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Saints start slow, finish strong in 3-1 win

Ian Cropp

EDWARDS – It could have been a long night for the Saints. After the Vail Christian volleyball team led 24-18 in the first game, Soroco fended off seven game points, and then won the game, 26-24.But the Saints weren’t about to let the Rams put a ruffle in their game plan, and came back to win the next three games, taking the match, 24-26, 25-15, 25-21, 25-8.”I knew they would get through it,” said Vail Christian coach Cathy Alexander. “The girls were having a difficult time understanding what I meant by making changeups, and it took them until the third game to realize I meant making tips and roll shots.”In the first game, the Saints had five service errors, and a handful of hitting errors.”Their points were mostly our errors,” said Vail Christian’s Bradie Beagley. “We were swinging away and we should have been placing the ball.”Soroco also had some ice water in its veins during the end of the first game. Leading the Rams in their streak of eight unanswered points to win the first game was Glenda Long.”She was able to serve under pressure and produce good hits under pressure,” said Soroco coach Betsy Photos.Long had many digs on the run to keep the streak alive, and even a few kills despite being the shortest Ram on the court.Rapid responseIn the next three games, the Saints only trailed for three points, all of which were in the first five points. The service and hitting errors turned into aces and kills.”We just talked more and pulled it together,” said Jackie Parker.The Saints had only one service error in the final three games.Parker did her part, registering a team-high four kills, along with an ace and a solo block.Leading 19-15 in the second game, the Saints called a timeout, and then proceeded to win the next six points.But, the Saints almost relinquished a late-game lead in the third game. Vail Christian led 24-17, but after Soroco won a point, the Rams’ Long went behind the service line and emulated her first game performance.At 24-21, Kaley Hagerman used a tip from the middle of the net to quash the Soroco comeback. Hagerman was sharp at the net with a pair of kills and two solo blocks, and also had two aces.Soroco had trouble defending the varied Vail Christian attack.”Our biggest challenge was their middle hitter,” said Photos. “That threw us off, and everyone got frazzled.”In the final game, Soroco hitters were running around to pass the ball. On many points, the Rams had to bump the ball three times and were not able to mount any offense against the Saints.Sister, sisterAt the end of the fourth game the Saints had a sisterly lineup.All three Parker girls, Allie, Jackie and Nicole, were on the court, along with the Beagley duo of Britni and Bradie.”I love the family stuff,” said Britni Beagley. “To get to the point when you can be with your younger sister and play varsity, it’s a kick.”The sisters, and the rest of the team will take on Coalridge Tuesday at 6 p.m.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or, Colorado

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