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Comeback falls short for Summit volleyball

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

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FARMER’S KORNER – Two bad runs, that was the difference between an improbable come-from-behind win and another narrow loss for the Summit High volleyball team.

After starting Game 1 in a 17-7 hole, the Tigers dominated visiting Battle Mountain by an 80-71 margin over the next three games, forcing a tie-breaking fifth frame.

But the serving prowess of the Huskies – and some unforced errors by the Tigers – was too much for Summit, and Battle Mountain topped the young Tiger squad 25-15, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25 and 15-4.

“I think they’re really growing in their positions. They’re figuring it out,” SHS head coach Liz Hughes said of her team, which returned only three players from a year ago. “That last (game), it was total mayhem. They weren’t in their positions, they were hitting at balls they shouldn’t have been swinging at. That fifth game was just chaotic.”

For the Huskies, though, it was just what they needed to finish off a match that seemed to be well in hand after two games.

“We started out great, playing our game. Our serves were unbelievable. I’m not sure where that came from,” Battle Mountain coach Lara Bossow said. “We just weren’t rattled.”

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The Tigers were, at least early on.

After being blown out in the first game, the Tigers stayed within striking distance through the second. And when sophomore Anna Zangari slid a shot into a gap in the Husky defense, Summit had the game tied 21-21.

But a crosscourt hit by Battle Mountain’s Krista Norris stopped Summit’s momentum, and the Huskies closed out the second with another kill from Norris.

Then the Tigers made their charge.

“Game 3, Summit turned it on,” Bossow said. “Katie Johnson started really hitting the ball.”

After sophomore Charlotte Truesdell served five straight points to give Summit a 9-2 lead, the Tigers had control of the third game.

When the Huskies started to come back a bit, Johnson, the Tigers’ lone senior in the lineup, smashed a kill crosscourt for a 19-15 lead. Johnson added another kill late in the game, and Tiger junior Noelle Herrick served up an ace for the 25-17 win.

Game 4 was much of the same for Summit, except with its defense leading the way. Libero Kim Snyder dug out a number of would-be kills for the Tigers, keeping the play alive and letting the Tiger offense attack.

Although Battle Mountain closed the gap at 22-21 late in the game, Summit responded with kills from Sara Metzger and Herrick to force the fifth game.

“We have a lot of determination; we weren’t going to give up,” Snyder said of her team. “We just want to win.”

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the fifth game didn’t go their way.

Summit had three straight service errors starting out, and Battle Mountain’s Kholi Jewkes hit two aces to close out the win.

“I told them in the fifth game that it was their time to perform,” Bossow said. “They’re good under pressure. That’s what they did.”

Sophomore Brett Huntley led Summit with 25 set assists, while Johnson had 9 kills.

Hughes was most impressed with the play of Snyder though. The junior had 16 digs and an average passer rating of 2.3.

“She was great,” Hughes said. “That’s just really impressive passing.”

Jewkes lead Battle Mountain with six aces, and Larose Currie had 13 kills.

The Tigers (0-3) are back on the court Saturday when they travel to Machebeuf for a tournament.