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Summit volleyball downed by D’Evelyn

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

FARMER’S KORNER – Sometimes the score can tell the whole story. At least that was the case in the Summit High volleyball team’s match Tuesday against D’Evelyn. Losing decisively at home, the Tigers dropped each of the three games 25-9, 25-20 and 25-5.

“I don’t think we came mentally prepared,” SHS head coach Liz Hughes said following the loss. ” … We just didn’t show up.”

Both the Tigers and D’Evelyn came into the match sitting toward the middle in the Jeffco League standings. So, some Summit players may have expected more of a battle than a beatdown.

“It was a tough game, and they were a really good team,” SHS junior Malory Donahue said. “We just kind of fell apart.”

Senior Jeana Holman led the Tigers with three kills on the night, while fellow senior Julie Oberriter had two. Junior Dustee Faxon had a team-high two blocks.

“Those aren’t their typical stats, at all. We just didn’t give ourselves a chance,” Hughes said of her team’s top statistical performers.

D’Evelyn began its dominance early in the match, cruising to a win in the first game.

But when Holman delivered a hard spike to start the second game with a 1-0 Tiger lead, it looked as though things may turn around for Summit. Unfortunately, with the score tied 3-3, D’Evelyn went on a 9-0 run to take a large lead.

The Tigers fought back, though, as Faxon served for four straight points to cut the D’Evelyn lead to 12-8.

Then on a wild series of plays, sophomore Kim Snyder made a diving dig in the back of the Summit zone that hit off the basketball hoop above her. The ball deflected toward the sideline, and senior Code Seaboldt made a lunging effort to keep the play going. She sent the ball to Faxon, who one-handed it over the net for the point.

The play kept Summit’s momentum, and after a crucial block by Faxon late in the game, the Tigers had cut the score to 22-20.

As was the case in much of the match, though, D’Evelyn responded with a run of its own, winning the final three points to close out Game 2.

The Tigers were then dominated in the final game.

“We need to keep each other up and stay positive,” Donahue said. “We need to keep the ball under control and have smart plays. We have to be smart with the ball and not just hit it as hard as we can.”

The Tigers (4-13, 3-6) are back on the court again Thursday with a home match against Evergreen, which starts following the 5:30 p.m. JV game.


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