Summit High's volleyball games against Glenwood Springs Tuesday may have started slowly, but the Tigers pulled out a three-set win in the end.
The Tigers defeated the Demons, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22, led both by the stellar defense of senior Anna Zangari and the kill-team of Sara Metzger, Kates Raymond, Madison Anderson and Lexi Zangari. It redeems a four-set loss to Glenwood on Oct. 13.
"Anna had 19 digs in the three-set match. Her digs weren't just numerous, they were also key," head coach Liz Hughes-Waddick said. "When our block wasn't there, Anna was. She also served very well, with three aces against a very tough Glenwood serve-receive. We scored 17 points while Anna was serving."
On the offensive side, Anderson had 13 kills, Raymond tallied 12, Lexi Zangari had 10 and Metzger numbered seven. Raymond tied Anna Zangari's points while serving, tallied seven digs and 11 serve-receptions. The team attacked with a .264 percentage in 50 kills and 17 errors.
"That's right where we want to be," Hughes-Waddick said, adding, "With seven kills and a never-say-die attitude, (Metzger) led the Tigers to the three-game sweep. You can see her desire and will all over her face."
Each set wasn't won by much, with the Tigers allowing themselves to get into a hole at the start of the first set with less-than-stellar serve-receptions and problems completing plays.
"The girls never got down," Hughes-Waddick said. "Never. Their faces showed a strong belief in each other."
The third set started off with a misserve by Brett Huntley, stringing the team into a six-point deficit. With Anna Zangari's serving leadership (including one ace to tie the score at 7-7), the team caught up and began going point-for-point against the Demons.
The ball came back to the Tigers after a teamwork play between Raymond's pass to Huntley, who set it to the outside for Anderson to kill. Another Anna Zangari ace put the score at 18-18.
The Tigers clawed their way into a 23-22 score before a few more kills and Anderson sinking the final point in the Demon court.
"It was a match won by a fabulous team," Hughes-Waddick said. "They have faced a lot of adversity this year and have risen above it."
It helps to have defensive specialists Davis Gidney and Kyla McCann helping develop the team's ability to keep the ball in the air.
"(The team) knows that without Anna and our back row digging, and without our front row running a fast offense, none of them can score. The front row has faith in the back row and the back row has faith in the front row," Hughes-Waddick said. "They are really trusting each other. It is going to be a great week for practice and we are looking forward to another win against Delta. In their gym."