Conifer spoils Tigers’ Homecoming opener
FARMER’S KORNER – At most high school sporting events, shirts and shoes are strictly required. Tuesday night at Summit High, however, shirts seemed to be optional so long as fans were clad from the waist up in thick, dark-green body paint. The student body section was a sea of foam fingers, body paint, and wild school spirit, but it was not enough to lift the Tigers volleyball team past the visiting Conifer Lobos, who handed them a 21-25, 25-21, 20-25, 21-25 Homecoming loss.”The girls are very disappointed because this game was within our reach. The closer you come to achieving something, the harder it is when you fall short,” Summit coach Gary Sorensen said.
Summit (7-5 overall and 1-2 in the 4A Jeffco League) was paced by Anicia Santos with nine kills and 13 blocks. Rachael Fridkis chipped in 12 assists, four kills and four digs. Shea Dickey had an excellent all-around performance, finishing with eight digs, two kills and one ace.The Tigers looked disorganized in the opening game of the match. They committed several net violations, double hits and poor serves. It looked like Conifer (9-4, 3-0 Jeffco) would easily take the first game until Summit returned from a timeout and scored six straight points behind the serving of sophomore Ariel Strickler. After giving up six unanswered points, Conifer regained possession and completed a narrow game 1 victory, 25-21.The Tigers struggled from the service line on Tuesday. A number of Summit’s first serves were hit directly into the net, which made it difficult for the team to gain momentum. “If we had served with more consistency, we probably would have won tonight,” Dickey said. “We’ve let serving slide a little bit,” Sorensen added. We’re going to work on that in practice. We’re also trying to implement a new offensive approach that should be more fun and exciting for the girls.”
Game 2 represented a high point for the Tigers and their fans. With the crowd chanting “Sum-mit, Sum-mit,” the team responded by keeping tough pressure on the Lobos both at the net and from the service line. Dickey served for the game 2 win with junior Morgan Foote scoring the winning point at the net. Foote provided a strong presence at the net and added five kills on the night.Conifer took over the match during the third and fourth games. The Lobos seemed to have an answer for all of Summit’s offensive weapons, including Santos, who employed a remarkable combination of power and finesse to lead her team up front. Summit’s loss was not for lack of effort. “Our defense was way better today than it was last week,” Sorensen said. “We kept a lot of balls off of the floor which was very encouraging.””Our team is disappointed. But it’s OK for them to be down temporarily after a heart-wrenching loss. Hey, if you’re not down after a game like that, then you’re not a competitor.”
Sorensen is optimistic his team will bounce back. “They are resilient,” he said. They are not going to fold up their tents and go home. They will come back and ask, How do we fix this thing? … and I want to help them.”The Tigers are idle for the rest of this week but have three matches next week, beginning with a home contest on Monday against nonleague opponent Steamboat. Adam Boffey can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or email@example.com.
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