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The Summit High volleyball team struggled in its match at Conifer on Wednesday, losing in three straight games. The Tigers started slow and, despite a comeback effort in the third game, couldn’t hang with their tough Jeffco League opponent, losing 25-9, 25-13 and 25-21.
“They were super good,” SHS head coach Liz Hughes said of her team’s opponent. “We hung in there in the beginning of each game, but once they got to about 16 points, we just kind of lost it.”
Kim Snyder led Summit with 13 digs in the match, while Liza Evans served for seven points.
The Tigers did have a brief lead late in the third game at 19-18 and threatened to force a fourth game. But Conifer rallied and eventually scored the final five points to close out the match.
Hughes said the Tigers struggled to put any runs together, mostly because of a floundering offense that had more errors than kills on the night.
Even in the loss, Hughes said her young team is still optimistic about the rest of the season and had a handful of girls – Brett Huntley and Sara Metzger, among them – that played well Wednesday.
“Their spirits are still up, and they play hard,” Hughes said. “They give everything they have.”
The Tigers have a week off before hosting what Hughes called a “scrappy” Elizabeth squad next Wednesday at home. The match is slated to start following the 5:30 p.m. JV game.
Tuesday’s regional tournament wasn’t like anything the Tiger golf team faced all fall. The pressure-packed tourney was much more formal, had bigger galleries and much more intensity than the Tigers were used to.
And, of course, their play was nothing like it had been all season.
Summit struggled to a fourth-place finish at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose, ending what had been a stellar season.
The Tigers, who entered the tourney as one of the favorites to advance on to the state meet, shot a three-man score of 246, leaving them 17 shots away from champ and state-qualifier Montezuma/Cortez.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t live up to our usual stellar standards,” SHS head coach Gary Sorensen said.
Montrose was second, and Battle Mountain finished third.
Only the winning team advanced from the regional. The top-10 individuals – not on the winning team – move on as well.
Sophomore Dylan Mitchell, who led the Tigers in scoring all season, overcame a triple bogey in his round to shoot 78 and finish in a a tie for sixth place, earning him his first-ever trip to the state meet.
The meet was won by Montrose’s Dew Trujillo, who shot a 73.
Summit senior Dak Dice won’t be making a repeat trip to state. After being the Tigers’ sole qualifier a year ago, Dice missed out on state by just two shots after shooting 83.
Evan Streit rounded out Summit’s team score with an 85. Senior Aaron Redner also competed for the Tigers.
Summit finished an impressive season with two team wins in tournaments, including one at Keystone Ranch Golf Course.
Mitchell will now compete at Flying Horse Country Club in the state meet on Oct. 4-5 in Colorado Springs.
In a giant meet with many of the state’s top teams, the Summit High cross country team more than held its own Tuesday at the Chatfield Challenge at Denver Botanic Gardens.
The boys’ team placed 27th out of 48 teams, many of which compete in the 5A class, and the girls were 12th.
“We couldn’t be happier with how our teams held up under the pressure of such a large meet,” SHS head coach Heather Quarantillo said via e-mail.
And it was a pair of rookies who led the Tigers’ boys’ team on day when most on the team ran some of their best times of the season.
Freshman Liam Meirow led the boy’s squad for the second straight meet, finishing in his fastest time ever – 18:48 – to finish in 96th place. (There were more than 300 total runners in the race.) And fellow frosh Robert Koegel dropped more than a minute and a half off his best time to finish in 154th palace.
Next for Summit was senior Emmett Bailey. The boys’ captain, Bailey narrowly missed out on his best time with a 19:16, good for 124th place.
Quinton Bobb also dropped plenty of time to finish in 174th, and fellow senior Duncan Koehn rounded out the Tiger scoring with a 183rd-place finish. Troy Meeker and Sam Piehl also ran for Summit.
On the girls’ side, the experienced runners led the way for the Tigers.
Captains Cali Greksa and Julia Hayes were the top-two Summit finishers. Greksa was 48th, and Hayes was 57th. Both seniors ran their fastest times of the season.
Freshman Katherine Pappas was 68th, senior Tess Olson was 81st and Sydney Stein was 116th to fill in the scoring runners for the Tigers.
Ciara Morrison and Paige Olson also competed for Summit.
The Tigers are back in action next Tuesday at the Prairie View Invitational.
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