, and Meyer took advantage.

She finished with a team-high 14 kills, three of which came late in the decisive game.

Soroco let slip an 8-5 lead in the first-to-15, win-by-two decider and soon trailed, 13-9.

All seemed well again after a timeout, however.

“I told them they could do it. I was trying to reinforce their confidence they could do it,” Soroco coach Kim Reeves said. “They’ve been coming back all season, and I knew they could do it again.”

Meyer was among those who got the message. Caitlyn Berry picked up a key save on a big Plateau Valley block, and Meyer hammered that ball back across the net for a point.

Corey Snyder tapped the ball across moments later to pull the Rams within one, and Meyer slammed home another kill to tie things at 13.

She struck again as Plateau Valley threatened to win the game, ahead 15-14, this time hitting so hard the ball knocked an unlucky defender clean off her feet.

“It was just adrenaline and being excited,” Meyer said. “We had nothing to lose.”

Reeves said it was errors that eliminated Soroco’s chances to win, however, and it was those mistakes that defined the final points of the game. The teams combined to put three consecutive crucial serves into the net, but one final misplay gave Plateau Valley its third win of the season.

“We only missed five serves in all five games, so that made a big difference,” Plateau Valley coach Britany Miller said. “Our girls were very determined” Friday.

The Rams return to the court at 3 p.m. today at Rangely.

“It hurts, but we’ll just have to take it out on Rangely,” Meyer said.

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