SHS volleyball wins league opener against Conifer
CONIFER – For the first time in Gary Sorensen’s 30 years coaching high school volleyball, he led a team of girls to a league victory.And for Sorensen, whose Summit High School squad beat Conifer 3-1 Friday night, that was enough to leave an indellible mark.”This is going to stick in my mind,” said Sorensen, who coached boys for 29 years before taking over at SHS. Playing until shortly after 10 p.m., the Tigers took the victory on four close games, 28-26, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24.”There wasn’t any breathing room in any of these games,” said Sorensen. “It was a nice way to start conference play.” The girls began to gain their momentum late in the first game, when the two teams tied at 25. The Tigers (4-4) managed to rally on serves by Anicia Santos and Kendra Carlberg to pull ahead and get the crucial win. Summit hung on in the second game for another two-point victory, but then hit its biggest stumbling block of the night in the third game. “We started out in a funk and gave up eight points,” Sorensen said. “But we came back and tied them at 20 after digging an insurmountable hole for ourselves.” SHS dropped the game, but then hung with the Lobos point for point in the fourth game right up until the score was tied at 24. After taking the lead, 25-24, Carlberg struck again, this time on defense, stuffing the ball back at the Lobos on a block for the match-winning point. “We did a lot of things better than we have done so far this year,” Sorensen said. “And it couldn’t have been timed better than the league opener.”Santos led the way in the hit parade with 14 kills, and Shea Dickey had six. Sara Olbright and Carlberg combined for nine more. On service, Rachel Fridkis had four aces and Carlberg had three. Sara Griffin added two more for good measure. “The girls are serving as good as any team I’ve seen, and I’ve seen several men’s championship teams,” said Sorensen, who won five state titles with boys in Wisconsin. Summit returns to the court on Wednesday against Alameda in its Homecoming match.
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