Soroco's Mackenzie Carnahan, left, and Josie Rossi go up for a block Saturday against Paonia. The Rams went point-for-point with the Eagles in a tight first game but couldn't keep it up, falling in three.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Soroco's Mackenzie Carnahan, left, and Josie Rossi go up for a block Saturday against Paonia. The Rams went point-for-point with the Eagles in a tight first game but couldn't keep it up, falling in three.

Soroco can't hang with Paonia volleyball

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— Watch the Soroco High School volleyball team for one game, and the concept of a rebuilding project may seem entirely unnecessary.

Watch it for an entire match, though, and it becomes a little more obvious why these Rams are struggling through their worst start in four seasons.

That was the case Saturday, as the Rams were swept at the hands — or at the fists, as the case may be — of Paonia.

The Rams went swing for swing with the Eagles in the first game, falling, 25-23, after Paonia closed out a match that had been knotted at 23 all.

The Rams struggled mightily the rest of the way, however, losing, 25-16 and 25-17, in the second and third games. That match followed up a three-game loss to Plateau Valley on Friday night.

Soroco was at its best right out of the gate. They were great at the net. Josie Rosie put down a kill. Jessica Rossi served up an ace, and Billie Bratton notched a kill and a big-time block.

The Rams led 5-1 and 6-2, and while Paonia didn’t go away, neither did Soroco after giving up the lead. The Rams tied things up with two quick points when down, 23-21.

Soroco managed to halt Paonia streaks in that first game but couldn’t do the same after that. One big streak knocked the Rams out of the second game early, with the Eagles scoring 16 of 20 points to blow the game open. They went ahead 15-8 in the third game.

That was Soroco’s undoing, what cast them to 1-7 on the season. Still, in the entirety of the match, the sections that were close and those that weren’t, Soroco coach Kim Reeves said she saw important progress. For a team looking for answers, that was something to appreciate.

“It wasn’t necessarily our errors that were messing us up,” Reeves said. “Even when we got in those holes, we fought back, and we played with them the whole time.”


Soroco returns to the court Tuesday against Glenwood Springs’ junior varsity squad, then is back to varsity action Friday at home against Hayden.

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

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