The Summit High School girls volleyball team ended their season on a high note with a win at home over Delta Saturday.
For the graduating seniors it was a bittersweet ending to an up-and-down season.
“I’m really sad. I love this,” senior co-captain Davis Gidney said with a smile after the game. “It was a good way to go out with a bang.”
Their final game, much like their season, was a hard fought back-and-forth contest. With a strong showing from a loud visiting Delta crowd, the Tigers closed out the Panthers in four sets: 27-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22.
“It was really tense, but there was a sense we could do it and we did,” Gidney said.
The Tiger girls led in most sets by as many as 6 points, but continued to let Delta sneak back in, keeping the game tight.
“We weren’t completing as well as we should,” Tiger head coach Liz Waddick said, but “it was great to finish with a win.”
With an at times trying season, Gidney said the team’s hard work started to pay off towards the end.
“We could have had some more wins,” Waddick told the Daily. “We had a really slow start.”
But she added that the girls really showed some improvement as the season progressed, culminating in a strong showing at last weekend’s home tournament.
While they finished fourth in their invitational, they played competitive and nearly beat league powerhouse and eventual tournament winner Battle Mountain (20-1 on the season, 12-0 in league).
The young girls team closed their season with an 8-14 record, finishing fifth in the Western Slope league.
“Our program is getting stronger and stronger every year,” Waddick said. “Next year looks pretty promising.”
The team will graduate four seniors this year, but has a number of underclassmen looking to take the reins going forward.
“It’s an awesome group of girls we’re sad to lose,” Waddick said of her seniors. “Kates Raymond is going to leave huge shoes to fill.”
Raymond accounted for four of the team’s 13 aces in her final game.
With a number of sophomores in the mix this season, Waddick said she’s pleased with the improvement.
“Our sophomore middles improved big time.”
The team will celebrate with their annual end-of-season banquet later this week.