Soroco volleyball falls in four sets to West Grand
Oak Creek — The Soroco High School volleyball team spent much of Saturday afternoon stumbling around in the dark, looking for the light switch to illuminate what could have been a big win against West Grand. At least, that’s what it felt like for the Rams in a 3-1 loss in Oak Creek.
“It was just trying to get that switch in there,” Soroco coach Jeannie Jo Logan said. “They just played a little sluggish today. They just were quiet. They didn’t bring the intensity they’ve had for the last few games. We won that second game, and they didn’t even play to their potential.”
There were “moments of goodness” in Saturday’s loss, flashes of light that showed everything Soroco volleyball is capable of being. But the Mustangs preferred to run in the dark, outpacing the Rams over the course of the four-set match.
West Grand (15-2) had an easy time of the first set, turning an early 11-3 lead into a 25-18 set win. The second set was well on its way to a similar result, the Mustangs leading 19-13 before the Rams finished on a 12-4 run, easily their brightest moment of the match.
“I push with the girls to get them to believe in themselves. And I’ve seen it, and we have seen their ability to play really well,” Logan said. “It’s just continuing to pull it all out all the time. Some days you just don’t have it, so you can’t fault them for it. Some days you have good days, and some days you have bad days.”
Saturday turned into a bad day after Soroco seemed to run out of fuel following the second set. West Grand led 10-4 in the third set and was able to coast from there to a 25-17 set win.
The low point of the match for Soroco came in the final set. After Soroco built an early 4-2 lead, West Grand went on a 15-0 run to extinguish the Rams’ flame once and for all. Soroco had a couple of minor runs late but ended up falling 25-11.
“That little rally there toward the end was just a little too late,” Logan said. “But you saw a lot of great things. You had girls willing to hit the floor, and they were reading the defense and moving into defense.”
The win gives West Grand the regular season sweep of Soroco after a 3-0 win on Sept. 25 in Kremmling. Set scores that day were 25-16, 25-18, 25-23.
Soroco, 8-7, will look to regroup in a hurry for its final three matches before district play begins. First, the Rams will host Vail Mountain Tuesday, a team it beat 3-0 on Sept. 15. The match is an important one for both teams as far as league play goes.
“That’s going to be a really big deciding game for us,” Logan said. “The girls know what’s on the line for that. They are currently ahead of us, but if we beat them, then we will be tied with them, and hopefully, we should win the tiebreakers because we beat them twice.”
Following Vail, Soroco will host Rangely Friday and Plateau Valley Saturday to close out the regular season.
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