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FARMER’S KORNER – Battling back and forth the entire game, Summit pulled ahead 23-20 after a timely kill by Katie Johnson and back-to-back aces from Lisa Evans. The Tigers were just two points away from stealing the third game.
Then Eagle Valley responded.
A critical block by Becca VanVoorst on the ensuing serve started a rally for the Devils, a rally that ended with Lauren Shreeve smashing the ball through the Summit defense for the 25-23 win – closing out a clean 3-0 sweep of the Tigers at SHS on Tuesday.
“The third game, if they played like that coming out, we could’ve gone somewhere,” SHS head coach Liz Hughes said. ” … It was good they came out in that third game and played awesome. I’m proud of them.”
The Tigers easily could’ve cashed it in against a stellar Devils squad. Summit wasn’t able to generate any sort of offense in the first two games, and lost decisively 25-7 and 25-14.
Then in the third, the Tigers started to pick it up. Evans drilled a spike through the Eagle Valley defense to give the Tigers a 14-13 advantage, and a kill by Sara Metzger increased Summit’s lead to 17-14.
Eagle Valley was able to rally to tie the game at 20-20, but Summit responded yet again with a kill by Johnson off a nifty dig by Noelle Herrick.
Evans then served her two straight aces, but the Devils came back for the win.
The play in the third was a far cry from Summit’s performance early on.
After dominating Game 1, Eagle Valley started the second with 10 straight points, all of which came on serves from Shelby Wright. Although the Tigers rallied for some points in the middle of the game, the second was never close.
“We came out flat,” Hughes said. “We’ve got to work on dialing in our warmups. We should have been more ready. … Everything we did was flat.”
Even in the loss, Hughes said her young team showed some good things. The coach commended Evans for “not making critical errors,” and she also said Johnson played well up front.
“That third game, they showed up,” Hughes said. “Eagle Valley’s definitely a really good team. They have some big players, some older players, a lot of really good players. All of this is good for our girls.”
The Tigers (1-7) are back in action again on Thursday, when they travel to take on Arvada. It’ll be the team’s first Jeffco League match of the season, and Hughes feels the Tigers will be ready after practice today.
“We just need to clean up some of the reckless mistakes,” she said. “You can be aggressive, but you have to play smart.”
The match is slated to start following the 5:30 p.m. JV game.
The Summit High boys’ soccer team lost its Jeffco League opener 3-0 Tuesday at Conifer High School.
The Tigers came out slow, and Conifer pulled away for the easy win.
“We were playing OK in the first half, but we just never got anything going,” SHS head coach Matt Zeiset said. “Conifer was a good team. They knocked the ball around really well.”
The home team jumped out to a lead just after halftime, and the Tigers weren’t able to respond.
“The guys started to put some things together, but they need to do that at the beginning of the game,” Zeiset said.
The Tigers (1-2-2) have the rest of the week off before returning to action Sept. 22 against Valor Christian.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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