Soroco High School volleyball players, from left, Caitlyn Berry, Shelby Miles and Ceanna Rossi celebrate after scoring one of the final points during Tuesday night’s match against West Grand. Soroco won their first-round playoff match, 3-2.

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Soroco High School volleyball players, from left, Caitlyn Berry, Shelby Miles and Ceanna Rossi celebrate after scoring one of the final points during Tuesday night’s match against West Grand. Soroco won their first-round playoff match, 3-2.

Soroco volleyball tops West Grand in 5

Rams set to square off with Hayden Tigers in district tournament

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Soroco High School senior Ceanna Rossi delivers a spike during Tuesday night’s match against West Grand.

— The Soroco High School volleyball team’s checklist keeps getting smaller.

Playing in the opening round of the district tournament Tuesday, Soroco survived a pesky West Grand team, winning in five games, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 23-25 and 15-4.

The win continued what has been a successful season for the Rams, who never had beaten West Grand or North Park in coach Kim Reeves’ tenure. The team also never had won in Hayden, finished higher than sixth in the district or won more than four district games.

The Rams have accomplished each this year.

“Here we are in second place — it’s amazing,” Reeves said. “They’ve reached every goal they’ve set so far.”

But before Soroco could look toward Saturday’s four-team district pool in Rangely, the team had to deal with a tough and young West Grand team.

As has been the case all year, Soroco succeeds when it limits its errors. In the first and third games, the Rams kept errors to a minimum and cruised to wins.

In the first game, Soroco took the lead at 4-3 and didn’t trail again. The Mustangs did little to help their cause. Soroco scored nine of its final 11 points via West Grand errors.

In the third game, the Rams trailed, 6-3, before senior Caitlyn Berry served 12 points in a row. Lindsay and Shelby Miles each had a block and a kill, and the Rams all of a sudden had a 15-6 lead. Soroco withstood two late West Grand charges before finally taking the game.

“We knew we had to win,” Rossi said. “We’ve beaten them twice. We talked about it was our last chance as seniors. We were a little bit nervous, but I knew if we gave it everything we had, we’d be OK.”

Outside of the first and third games, however, Soroco continued to struggle with errors. Both losses in the second and fourth games saw the Rams squander multiple chances to take leads.

Finally, in the fifth game, Soroco looked dominant, thanks in large part to committing just three errors.

The Rams ran away with the game and match and now looked poised for a run in the district tournament.

Soroco will open Saturday’s tournament against cross-county rival Hayden. The two teams split games this season, each winning on the other team’s court.

The top two teams from Saturday advance to the regional tournament.

“It’s huge,” Reeves said. “We’ve got to win that first game. If we win the first two games, then we’re through.”

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com 

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