Soroco volleyball rallies in key match
October 14, 2011
Steamboat Springs — When the Soroco High School volleyball team is at the top of its game, it has proven it can be competitive with nearly any team in the region. If the Rams would just maintain that level, they'd save their fans some doctor visits.
Soroco entered Friday night's home match against Vail Mountain desperate for a win, and it got it, pulling off a stunning comeback, a mid-match turnaround so dramatic even hours later it barely seemed real.
Down 2-1 in the match and 24-19 in the fourth game — one point, just a bobble or a tiny mistake, from a four-game loss — the Rams rallied, roaring back all the way to win the game. They then dominated a first-to-15 fifth game and emerged feeling happy, strong, renewed, and most important, victorious, 25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-3.
Soroco lived at both ends of the spectrum Friday night. It was superb in the first game and much of the second, where it built a 18-14 lead. It was miserable through the rest of that game and much of the next.
Things weren't looking much better in the fourth game, either, until the Rams flipped the switch, erased a five-point deficit and looked entirely different. Error-prone and defensively unstable at their worst, Soroco was just as quickly decisive and powerful. It was Vail Mountain, in a flash, shirking from the game. Soroco's Lindsay Miles was flawless serving the final points of the fourth game. Micaela Meyer provided big hits to power the team and Shelby Miles offered up a pair of key blocks.
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In the end, it was a much-needed win for a Rams team (8-6, 4-3) that had lost three of four. The squad faces another big game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rangely.
"It's huge," Rams coach Kim Reeves said. "We really, really needed a good win. We've been doing that all season, surviving by the skin of our teeth. It's not a good thing to be all the time, but it shows what a competitive team we have."