Hayden's Becca Hoza sets the ball Friday as the Tigers beat Soroco in three games.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Hayden's Becca Hoza sets the ball Friday as the Tigers beat Soroco in three games.

Hayden sweeps Soroco in tight volleyball match

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— Friday night’s Soroco vs. Hayden volleyball matchup defied one common perception. Three-game sweeps are boring, right?

Hardly.

The Tigers rolled to a win in three games, but only on paper did it seem easy.

On the court, Hayden narrowly fended off a pesky Rams squad that simply wouldn’t go away. The Tigers won, 25-17, 33-31, 25-20.

“The excitement just continued and continued,” Hayden coach Christene Planansky said. “I’m fairly certain my heart is still about to shoot right out of my chest.”

No word on whether her cataclysmic cardiac prediction came true, but at least it was excitement that reigned for the Tigers, now 3-8, immediately after the match. The win was the second in a row and their third in the past five.

That makes for some very welcome momentum the team hopes to ride into Saturday’s 1 p.m. home match against Rangely.

“The girls have figured out they have more heart than they thought,” Planansky said.

The height of Friday’s action came in the second game, which went an absurd 64 points and seemed to be over on several occasions.

It definitely seemed over when Hayden took a 24-18 lead, but Soroco hung tight. With careful serving, a clutch ace from Jacey Schlegel and a few big points from her teammates, Soroco tied the game, then stepped in front, 25-24.

The game tied seven more times, with each team whiffing on several game-point opportunities before Hayden finally cashed in.

“They played as a team so well,” Soroco coach Kim Reeves said about her Rams, now 1-8. “I was really proud of the girls. They played so well, and I couldn’t have asked any more of them.”

The third game didn’t pack quite the same jaw-dropping rally, but again Soroco was tenacious in streaks, erasing a big deficit to pull within one, 20-19.

Hayden closed that game out more decisively, thanks in large part to just one serving error in the game. Jordan Temple led the Tigers with 17 kills.

The back-and-forth nature of the evening somehow left both teams with some positive vibes when all was done.

“There was nothing disappointing said in the locker room,” Reeves said. “It’s coming. We just keep getting better. We just need to catch a break.”

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