Summit volleyball comes up big in win
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FARMER’S KORNER – With a slim lead in the crucial third game, the Tigers were losing their steam. The visiting Cardinals from Elizabeth were rolling, carving up the Summit defense for six straight points.
Then the Tigers responded.
Senior Katie Johnson finished off a long volley with a laser shot down the right line, slamming home a critical point for the Tigers and taking back the momentum for her team.
The Tigers never lost it again.
Summit came up with big point after big point throughout Wednesday’s league matchup at home, eventually cruising to the four-game win, 27-25, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-21.
“I think we just wanted it more,” Johnson said. “We’ve been training to really fight back from being down in points and we’ve really learned to fight back and pump it up. Our serve-receives and our defense and knowing where to put the ball – it was all better.”
Johnson led Summit with 21 kills on the night, while sophomore Charlotte Truesdell picked up 21 digs and had eight kills of her own.
And with the win, Summit moved to 2-2 in league play.
“It was great,” SHS head coach Liz Hughes said. “It was good to see them having so much fun playing together.”
The Tigers, who came into the match at 2-8 on the season, rebounded from every mistake against Elizabeth. They jumped out to big leads early in the first, second and third games. And when the Cardinals started coming back, Summit came up with the big play when it needed it the most.
In the first game, it was sophomore Anna Zangari serving up an ace into the back-left corner of the court for the narrow win. Then, after losing Game 2, junior Lisa Evans came up with two huge spikes to hold off Elizabeth in Game 3.
In the final game, Johnson scored the Tigers’ first three points and had a key ace down the stretch.
For Johnson, it was her team’s attitude that helped them pull through in the clutch.
“It’s a big deal,” she said. “We’re really supportive of each other. We’re really close friends and we know when someone’s down how to pick them up.”
The Tigers (3-8, 2-2) don’t have much time to savor their win. They play again Monday at Jeffco power D’Evelyn.
“They should get a lot of confidence out of this one,” Hughes said. “It should help them down the road.”
Monday’s match is slated to start following the 5:30 p.m. JV game.
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