Soroco drops 3-game match during weekend

Rams volleyball team hopes to recover Friday at home

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— A mid-season skid continued for the Soroco High School girls volleyball team Saturday, as the Rams dropped a three-game match at Rangely.

The loss was the team’s third in four matches and second on the weekend, but coach Kim Reeves said the team improved even as the games went on Saturday, and she’s confident as the squad prepares for its homecoming match against Vail Christian on Friday.

Soroco, 6-4, lost, 25-11, 25-19, 25-23.

“We played much better as a whole than we did Friday,” Reeves said. “Even in the first game, that score didn’t show the way we played.”

She said Saturday the Rams cut down on errors, which crippled the team’s efforts in a crushing five-game loss Friday night to Plateau Valley.

Some errors come about because of aggressive play, and some because of sloppy play, Reeves said. The key was finding a happy middle ground where the team wasn’t afraid to swing big, but didn’t simply give away points, either.

“We made a lot fewer errors. We cut them in half,” she said. “That made a huge difference.”

The games were closer as Saturday’s action wore on and a late-game rally sparked by a serving streak from Caitlyn Berry gave the Rams a chance to win the third game and potentially turn the match around.

They couldn’t quite pull it out, however, and a talented Rangely squad closed the door. The Panthers improved to 11-0 with the win, a perfect streak in which they’ve only even been challenged twice.

“We need to find our focus and get healthy,” Reeves said. “Then, hopefully, we can get back to going the way we were. We need to look at our goals at midseason here and think about what we need to do to get into the district tournament.”

The Rams return to action at 4:30 p.m. Friday at home against Vail Christian.

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