Summit volleyball wins in three over Kent Denver
FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School volleyball team still hasn’t lost a game at home this season. The Tigers have only played two matches at Farmer’s Korner this year, but after their 25-11, 25-20, 25-17 win over visiting Kent Denver on Friday night the SHS girls are playing like it’s playoff time. Summit was never threatened by the Sun Devils. The Tigers jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first game, cruising to the 1-0 lead behind five kills from junior Anicia Santos. Santos had 12 kills on the night, and made only one hitting error. Her kill percentage was an astounding 55 percent in the match. “You’re feared if you’re hitting 30 percent,” Summit coach Gary Sorensen said. “Fifty-five percent is excellent.”
The Tigers (6-2) were coming off a second-place finish at the Bishop Machebeuf tournament last weekend. The players were obviously confident going into Friday’s match. “We felt really good coming in,” sophomore setter Chelsee Farrell said. “We know we can do it again.” Farrell, along with senior Rachael Fridkis, combined for 23 assists from the starting setter positions. Besides Santos, Shea Dickey, Ariel Strickler and Morgan Foote were their primary beneficieries. Dickey had five kills, while Strickler and Foote swatted four each. Senior outside hitter Julie Black thought the Sun Devils would put up a better fight.”We were all really nervous about Kent Denver ’cause they creamed us last year,” Black said. “We’ve definitely improved from last year.”
One reason for improvement may be a deep Summit bench. With a one-game lead, Sorensen sent in several reserves in the second game, but the Tigers didn’t miss a beat. Strickler, freshman Billie McCauley, Foote and junior Maddie Rehn played key roles, keeping the momentum on Summit’s side. “It’s hard to call them second string,” Sorensen said. “They had the entire second game and played pretty well.”Strickler had several big plays in the second game, including a diving save that kept a crucial point alive for Summit. The Tigers eventually won the point. One of her four kills was a well-placed spike that ended the second game.”(Strickler) has a good arm,” Fridkis said. “Once she learns how to get on top of the ball, she’s going to be awesome.”
After the successful tournament last week and two perfect home performances, Sorensen is pleased with the start of his second season as head coach. “They’ve got a few steps to go before they can read each other’s minds,” he said, “but they’re making progress in that area.” The Tigers play again tonight at Woodland Park at 7 p.m. Sideout: After the Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead, the Summit girls received an added boost from more than 20 SHS football players, who poured into the stands painted in green and gold. Before each Sun Devil serve, the raucous crowd would do its best to distract the Kent Denver players. The football Tigers had a rare Friday night off from playing due to their game scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Aspen.Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.
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