Jeffco honors awarded to SHS volleyball
FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School senior Sara Olbright and sophomore Anicia Santos were the headliners at Tuesday night’s volleyball team banquet.Head coach Gary Sorensen revealed that both players were voted first team all-Jeffco by the 4A league’s coaches. Olbright, one of the team’s three captains, also was named to the all-state team.Olbright’s fellow senior tri-captains, Kendra Carlberg and Sara Griffin, were voted second team all-Jeffco. Junior Rachel Fridkis received an honorable mention.
Sorensen didn’t just pass awards, though. The first year coach was named the Coach of the Year award from his peers in the league. “These awards really validate what we’ve accomplished this year,” Sorensen said. “When you’re recognized by your fellow coaches, that really tells you that you’re going in the right direction.” Sorensen has known the results of the voting since Oct. 27, but chose to keep them secret until the team banquet.The awards overwhelmed the girls, whose season came to an end at the district tournament in Lafayette on Oct. 30.
“I hadn’t really thought about it until we got there (Tuesday night),” Santos said. “I’m really glad Sara Olbright made all-state. That was really cool.”Added Sorensen, “It was amazing how enthused the team was about these honors. All of the seniors were on first or second team, so that has to put an exclamation point on the end of their careers.” In his first year with the program, Sorensen had to deal with rebuilding the varsity squad after losing eight players to graduation.He did a masterful job, using nearly three decades of experience in coaching boys to instill confidence in his young team.
After a shaky 4-4 start, Sorensen guided the Tigers to an overall regular-season record of 10-8 and a second-place finish in the Class 4A Jeffco League behind Ralston Valley. The Tigers’ league record was 7-2. Along the way, Olbright – the only member of the team to start the season with any real varsity experience – blossomed as an outside hitter and also turned into one of the team’s best diggers. Santos, meanwhile, applied her skill as a club player in the position of middle hitter, consistently leading the team in kills throughout the season. “Success is pretty much a matter of perspective,” Santos said. “And from my perspective, to finish with a winning record and a 7-2 conference record is a great accomplishment.”
Attempts to contact Sara Olbright were unsuccessful.The Class 4A Jeffco League honors were determined in a vote by the league’s coaches at the end of the regular season. No coach was allowed to vote for players on his or her team. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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