If they don't dig, they can't play offense.
That's what Summit High School girls' volleyball head coach Liz Hughes-Waddick said about how her Tigers played Thursday against Battle Mountain High, a match which ended in a three-set loss.
The Huskies dominated the court with a 13-25, 15-25, 21-25 victory over the Tigers.
"(SHS) got better as they went," Hughes -Waddick said. "They improved Game 1 to Game 3 for sure. We just weren't playing defense. We weren't digging balls. You can't do anything without that. We need to pick up the ball to make something happen."
The Tigers tallied an unimpressive 26 digs throughout the match, with junior Kates Raymond leading the bunch with 10. Seven of those were had in the third game.
Senior Charlotte Truesdell came in with just four digs, but "they were game-changers," Hughes-Waddick said.
Meanwhile, the team had eight service errors, three more than their goal of five for Thursday's match. Their ultimate goal is to gain enough consistency in serving to have a maximum of two service errors in a match.
The team is currently 1-6, a far cry from starting toward its goal of a winning season. But Hughes-Waddick maintains faith that the team will pick up steam and show what they're made of.
"This is the year we have what it takes to beat these teams," the coach said. "My girls are really skilled. When they start defending ... you'll start to see how skilled they are. ... They can't show a team what they've got until they're digging balls."
Summit faces off with Steamboat today. Hughes-Waddick wants her girls to work on serving consistency as well as defense against the historically strong Steamboat Sailors.
She also wants them to focus on playing to win, versus "playing not to lose."