Soroco volleyball falls to Meeker in playoff match

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— Give the Meeker and Soroco High School volleyball teams credit.

The two District 5 rivals certainly know how to put on an entertaining show, and Tuesday’s match featured anything a fan might want. 

In the end, Meeker gave up a big lead, overcame Soroco’s momentum and advanced to the second round of the district playoffs with a 3-2 win. 

“We have a Plan A and a Plan B,” Meeker coach Christy Atwood said. “We used them both. Plan A is to execute our game plan. Plan B is to scramble their little hearts out.” 

The match was very similar to the one time the two teams met this season in early September. 

That day, Meeker gave up a big lead only to see Hayden come back and win in five games. 

“That’s the way it’s been all year for us,” Atwood said. “It’s been four or five games with everyone in our league.” 

Initially, it looked like the Cowgirls would run away with Tuesday’s game. Meeker won the first two games, taking advantage of iffy passing by Hayden. 

The team led 20-10 in the third game before something happened. The Rams scored 15 of the next 18 points to take the match. 

“It wasn’t me,” Rams coach Kim Reeves said. “I didn’t say anything to them. Micaela Meyer served six straight points and got them fired up.” 

That momentum carried over for the Rams as they easily won the fourth game, 25-15. But toward the end of that game, Meeker strung together points and picked up some momentum. 

The Cowgirls took an early 1-0 lead and never trailed in the game. The turning point may have come when the referee ruled in favor of a Soroco point, tying the game at 11. But after conferring with the other official, Meeker instead was awarded the point, making it 12-10. 

“In the fifth game, we were pumped up,” Soroco senior Lindsay Miles said. “We knew we could do it and knew we had a chance. But bad passes cost us.” 

If there was a game the Rams looked back on as the determining one, it would have to be Game 2. Soroco led 18-13 and had game point at 24-23. Each time, however, the Cowgirls would come back. Soroco’s Meyer helped the Rams thwart game point three times, but consecutive errors gave Meeker a 28-26 win. 

The loss ends the season for Soroco. Meeker continues to the District 5 tournament Saturday in Oak Creek.

“I’d say losing (Game 2) by two points hurt the most,” Reeves said. “But being down 10 and winning was amazing.” 

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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