SHS volleyball finishes second at Machebeuf tournament
DENVER – If there were any questions about the Summit High School volleyball team’s endurance or ability, those queries were answered on Saturday. In an all-day affair, the Tigers stormed through their five-team pool to advance to the finals against the Falcon Falcons at the Bishop Machebeuf tournament.Utilizing a blistering jump serve and its overwhelwing height, Falcon beat Summit 25-18, 25-20. Leading up to the finals, the Falcons hadn’t allowed a team to score more than 17 points.”They had three girls that were almost as tall as I am,” vertically-blessed SHS coach Gary Sorensen said. “That was pretty positive. There was nobody in the building who thought we had a chance.”The second-place finish was the best ever by a Summit squad, according to Sorensen. Anicia Santos had 49 kills, 15 digs, seven aces and 3 blocks for the Tigers, while Annalise Hafliger recorded 15 blocks, 19 digs and seven aces.Sorensen said Summit’s first match against Holy Family set the tone for the rest of the day. After splitting the first two games with the other Tigers, Summit fell behind 13-8 in the deciding third game. Then, behind 14-12 and facing match point, Santos took over at the serving line. Summit scored two points to tie the game before Shea Dickey, playing in the unfamiliar middle hitter position, earned a kill and a block to give the Tigers the win. “(Dickey) hadn’t ever played in the middle before, but she picked it up pretty quickly,” Sorensen said. SHS also beat Bishop Machebeuf (20-25, 25-23, 15-9), Erie (25-22, 25-17) and Goodland (25-17, 17-25, 15-6).After seven-and-a-half hours of playing on Saturday, Summit needs to recuperate quickly. The Tigers match up against Steamboat Springs today at home at 5 p.m.Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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