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Hayden, Soroco volleyball still improving

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs — If last year's 2A District 5 volleyball tournament proved anything, it's that anything can happen. — If last year's 2A District 5 volleyball tournament proved anything, it's that anything can happen.

— If last year’s 2A District 5 volleyball tournament proved anything, it’s that anything can happen.

Plateau Valley came in as an underdog and No. 3 seed, but after two days of play, Plateau Valley found itself as the District 5 champion and on its way to regionals.

It’s why all eight teams at this year’s tournament believe they have a chance to follow Plateau Valley’s roadmap.

With the exception of Rangely – as the regular season champion and top seed, Rangely has a guaranteed spot at the regional tournament – seven other teams are vying for the other two spots.

“We’re going into districts at our peak,” Soroco volleyball coach Kim Reeves said after Tuesday’s three-game win against Plateau Valley, in the pigtail game that gave the Rams entrance into the district tournament as the No. 8 seed. “I’m sure there’s some teams that are worried about us – we’ve come such a long way.”

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Soroco certainly improved as the season progressed.

Before its win Tuesday, Soroco pushed Rangely to its limits.

Despite losing in three games, the Rams led all three games by significant margins before the Panthers rallied to win each time.

Soroco will open up the district tournament at 4 p.m. Friday against Rangely. The team then plays cross-county rival Hayden at 8:30 a.m. and Meeker at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Hayden enters the district tournament as the No. 4 seed.

Hayden opens play at 5:30 p.m. Friday against Meeker – a team the Tigers have already beat once this season.

Hayden coach Stephanie Davis said when the brackets came out, she felt confident with the pool her team was in.

“I believe if the Hayden team that fights and plays well as a team shows up, we can play with anyone,” Davis said. “But for whatever reason, sometimes things don’t click.”

Davis said the first game of the tournament is the most crucial, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the cross-bracketing portion of the tournament.

“That match will set the tone for the whole weekend,” said Davis, whose team will play Soroco and Rangely on Saturday in pool play. “Meeker certainly will be prepared. We need to be ready to play with them. It’s very pivotal for both of us.”

Three teams from District 5 – with Rangely already holding one of the spots – advance to the regional tournament. Dates and sites for the regional tournaments have yet to be determined.

District information

– Pool A

No. 1 Rangely (14-5 overall, 9-0 in league play)

No. 4 Hayden (9-8, 4-5)

No. 5 Meeker (10-9, 4-5)

No. 8 Soroco (5-14, 1-8)

– Pool B

No. 2 West Grand (11-6, 6-3)

No. 3 Vail Mountain (11-7, 6-3)

No. 6 Paonia (8-10, 4-5)

No. 7 Grand Valley (7-11, 3-6)