Summit drops final home match of season
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FARMER’S KORNER ” Some days, a team can play as hard as they can and as well as they can, and things just don’t bounce their way.
Unfortunately it was one of those days for the Summit High volleyball team Saturday when they squared off with Conifer High School in their final home match of the season.
The Tigers trailed at the beginning of each game, and, despite valiant comeback efforts, were trounced 3-0 by Conifer.
“Conifer was a really good team,” Tigers head coach Liz Hughes said.
It also didn’t help that Summit was playing less than full strength with sophomore Katie Johnson falling ill.
“We changed a bunch of stuff that we were doing because of that,” Hughes said. ” … I think they handled it really well, all the adversity they were facing. They fought their faces off.”
Trailing 20-11 in the first game, the Tigers staged a comeback. Junior Julie Oberriter had two straight kills then a block to cut the lead down to six. Then with Conifer two points from closing out the game, Oberriter served back-to-back aces.
But when Summit was whistled for playing a ball with an open hand, Conifer took
Game 1 25-19.
Summit started strong in the second game. Junior Codi Seaboldt placed a shot in between the defense for the first point. Then senior Racheal Long sent a laser down the sideline for an ace.
The Tigers built an early 5-3 lead, before Conifer came charging back. Conifer went on a 12-3 run and had a 23-11 lead when junior Jeana Holman dropped a pretty touch shot in for a Summit point. But Conifer closed out the game two serves later for a 2-0 lead in the match.
After Long served up an ace on the first serve of Game 3, Conifer took control. The lone highlight early in the game was when Summit sophomore Dustee Faxon, playing in her first varsity match, dug out a tough Conifer shot, then pushed the ball cross court for a kill.
“Dustee came in an played her butt off,” Hughes said.
The Tigers looked doomed for a lopsided final game, trailing 21-8, when they once again fought back. Seaboldt and Oberriter slammed a kill apiece while senior Michelle Maddex served for seven straight points, including an ace.
Although, Conifer closed out the match with a 25-16 Game 3 win, the Tigers were pleased with the passion they displayed.
“When we got down, I think that we just go our spirits up and realized that we didn’t have anymore time to waste,” Maddex said.
“We realized that it was our time to fight back and that we can show (our opponent) that we can play and that this is our home court,” Oberriter added.
Oberriter led Summit with nine kills and eight digs. Maddex had eight service points, and freshman Noelle Herrick had eight assists off sets.
With two matches left on their schedule, the Tigers will likely need a win against Evergreen High School on Thursday in order to guarantee a spot in the district tournament.
“We need to come out and play well,” Hughes said, “but I think we have a good chance to make it (to districts).”
Before they play Evergreen, the Tigers will travel to undefeated D’Evelyn High School on Tuesday. The match will start following the 5:30 p.m. JV game.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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