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Tiger volleyball blocked by Middle Park

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Summit County, Colorado

FARMER’S KORNER – Steadily, the Tigers started building a lead. Serve after serve landed in, and point after point, Summit snatched up a gap between itself and Middle Park.

Unfortunately, the 12-6 run to start the third – and what would be the final – game of Tuesday’s match didn’t last long.

The young Tigers ran into a talented and tested Panthers team with a lot of height and experience, and in the end, that was the difference in the three-game loss.

“They’re just really mature players. They know the net, and they know what’s going on,” SHS head coach Liz Hughes said of Middle Park. ” … Overall, it was a little disappointing for our first home game, but we knew they’d be tough.”

Despite an impressive defensive performance, in which the Tigers dug out a slew of Panther spikes, Summit lost 25-21, 25-19 and 25-15 at the SHS gym, the team’s second straight loss to start the season.

And again, Hughes felt – with only three returning varsity players on Summit’s roster – that experience was the deciding factor.

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“They’re definitely making young errors, which is fine, because they’re not dangerous errors,” the coach said. “I think they’re making the harder errors, making the hard play.”

After losing handily in the first two games, the Tigers came out firing in the third, leading by as many as seven points. But after senior Katie Johnson closed off a rally to give her team a 12-6 lead, Middle Park started to battle back.

Middle Park blockers Elsa Krieg and Cheyenne Hickox thwarted nearly every kill attempt by Summit, and once the Panthers started pulling away, the Tigers had no answer.

“I think we need to work on our transitions from defense to offense. We’re a little slow. That’s just lack of practice and lack of experience,” Hughes said. “We need to differentiate our offense, too. Our plays are just too easy for them to block.”

Junior Kim Snyder and sophomore Lisa Evans led the defensive effort for Summit, digging out plenty of would-be Panther points.

Also, sophomore Charlotte Truesdell, who is currently on the JV roster, stepped into the match to provide some stellar serves for Summit.

In all, Hughes wasn’t too disappointed in her team.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” she said. “I’m disappointed (our) points were so low, but they played their butts off. They kept hitting and hitting.”

The Tigers (0-2) are back on the court Thursday, when they play host to Battle Mountain. The match will start following the 5:30 p.m. JV game.