"We just beat the No. 1 team in the league," Summit High girls' volleyball head coach Liz Hughes-Waddick said Thursday after the match.
The Lady Tigers won the second, third and fifth sets, 25-17, 29-27, 25-19, 25-18 and 15-5.
"They all really played together. They did such a good job. They came together and ran the ball around on offense," Hughes-Waddick said. "Palisade was confused by our offense, which is exactly what we've been working so hard this week to do."
Former coach Gary Sorensen worked with the team on offensive strategy prior to the game while assistant coach Kate Ferris focused the girls on defense.
It paid off, with Anna Zangari digging 32 times on the night and passing 35 balls on serve receives. Kates Raymond was close behind with 18 digs. Sarah Metzger had key blocks that changed the game's momentum.
Metzger also had hits that determined the course of the game. Madi Webster had 14 kills, Raymond and Metzger had 11 and Lexi Zangari had 13 of the 59 kills on the match with 28 errors.
Meanwhile, Charlotte Truesdell "did an amazing job serving under pressure." She had three aces, and led the team to victory in the fifth set, heading up a string of eight points.
"Charlotte tore them apart in that fifth game," Hughes-Waddick said, adding that the team didn't let mistakes bother them, and instead learned from them.
Summit hosts Saturday's invitational next.