Summit v-ball shines in home opener |

Summit v-ball shines in home opener

Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc Summit High School varsity volleyball player Annalise Hafliger spikes the ball while Clear Creek High School teammates attempt to block it Tuesday night at Summit High School. The Tigers beat Clear Creek 25-15, 25-9 and 25-14.

FARMER’S KORNER – The scene was right at Summit High School for a home opener.Students, some with signs and some painted in green from head to toe, filled the stands to see the Summit volleyball team host Clear Creek for its first home match of the year. To top off the festive atmosphere, the Tigers won convincingly over their closest neighbors, 25-15, 25-9, 25-14.”This is pretty much the biggest crowd we’ve ever had,” senior defensive specialist Liz Shields said. It only took a few points before Summit established control over the Golddiggers.With the Tigers leading 5-2 in the first game, junior Anicia Santos slammed her first kill of the season on her home court, making her presence felt the rest of the night.

Santos, the tallest player on the court Tuesday, had six kills in the match, but her last two didn’t come until the Tigers’ 24th and 25th points of the third game. “It gives you a boost when you know you can put the ball away,” Santos said. Santos’ six kills was an average night for the middle hitter. It was Summit’s serving that made the difference. The Tigers had 17 aces overall and several runs of three or four straight points on serve. Their longest scoring run came when Shields was at the serving line. In the second game, the senior took over with the Tigers leading 9-6. By the time a Clear Creek player had a chance to serve again, Shields had aced the Golddiggers six times and stretched the lead to 20-6.One of the shortest players on the team, Shields said serving is her thing.

“I don’t get to play on the front row, so I might as well be good at something,” Shields said. The Tigers’ run deflated Clear Creek and Summit never looked back. “That happened to us last week at Battle Mountain,” Santos said. “It felt good to be on the other side of the net.” After the match, Summit coach Gary Sorensen said serving was the key.”We have been hitting the learn-to-serve books hard,” Sorensen said. “Against Battle Mountain we were serving the kind of stuff you serve at a family picnic when you don’t want to embarrass the aunt.

“What you saw here wasn’t indicative of (Clear Creek’s) skills. It showed how well we were serving.”Other Summit players who stood out on Tuesday included senior setter Rachael Fridkis (four aces, two kills, five assists), senior outside hitter Shea Dickey (four digs, two aces) and sophomore setter Chelsee Farrell (two aces, three assists).The Tigers travel to Bishop Machebeuf on Saturday for the Machebeuf Tournament, an all-day event which will feature teams from as far as Kansas. Sideout: Summit’s A, B and C teams all won on Tuesday night, but the B and C teams didn’t win so easily. Each match lasted longer than an hour. When the B team finished off a 27-25 win in the deciding third game, the stands were already full of screaming fans, setting the tone for the main event. Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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