Soroco volleyball has high expectations for season

Rams take court today in Leadville

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— It’s after several years of gradual progress that the Soroco High School volleyball team enters this season. The team, stocked with veteran talent that’s weathered that rise, hopes there’s nothing gradual about the 2011 campaign, however.

The Rams are ready to break out, and they hope to start today in a tournament in Leadville.

“We have high expectations, high hopes for this group,” coach Kim Reeves said. “We’re taking it one step at a time, one game at a time, but our long-term goal is to make it past districts and to regionals and state.”

Soroco just missed on the chance to advance to regionals a year ago, their bid to that tournament melting away only at the last moment of the district tournament.

The Rams hope that experience — along with all the growing pains they’ve endured in recent years — can pay off big.

The team returns plenty of top-tier talent, starting with twins Lindsay and Shelby Miles, who hope to offer the squad an offensive-defensive 1-2 punch.

“Lindsay has been working all summer on her hitting and her timing, and Shelby, her biggest strength is her defense,” Reeves said. “She will never let the ball hit the ground. She goes for every one, and that’s setting the expectations for the rest of the team. Nothing hits the ground.”

Those seniors will be bolstered by hard-hitting junior Micaela Meyer, junior middle Josie Rossi and senior Lauryn Bruggink.

Junior Mackenzie Carnahan will step in to take over as the team’s setter.

“We lost three starters from last year, so we don’t have the whole team back, but we have high hopes for this group because they worked so hard through the summer,” Reeves said. “They realize they have to work hard. They know what my expectations are, and what our goals are. They know what it takes to be good as a team.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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