Summit girls' volleyball stayed above its competition Tuesday when it won over the Englewood Pirates, 25-17, 25-16, 25-9.
The Tigers appeared to have more control over the ball than their opponents, with that control improving each game. It helped that the Pirates came onto the court with low intensity and a myriad of errors. Summit is now 2-8 on the season.
Still, the Lady Tigers shone in their ability to set goals and meet them.
Junior Kates Raymond wants to lower her errors, and did so in the last third of Tuesday's play when she went from five errors on the match to one in the last game. She led the team with 11 kills on offense, and also led on defense with 10 digs. Raymond is beginning to fool her opponents with a mixture of taps and hard hits placed where she wants them.
Head coach Liz Hughes-Waddick commended junior Madi Webster's first-game performance as well as freshman Lexy Zangari's consistency throughout the match. Senior Dakota Mendrick is finding her place as setter, and showing improvements each week.
Senior libero Charlotte Truesdell followed Raymond on defense with 6 digs, and Anna Zangari is coming back to the court strong after a bout with pneumonia.
In the serving department, Mendrick and fellow senior Brett Huntley both had three aces to lead the team.
"It was fun for them," Hughes-Waddick said. "It was a good win for us."
But she has her eyes on Palisade on Thursday and Delta on Saturday, tough teams and league teams. Summit goes to Palisade with three losses and no wins in league play.
Unforced errors are key to improvement, and the coach is working with her squad on minimizing those.
"Those are critical points we cannot lose," she said.
Englewood didn't present tough competition, though Summit nearly let the first game get away through miscommunication. That improved throughout the match until the Lady Tigers shut down the Pirates. Both teams have a losing record.
"They're not there yet. It was a fun win, but it wasn't exactly where they should be to beat Palisade and Delta," Hughes-Waddick said. "We're going to have to really show up on Thursday."