Soroco volleyball holds off Hayden in thrilling match |

Soroco volleyball holds off Hayden in thrilling match

Soroco's Laramie Parker tips the ball over in front of Hayden's Jordan Temple on Friday. Every game was bitterly close, but Soroco won in the end, knocking off the Tigers in four sets.
Joel Reichenberger

— The end result was the same Friday — the Soroco High School volleyball team again beating its rival, this time knocking out Hayden in the Tigers’ home gym.

There wasn’t much about the game that felt like the first, however. The Rams took the first showdown in three dominating sets.

On Friday, they had to claw for every point, and in the end pulled out an exhilarating four-set victory, 25-23, 25-22, 27-29, 25-22, crushing the hopes of a loud gymnasium.

“It was just a lot of fun,” Soroco’s Jessica Rossi said. “It reminded me of my freshman year of basketball when it got really loud in here. It’s always great to get a win against your rivals, especially when everyone on your team is playing as family, like we were.”

How close was it? Soroco built a seven-point lead midway through the fourth game, and that was the first time in the entire night either team led by more than three points.

The squads traded blows throughout the night.

Hayden’s Jordan Temple was firing hard, and Soroco’s Lucy Carlson dominating at the net. Carlson put down two balls hard to end the first and second sets.

The first two sets were devastatingly close losses for the Tigers, but they rallied in the third, hanging on as both teams traded serving errors and finally winning after a big Temple swing gave them the lead for good.

When it finally appeared Soroco was going to finish Hayden off in the third, the Tigers mounted one more big comeback. Jewel Vreeman came up big at the net, slamming the ball down on back-to-back points to erase one early lead. The team then crawled back from another, pulling within two after going down 20-13.

A Carlson kill, a few mistakes and a bad serve helped finally end the match.

“We just wanted to win so bad,” Vreeman said. “Sometimes we let that get in our head. It pushed us forward to work harder in practice, but I also think because we wanted to beat them so bad, we sometimes let it get to us.”

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