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Hayden prevails

Tigers beat Soroco Rams three games to one

Kylee Sweetser hammers the ball over the net during Hayden's 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Soroco on Friday night.
John F. Russell

— The Hayden volleyball team took a systematic approach against Soroco Friday night.

In the Tigers 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20 win against the Rams, Hayden coach Stephanie Davis was pleased with the way her team played as a team

“When we’re in the system we’re pretty tough to beat,” she said. “We need to pass, set and hit.”

In the first game, the Tigers fell behind early when Soroco came out and took an early 6-4 lead. After a Hayden timeout, the Tigers battled back and went on a 6-0 run to extend its lead to 18-12, and eventually pulled away from the Rams.

“We definitely used our intensity well,” Hayden’s Kylee Sweetser said. “We’re a really close team this year.”

In the second game, Soroco turned the tables on Hayden. The Rams scored six of the last eight points to win the second game, 25-23.

“I think that we’ve improved quite a bit,” Soroco coach Betsy Photos said. “This game gave us more experience and should help us out in the end.”

The third game saw a back and forth match that had 11 ties and nine lead changes. With the score knotted at 20, Hayden used its powerful middle blockers to pull away from the Rams.

In the last game, Hayden took control from the outset and dominated the game. Soroco went on a 5-0 run to make a late charge, but an unforced error gave Hayden the match.

“We have a habit of being intense then losing it,” Sweetser said. “Usually we pick it back up and that’s what happened tonight.”

An early test such as Hayden will only make her Rams better, Photos said.

After having to shuffle her roster around to find the right chemistry, Photos is confident her team will only improve and compete with teams down the road.

She said if her team would have gotten a few breaks, Friday’s outcome might have been different.

“I think with playing experience the girls will trust they can pull the close ones out,” she said.

For Davis, whose team plays at North Park today, the win gives Hayden its first league victory.

“That’s a big win – a real big win,” she said. “Now, we just have to prepare for North Park.”

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