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Cardinals take Rams in five

Dave Shively

Soroco came out on fire in its Friday night Class 2A District 5 match with Grand Valley. The Rams opened the match hitting hard, easily taking the first two games. But behind the play of Whitney Ashcraft at the net, Grand Valley put out the flames and came back to win the next three games and take the match victory, 14-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 17-15.

“A lot of people let it get inside their heads,” Soroco junior Darcy Wisecup said. “And we made some mistakes.”

After a definitive game one victory, the Rams rolled into the second game and broke away from an 8-8 tie with a kill from setter Kelsey Samuelson and another from outside hitter Sarajane Rossi to go up 15-11. A block and a kill from Ashcraft helped the Cardinals tie things back up at 22, but a key kill followed by strong serving from Amanda Wilson set up the Rams game win and put them in position for the match victory.

The Cardinals immediately seized the momentum in game three, jumping ahead 12-1. But the Rams showed their most determined play of the match. A kill from Katrina Maes and a third kill from Glenda Long put the Rams back by four. Then Wilson came up with a big block to end a long rally to get within three. But it wasn’t enough as the Cardinals won a Lindsey Tonder kill and took the momentum for good.

Wilson tried to spark the Rams with a pair of kills to cut the Cardinals’ lead in game four, but it was to no avail. The Cardinals held on for a win and then took the deciding tiebreaker game, 17-15.

“(Wilson) looked at me and was saying how we have got to fire people up, but it just didn’t happen,” Wisecup said, exhausted after playing five games.

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Soroco takes on Rangely at 3 p.m. today to finish its regular season district play.

– Dave Shively/staff