Rams survive 5 tough games against Vail Mountain

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— It took five tough games and a number of gutty comebacks, but the Soroco High School girls volleyball team started what it hopes is a mid-season turnaround Saturday, outlasting Vail Mountain in a five-game match for a crucial road victory.

The Rams won, 20-25, 25-23, 17-25, 26-24, 16-14.

“We came from behind pretty much the whole time, which shows that our girls have the confidence they can do it, even when they’re behind,” Soroco coach Kim Reeves said.

Soroco faced one match point in the fourth game before bouncing back to win that game and force a fifth. The team then took a lead late in the final game before Vail crawled back to tie things at 14.

The Rams put it away, however, improving their Western Slope League record to 5-4.

Soroco won the match with a balanced attack. Ceanna Rossi led the way with 11 kills, but several of her teammates were right at her heels. Michaela Meyer had nine, and Corey Snyder had eight.

Meyer also had 12 digs, and Shelby Miles and Lindsay Miles each had 11.

Lindsay Miles strung together five consecutive aces in the fourth game to help give her team the chance to extend the match.

“Caitlyn (Berry) did a really good job moving the ball around,” Reeves said.

The win helped reverse a streak in which Soroco lost four of five matches, undoing some of the momentum the team gained during a 5-1 start to the season.

The confidence boost couldn’t have come at a better time for the team. It next takes the court Tuesday for a showdown against cross-county rival Hayden.

“It was huge for us to come back and get a big win like that,” Reeves said. “That will really help the girls with their confidence going against Hayden. No matter what our records are, we always play very intense and very well against each other. Both sides will go out there wanting to beat the other.”

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