Summit VB loses in 4 sets to Huskies on senior night
Summit vs. Battle Mountain
Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Summit 25 20 12 19 3
BMHS 23 25 25 25 0
FRISCO — On a raucous senior night, Tigers volleyball lost to cross-county rivals Battle Mountain in four tight, tough, occasionally haphazard sets at home on Tuesday night. The loss drops Summit to 5-7 in the gritty 4A Western Slope, while the Huskies improve to 9-2.
The first set was all Summit, even though the set came to a close at 25-23. The Tigers did what they had to do, dictating the momentum and never letting Battle Mountain pull ahead. It’s the first time all season the Tigers haven’t let the Huskies take the lead in a set. Long, dispiriting rallies from the opposite side have plagued Summit all season, but seniors Lexi Zangari and Emily Wallace stepped up when it mattered.
The second set was a repeat of the first until about halfway through, when the Huskies pulled ahead and never let up. Summit managed to shut down Battle Mountain’s go-to hitter, tall Jordan Brandt, but junior Autumn Panlilio caught onto the strategy quick and started setting up her other star hitter, Avery Weaver. A few penalties on both sides slowed the pace, bringing the lead within two points, but the Huskies capitalized at 19-21 and gave up just one more point.
In the third set, Summit fell apart with mental mistakes and miscues. They gave up an 11-0 run early in the set and never recovered. Of course, it didn’t help the home team’s case that Brandt found her hand on the far side, nailing kill after kill in front of a wild student section.
The fourth set was closer than the third, but it didn’t quite capture the wild, could-go-either-way energy of the first and second sets. Summit had an early lead until the Huskies tied it at 7-7, then the two teams battled back and forth for a few volleys that were alternately exciting and oddly sloppy. The Huskies found a rhythm faster than the Tigers, and, well, that was all she wrote. Summit never came closer than three points after the 7-7 tie.
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