SHS volleyball blows out Alameda
LAKEWOOD – Gary Sorensen wasn’t trying to demean the effort put forth by his team’s opponent Friday night. Rather, the Summit High School volleyball coach was simply attempting to provide an accurate description of the contest, in which Summit romped past Alameda 25-11, 25-12 and 27-25.”We kept the tempo up despite the fact that the ball rarely came back over the net,” he said. “We didn’t fall asleep. So that’s a plus.”Again, he wasn’t kidding. As Friday’s match wore on, Summit’s dominance grew. The Tiger starters did almost everything right for the first two games, then Sorensen emptied his bench – and put the subs out of position “to give the girls an appreciation of how difficult the roles they don’t usually play are.”Against Alameda’s starters, the out-of-position Tigers still did enough to complete the sweep and send Summit to 7-4 overall (1-1 in the 4A Jeffco League) going into Tuesday night’s crucial Homecoming match against league foe Conifer (8-4, 2-0).Friday, even more than Sorensen’s quote, the stats told the story. Summit finished with 15 service aces, including four each by Rachael Fridkis and Annalise Hafliger, and three by Shea Dickey. All three girls only played two games.Junior Anicia Santos led the squad with six kills (and only one error), while her classmate and fellow middle hitter Morgan Foote took charge in the third game to finish with five.Fridkis had a team-best six assists coming off her 24-assist performance in Wednesday’s heartbreaking five-game loss at Ralston Valley. Chelsee Farrell and Ariel Strickler chipped in with four assists apiece.Liz Shields, Julie Black, Hafliger, Strickler and Dickey tied for the team lead with three digs. The match took just 1 hour and 7 minutes to complete.As for the Tigers’ 7-4 mark going into the bulk of league play, Sorensen said, “I’m OK with it. I’d certainly be happier if we’d have gotten by Ralston Valley, but yeah, I’m pleased. I think we’re ready.”Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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