It was a strong start for Summit High's girls' volleyball team on Thursday at Battle Mountain, but the Lady Tigers' game decayed as the sets progressed.
The Huskies beat Summit (3-10) in five sets, with the Tigers taking charge on the first set, 25-18, but allowing Battle Mountain to take over the next two games, 25-18, 25-12. The Tigers fought for the fourth game, which they won 25-23, but lost momentum at the end, losing the last set 15-11.
Senior Brett Huntley opened the first set with a streak of aces and tough serves, putting Battle Mountain on their heels. The Tigers won between the tough serves and some kills from Kates Raymond and Madi Webster.
In the second set, Battle Mountain took the Tigers' role behind the line to serve up several aces. Summit entered the third set without steam, allowing the Huskies to take off on a seven-point streak.
"Our serve-receive killed us," said head coach Liz Hughes-Waddick. "But so did our momentum. We kept letting them take it, or giving it to them with a mis-serve."
Summit was ambushed again at the start of the fourth set, but "the girls showed what they were made of in the fourth game with a late comeback," Hughes-Waddick said. The team was down 18-11 and came back to win the set, thanks to Huntley's clutch serving, the coach said.
The Huskies and Tigers went point-for-point the fifth game until the 10th point, when Battle Mountain went on another serving streak from which Summit couldn't recover.
Summit meets Steamboat at home today at 3 p.m. at Summit High School. The last time the league teams met was in mid-September, when the Sailors sailed to victory in three sets.