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Summit High roundup

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

Head coach Liz Hughes summed up her team’s match with just one word: almost.

With a young and untested lineup, the Tiger volleyball team lost a narrow match at Buena Vista to start the fall season.

“They did phenomenal,” Hughes said of her squad, which had only three returning varsity players entering Thursday’s match. ” … I’m really happy; it really felt good.”

And a couple points here or there and the Tigers could have headed back to Summit with a win.

After a sluggish start in the first game, which Summit dropped 25-14, the Tigers threatened to win each of the final three games.

Buena Vista edged the Tigers 25-23 in Game 2, but Summit responded in the third. Sophomore Charlotte Truesdell, whom Hughes said had “killer serves all night,” knocked a critical ace late in Game 3, helping the Tigers force a fourth game with a 25-21 win.

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Summit would drop the final game 25-23.

“They really held their own,” Hughes said of her team. “Everyone played their positions and did their job.”

Junior Kim Snyder stood out for Summit in the match, Hughes said, as she had 33 digs and helped lead the Tigers’ solid defensive effort. Hughes also credited sophomore Dakota Mendrick with making some “key digs” in the match.

Senior Katie Johnson had 29 digs and led the Tigers with 10 kills.

Senior Noelle Herrick had four kills for the Tigers.

Summit (0-1) is back on the court Tuesday, as the Tigers play host to Middle Park at SHS.

“Everyone played really hard (Thursday), and it shows us what we have to work on now,” Hughes said. ” … Middle Park is going to be a test.”

SHS head boys’ soccer coach Matt Zeiset said he likes to think of non-league games as a “hard and intense learning experience” for his Tiger squad.

Looking at it that way, the second-year Summit coach was more than pleased with his team’s season opener at Battle Mountain on Thursday.

The Tigers lost the match 4-1, but as Zeiset pointed out, it was much closer than the score indicated.

“We gave up a couple sloppy goals and missed a penalty kick,” he said. “Right there, we clean those up, and we’re looking at trying to win the game.”

The Shrine Pass rivalry between these schools has been lopsided toward the Vail soccer squad in recent years.

Summit’s goal on Thursday – netted by sophomore Said Aguilera – was the first time the Tigers scored against the Huskies “in years,” Zeiset said.

All in all, Zeiset said Summit did what he had hoped for in the game, which was play hard and play solid defense.

Now, the coach said, the Tigers need to focus on their offense and ball control a bit more.

“We need to spend more time focusing on that,” he said. ” … But Battle Mountain was a strong team, and our guys played a real solid game.

“We just wanted them to go out and give 100 percent the entire time they were out there, and they all did that. I can’t single out any players above others, because all of them played their hearts out.”

The Tigers (0-1) take on another tough mountain opponent, when they host Steamboat Springs on Tuesday at The Mine.