Sophomore Santos takes charge on the court for Summit |

Sophomore Santos takes charge on the court for Summit

Summit Daily/Reid Williams As a sophomore, Anicia Santos has helped lead Summit High's volleyball team to a 4-0 league record.

FARMER’S KORNER – After steadily working her way through the ranks of the Summit High School volleyball program, the Santos torch is finally Anicia’s.After watching her sister, Aurora, help carry the Tigers volleyball squad to a seventh-place finish in the 2002 4A state tournement, Anicia is ready to take charge of this year’s team. And in many respects, the 14-year-old sophomore has. Debuting this season on the varsity squad, Santos has quickly assumed a position of leadership on a team that is proving to be a force in the Class 4A Jeffco League. “She’s our strongest player, and she’s consistent,” said senior tri-captain Kendra Carlberg. “Everyone has moments when they’re awesome, but she keeps it up.”

Santos has consistently reached double digits with her match kill totals, and along with her teammates has led Summit to a six-match winning streak. The Tigers are 7-4 overall and have overachieved under first-year coach Gary Sorensen.”She’s just a natural-born leader, and she always has been,” said Anicia’s mother, Chris Ebert Santos. “It might be having so many older brothers and sisters.”Anicia’s siblings – an older sister and three older brothers – have certainly paved a path to success.Since graduating from Summit in 2003, Aurora (her sister) has gone on to be a dominant force on the Div. 1 West Virginia University volleyball squad. Meanwhile, her brother Carlos played for the U19 national rugby team while he was at Summit High, and was a starter for the Tigers football team until the 2000 Homecoming game. In a freak accident, Carlos was upended and landed on his head, instantly paralyzing him from the waist down.

Anicia said each of her siblings is an important role model, but that she wants to establish her own identity – especially on the volleyball court.”Aurora was the first in our family to play volleyball, and she made her own name,” Anicia said. “I want to make a name for myself and no longer be known as Aurora’s little sister.” She’s on the right course. Anicia trains year round, and has already established herself as a club player to be reckoned with in Colorado.After spending last summer playing club in Colorado Springs, she joined the U16 Rocky Mountain Region (RMR) High Performance team, where she played alongside some of the best volleyball players in the state.

On that team Santos traveled to Austin, Texas, this summer for a national tournament, and her team advanced to the finals before falling to the Florida Region High Performance team. Now she’s brought those experiences to the Tigers’ varsity squad, ready to share her insight and take the team to new heights. “I know the team has made it to state before, but I’m shooting for the stars and hoping to win state,” she said. “By my senior year, hopefully everyone will know that Summit is the team to beat, because hopefully by then we’ll have won state twice.”Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at

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