Soroco volleyball overcomes slow start in win over Hayden
Oak Creek — Weird was the popular adjective used to describe the beginning of Friday’s volleyball match between Soroco High School and Hayden High School in Oak Creek. Between that and Soroco coach Jeannie Jo Logan telling her team it was playing with a “plateau” in the first set, the Rams didn’t look like a group intent on winning.
“We were making it really easy for Hayden,” Logan said. “They were playing, but they weren’t playing hard. We got back in the huddle, and they were like, ‘That was weird.’ They just all felt that was kind of weird.”
Eventually, however, the Rams found their rhythm and cruised to a homecoming win over Hayden, 3-0. Set scores were 25-21, 25-8, 25-14. This was the second meeting of the season between the teams, Soroco having won 3-0 in Hayden on Sept. 11.
Hayden, fresh off its first win of the season a week ago, had a bit of swagger in Friday’s first set. The Tigers trailed 11-7 before mounting a 5-0 charge and the lead. But it was Soroco who pushed through to the finish, ending the set on a 6-1 run.
“I think what changed is we started going and we started getting into the flow of things and running some pretty intense plays,” Soroco senior Briana Peterson said. “Once that started happening, our intensity went up, and we just clicked after that.”
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The Rams rolled through the second set before an error-filled start to the third put them in a 4-1 hole. But a stretch of four consecutive kills by Peterson put Soroco back in front, a lead it would not relinquish again.
“We have to maybe not focus on our mistakes so much,” Hayden coach Dayna Hunter said. “We just have to continue to focus on our improvements. We were tons better from our first time playing them. They have a great team. We just have to keep on moving forward.”
Hayden (1-8) will host Vail Christian at 5 p.m. today.
Soroco (7-4) is trying to get back to playing consistently. The Rams had lost three of four matches heading into Friday’s win over Hayden, which was also their first home win in three tries this season.
Next is a trip to North Park on Tuesday, a team they lost to 3-0 in Oak Creek on Sept. 18.
“At the beginning of the year, we were real good, and then, I think, we kind of went through that loss, and it just rattled them to the point they didn’t know where to turn,” Logan said. “It led us right into a couple of bad weeks. Last week, they had a team meeting together, and it has been kind of moving up from there.”
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