Vail Christian takes down Soroco in four games |

Vail Christian takes down Soroco in four games

Melinda Mawdsley

After dropping two matches in straight sets, the Soroco High School volleyball team battled through four games before falling to Vail Christian on Tuesday.

The Saints beat the Rams, 24-26, 25-15, 25-21, 25-8, to drop Soroco’s season record to 3-9 and league record to 1-3. Tuesday’s match was nonleague.

“Every player has improved individually,” Rams coach Betsy Photos said. “We need to improve on our communication as a team and our perseverance and our tenacity to keep going until the ball is dead.”

Soroco won the first game of Tuesday’s matched, battling back from a 24-18 deficit. The Saints needed only one more point to win the game.

“Kyla Schmidt served eight-straight points to catch us up from 24-18 and to get us to 26-24, so that’s phenomenal,” Photos said. “That was a real strength for our team.”

Photos also highlighted the aggressive play of Vanessa Eaton and Emily Strait in the first game. The two didn’t have many kills, but they were consistent in keeping the ball in play to prolong rallies. “Emily has come on really well in the last two or three weeks,” Photos said. “You talk to her about where the holes are, and she goes at them. She’s very coachable.”

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Up next for Soroco are two homecoming matches this weekend. Soroco hosts North Park at 6 p.m. Friday and Plateau Valley at 5 p.m. Saturday after the football game.

Saturday is South Routt’s official homecoming. The Friday match against North Park was switched to a home game to keep the Soroco players from having to travel during the weekend. The switch cost North Park’s volleyball team a homecoming match.

“I feel terrible,” Photos said about the miscommunication between the schools. “They are coming to us with no homecoming game. I had no idea. They are going to come at us ready to fight, because they are upset.”

Photos said she plans to challenge her team to respond. On Saturday, an unusual day for homecoming, the volleyball match will follow the football game.

“I think we can work it to our advantage,” Photos said. “Everything else will be finished.”

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