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Soroco volleyball hopes for turnaround at district tournament

Soroco's Billie Bratton, left, and Josie Rossi go up for a block Saturday against North Park. The Rams lost the match in four sets. They return to action Friday in the district tournament.

— Soroco volleyball coach Kim Reeves has confidence, and she said her task this week is injecting that into her team.

The Rams lost again Saturday, falling in four sets to North Park. That put the team's season record at 2-13. They were good at times Saturday, particularly in second set, which they won, 25-16. North Park won the other three, 25-20, 25-11 and 25-12.

It wasn't the tuneup Reeves wanted, but she said that despite the rocky season and entering as the bottom seed, her team could surprise some people at the district tournament.

"Definitely," she said. "We need to work on how to be mentally tough, and the girls need to believe they can do it."

The Rams again Saturday ran through a few of the problems they'll need to eliminate if they're to turn heads at that round-robin tournament. The most glaring was a lack of communication and confidence, most evident in the last two sets. Soroco was at its best to win the second, but the Wildcats roared back to take the final two without the Rams offering much competition.

Senior Josie Rosie said North Park attacked with a unique offense that wasn't as dependent on big hits.

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"They roll shot everything," she said. "That made it hard to block, and blocking is fun."

Soroco caused plenty of its own problems, often thanks to that lack of communication. On several occasions players ran into one another or tried to hit the same ball.

"They weren't talking or listening to each other," Reeves said. "That's why we fell apart in the last two games."

Still, Reeves said anything's possible at the district tournament.

"It's a brand-new season," she said. "Every team has just as much of a chance."

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