Soroco volleyball beats North Park, prepares for Hayden
October 22, 2010
Oak Creek — Soroco High School junior Lindsay Miles smashed the final kill so hard it appeared that point-scoring hit might live up to its name.
It blasted into a North Park defender and caromed into the floor, harmless, at least as far as the Rams were concerned.
With that fourth-game missile, Soroco dispatched the Wildcats and set up the showdown the Rams have been waiting for. Soroco and Hayden High School will clash at 3 p.m. today in Hayden.
"We're going to go in and win," Miles said. "We've been making a strategy for them all week. They'd better be ready."
Today's winner locks up second place in the district tournament, which starts Tuesday. The first-place team gets a bye, but the rest of the district will be in action, with No. 2, 3 and 4 seeds hosting.
That's important, the Rams agreed, but it's hardly the reason they are eager to face the Tigers again. Hayden dispatched Soroco in three games this month, just as the school frequently has done to Rams squads in recent years.
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The Ram girls are intent on changing that.
"The second place doesn't matter," Soroco coach Kim Reeves said. "The way things ended when they played here, they killed us. We'd better go in and be ready to do what we just did here."
Friday's game featured a Soroco team playing in streaks. That's how the match went four games, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13.
It also featured a Soroco team playing its best volleyball of the season, Reeves said.
After big leads slipped away in the second and third games, the Rams blew away their competition in the fourth. With resilient defense that fed efficient passing, they hammered North Park.
"That last game, that's the first game everyone's been on at the same time, and this is the point in the season we need to be doing that," Reeves said. "We had no errors. When we have no errors, we are unstoppable."
Soroco came from a 9-3 deficit to lead the first game, going up, 12-10, at one point. The Rams let slip a 14-7 advantage in the second game, their only loss, but responded from a similar lapse in the third game. North Park bounced back from another 14-7 deficit but couldn't hang as Soroco put on a rush to close out the game.
"We're ready for Hayden." Miles said. "We've always been rivals. We're very similar, both small schools that are really into sports. That's why we have such a rivalry."