Summit volleyball drops season opener on the road
EAGLE-VAIL – Battle Mountain’s volleyball team woke up to a bit of a surprise Thursday morning as the Rocky Mountain News tabbed the Huskies No. 5 in 4A in its preseason rankings.The Huskies then took a small step toward validating that ranking with a convincing 25-16, 25-9, 25-19 sweep of Summit High School in the season opener for both teams Thursday night in Eagle-Vail. “I don’t put any weight in preseason rankings. It’s more of jinx,” Huskies coach Brian Doyon said with a laugh. “The nerves were up there. I was nervous. They were nervous. But they came out and played very well.””It feels really good,” Huskies outside hitter Sydney Nichols said. “I think we had a lot of nerves before we started playing. Once we got going and got in a groove, it really worked out.”
Yes, it did, and that left Summit with a blueprint of what the Tigers need to work on before their next match against Clear Creek at Farmer’s Korner on Tuesday at 7 p.m.”This is a good way to start,” second-year Summit coach Gary Sorenson said. “Battle Mountain’s obviously a very fine team and they show it in every respect, whether it’s offense or defense. When you play someone like that it points out in a very glaring, clear manner what it is we have to work on. The short end of a long list is that we need some offense and blocking and a little communication.”Battle Mountain did it Thursday night with a steady serving game and tenacious defense at the net. The Huskies’ Crystin Rodrick started pounding down the ball had one of four aces as the Huskies went up 12-6 in the first game. Sofia Lindroth served up three points and Britney Brown added four more and the Huskies were sitting on a 24-11 lead.”One of our goals was serving. All the girls did a very good job,” Doyon said. “I don’t think we started missing serves until that last game. They all did real well. All I asked for them was to challenge each pass and I think they did a good job, each one of them.”
A run of serving from Rodrick essentially decided game 2. She ripped off seven straight, posting the Huskies to a 15-5 lead. During that run, Nichols put down a thundering kills. Summit did challenge in the third game, tying it at 15, but again it was a Rodrick run from behind the line with some good play from Nichols, Abbott and Lindroth that finished the job.”I don’t think they cashed in their chips at all,” Sorensen said. “I think they kept digging and working. They were just outclassed, but they didn’t quit. They had a couple of runs. They had a tie (at 15). That’s a positive. Now they know the seriousness of what we’re trying to practice.”Anicia Santos topped the Tigers with six kills. Teammate Shea Dickey led with nine digs, and Rachael Fridkis finished with five assists.
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