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Soroco ready for its league opener Friday

Christine Metz

— Coming off a tournament win, the Soroco girls volleyball team hopes to continue its streak at home against North Park Friday.

Winning all three of their matches, the Rams finished Saturday’s tournament fighting off Norwood, Debeque and Plateau Valley.

“After a long day, it was nice to bring home a trophy and rest for a couple of days,” Rams coach Amy Pankonin said.

The team is preparing for its match against North Park, its first home game and league opener that features a “Clean Competition” event.

At Friday’s match, spectators can either pay full admission prices or donate personal care products, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion.

Pankonin said the products will be used in the Rams’ locker room to benefit the home team and its competitors, which encourages clean competition.

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Following a 15-11, 15-4 loss to Meeker Aug. 30, the Rams rebounded Saturday at the Debeque Tournament to defeat Norwood 15-6, 18-16.

The Rams’ closest competition at the tourney came in the second round against Debeque, which ended 15-13, 7-15 and 15-8. Outside hitter Meg Hayne had her biggest match in the tournament with 16 kills. Hayne finished the tournament leading the team with 33 kills.

Defensively, middle blocker Sara Jo Linden came up big, leading the team with six blocks.

“With three matches in one day, I was able to experiment with different lineups in order to see which group of girls worked well together,” Pankonin said. “I think I’ve narrowed it down, so now these girls can get used to working together as a unit on the court.”

Junior Jessie deGanahl settled into her new role as varsity setter with 78 assists for the tournament. She also led the team in digs with 12.

Soroco beat Plateau Valley (15-9, 15-12) in the tournament’s final round. On Saturday, the two teams will face off again on the Cowboys’ turf.

After Saturday’s tournament, first-year coach Pankonin is happy with the Rams’ performance, but said the team is not where it needs to be to beat traditional league foes Grand Valley and West Grand.

“I’m pleased where our skills are at this point in the season,” Pankonin said. “Although, we need to work on our focus and intensity in order to accomplish our goals this season.”