Soroco volleyball headed to regionals
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Soroco High School volleyball team is headed to regionals, and it could be for the first time ever.
After some research, rounding up alumni and checking records, head coach Jeannie Jo Logan can’t find a time that the Rams have traveled to a regional tournament.
“I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes from history from way back when,” she said. “(But) I believe we have never made it to regionals.”
So, in what could be the only instance in Soroco history, the Rams will travel to Dolores to take on the host Bears as well as Clear Creek. On Saturday, Nov. 9, Soroco will face Dolores at 9 a.m. and match up against Clear Creek right after that.
Dolores earned the home advantage with the No. 10 seed in the 2A RPI standings. Clear Creek is the No. 15 seed, while Soroco is No. 27, making the cut by nine spots, as just the top 36 teams attend a regional.
In the little film and stats Logan has seen, she doesn’t see a gap in skill between her team and Clear Creek and Dolores.
“When you look at what kind of system do they run, how offensive they are, how defensive they are, we seem to be the most defensive team out of the three,” Logan said. “There’s no leaps and bounds in between our offenses.”
Defense isn’t the Rams’ strongest weapon, though. Logan said she thinks her team’s mental toughness and preparation will be their greatest strength going into the weekend. The Rams are talking, asking for genuine, competitive blocks to prepare them to hit around opponents, Logan said.
Soroco Rams volleyball schedule
- Aug. 31: 1st at home tournament: W vs. Ridgway 3-1, W vs. Nucla 3-0, W vs. Little Snake River (Wyo.) 3-1
- Sept. 5: at Lake County, W 3-0
- Sept. 10: at Vail Mountain, L 3-0
- Sept. 13: vs. DeBeque, W 3-0
- Sept. 14: at Vail Christian, L 3-2
- Sept. 17: vs. North Park, 3-1
- Sept. 20: vs. Caprock, 3-0
- Sept. 28: Simla Tournament: L vs. Ignacio 3-1, L vs. Simla 3-1, L vs. Dayspring Christian Academy 3-0
- Oct. 3: at Hayden, L 3-2
- Oct. 4: at Plateau Valley, W 3-0
- Oct. 11: vs. Hotchkiss, W 3-0
- Oct. 12: vs. Paonia, W 3-1
- Oct. 18: at Rangely, W 3-0
- Oct. 21: vs. Moffat County, W 3-2
- Oct. 25: vs. West Grand, L 3-2
- Oct. 26: vs. Meeker, L 3-1
- Nov. 9: 2A Region 10 vs. Dolores L 3-1, Clear Creek L 3-1
“The girls are in a totally different mind frame,” she said. “Their play has really changed the last few weeks of practice. They’re more aggressive now. It’s just continuing to give them the opportunity to run those plays and continue to perfect them and prepare for hard play.”
The Rams (12-8 overall, 7-5 in the Western Slope) haven’t met either Delores or Clear Creek in recent years but have had some common opponents this fall.
De Beque and Caprock Academy both squared off with Dolores (19-4), with Dolores winning both meetings 3-1. When Soroco met with De Beque and Caprock, the Rams didn’t relinquish a set, earning 3-0 sweeps.
Meanwhile, Meeker faced Clear Creek (15-8) at a tournament in early September. The Cowboys defeated Clear Creek in three sets, two of which were dominant.
Soroco traveled to Meeker for the final game of the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Rams got an opening frame win but dropped the next three.
That was the last time Soroco played. Come Saturday’s regional, it’ll be two weeks to the day. They haven’t taken two weeks off though. In fact, Logan said it’s been the strongest string of practices of the season.
“They’re all very positive. I’ve told them to keep everything very simple, be effective and don’t question yourself now,” Logan said. “The great thing that’s made me even more proud is that they’re taking that ownership and talking amongst each other and saying ‘I need you to block me, so I’m more prepared to hit through you.’ As a coach, that’s what you want in life.”
To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.
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