Rams wrap up with win
Rams senior Hallie Shiner calls it fishing.
She picks out an opponent on the other side who is struggling to serve receive and sends the ball that player’s way.
She and her Soroco volleyball teammates used the strategy well in Saturday’s district match against Plateau Valley, as the Rams won in four, 16-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-16.
After dropping the first game, Soroco came back to win the next three, taking advantage of its efficiency behind the service line.
Seniors Kaleyne Gneiser and Chelsey Reynolds and juniors Kalvert Shiner and Kimberlie Williamson were perfect on service.
The good serve game, mixed with strong defense and the solid net play from Williamson and junior Karli Babcock enabled the Rams to overcome their slow start.
“Nobody showed up, and we played tired,” Williamson said about the team’s first game performance. “(Coach Valerie Remick) said we better pick it up or she was going to put in the second string.”
Soroco’s offense has been spurred by its defensive play all season, Hallie Shiner said. It works the opposite way for most teams, but the Rams’ lack of height and overpowering strength on the attack forces them to be sharp when digging and passing.
Hallie Shiner had 29 digs, while her senior teammate Kaylie Corrigan had 22. Williamson had nine solo blocks. Babcock added eight solo blocks at the net.
Against Plateau Valley, Babcock led the way on the attack with 13 kills.
Williamson added eight. Corrigan had seven, Shiner had six and Reynolds added five kills.
Gneiser had nine assists, while Kalvert Shiner had four assists.
“It was important for us to end the season with a win, especially for the seniors,” Williamson said.
Soroco finished third in its district pool behind Meeker and Rangely. The Cowboys beat the Rams on Friday, 25-13, 25-16, 25-6. The Panthers beat the Rams on Friday 25-20, 25-19, 25-18.
Soroco finished the 2003 season 6-16 overall with two victories against Plateau Valley and Hayden highlighting the list.
Graduating from this year’s volleyball team are Gneiser, Hallie Shiner, Reynolds and Corrigan.
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