SHS volleyball wins sixth straight |

SHS volleyball wins sixth straight

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Junior Shea Dickey knocks one past an Evergreen defender Thursday at Summit High School, helping the lady Tigers cruise to a win in three games.

FARMER’S KORNER – Oops, they did it again.The Summit High School volleyball team maintained its perfect league record on Thursday night, sweeping Englewood 25-19, 25-19, 25-21. The victory brings the Tigers’ Class 4A Jeffco League record to 4-0. The record is indicative of a team that has surpassed every expectation granted it at the beginning of the season.With the win – their sixth in a row – the Tigers (4-0, 7-4) remain tied for the No. 2 spot in the Class 4A Jeffco League with Golden (4-0, 6-5). After a rough and tumble 3-0 loss to Battle Mountain on Sept. 2, the Tigers have only lost three matches, and haven’t given up a game at home since.

“I’m so excited about this,” said sophomore Annalise Hafliger. “It was a whole new team when we started. We definitely have made some improvements (since Battle Mountain).” But the reality is that the Tigers schedule has been in their favor since the very beginning with the weakest teams in the Jeffco League falling – totally by chance – in the first half of the season. And the whole team knows it.”I think we’re fortunate that it worked out this way,” said Kendra Carlberg, a senior and one of the team’s three captains. “We had to get our act together.” That included learning the way the girls would work together after spending much of last season either on the JV squad or on the bench watching the team’s eight seniors take control. It also meant adjusting to a new coach and his way of doing things. There have been hiccups along the way, but with each game, the girls have shown steady improvement.Summit seems to be finding its own way of doing things and is building a team chemistry that wasn’t a part of last year’s team, according to Carlberg.

“This team is better at shaking off what just happened when we make mistakes,” said Carlberg, who had five aces on Thursday. “We’re better at thinking about what we need to do to get the next point.” Added Anicia Santos, who once again led the Tigers on kills with nine on Thursday night, “I expected the best out of this team. It just took us a while to get the ball rolling. Now that we’ve got it going, I hope it doesn’t stop.” First-year head coach Gary Sorensen has seen this improvement, but knows the schedule is going to get much more difficult in the coming weeks.”They have to hit harder to score against the better teams,” he said. “Tonight, we had some places where they hit the ball as hard as they’ve hit it all season.” Sorensen is looking to refine the girls hitting skills in the coming weeks and work on their ability to organize their game, incorporating more anticipation into the way they put plays together.

“The more they know about the game that’s going on, the better off they are,” he said. “Every time they attack the ball, they need to look though the net and take a mental picture.” As for Summit’s undefeated league rivals, the Tigers face Golden on Oct. 12, and then end their season against Ralston Valley, the No. 1 4A team in Colorado as of Monday, Oct. 20. The match against the Mustangs – which takes place at Summit High – is three weeks and seven matches away, but the Tigers know it’s coming. “It think it’s awesome that our last game of the season is Ralston Valley,” Carlberg said. “I think by the end of the season we’ll be able to beat them.” Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at

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