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Summit Volleyball notches win No. 2

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
summit county, co colorado

FARMER’S KORNER ” No more moral victories. No need to play up the positives of a loss. The Summit High volleyball team now has a win streak.

After winning their first match of the season on Monday, the Tigers defended their home court Wednesday against the Alameda Pirates, winning in three games.

“It feels great,” junior Jeana Holman said following the victory. “Our confidence is definitely improving.”

And it should be. The Tigers dropped their first 11 matches of the season before turning it around this week and winning six-straight games in the process.

“I think that they have a taste for winning now,” Summit head coach Liz Hughes said.

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead Wednesday. They were up 10-5 after a drop shot by Holman and an ace on a serve by sophomore Katie Johnson.

Fighting back, the Pirates went on a run, dropping shots into holes in the Tigers’ defense to go up 13-11.

The two teams went back and forth for the rest of the game, neither team holding more than a two-point lead, before the Tigers scored the game’s last four points to go up 1-0.

The second game was similar to the first. The Tigers took an early lead only to watch it vanish to another Pirate come back.

The turning point of the game came when Summit junior Hayley Colvin subbed in to take a serve with her team trailing 17-16 and desperately needing to regain momentum. Colvin promptly dished up four-straight points for the Tigers to give them a 20-17 advantage.

“It got our confidence back up,” Colvin said of the stretch. “Then we got back into

the game.”

The Tigers finished off the second game on a strong serve by senior Rachael Long to take a 2-0 lead into the third.

Summit started slow in the final game, falling behind 4-1.

But then a well-placed drop shot by freshman Noelle Herrick gave the Tigers back the serve with the game knotted at 9-9. Holman then served three aces on four serves, and the Tigers had a 13-9 lead.

“They have been doing a much better job on serving,” Hughes said of her team. “They changed their focus from the past few matches and they are just going at them harder.”

With Summit leading 24-21, junior Codi Seaboldt ended the game with a kill that ricocheted off an Alameda defender and out of bounds.

It gave the Tigers their second win in three days and, more importantly, their second win in Jeffco League play.

“We just realized that we needed to step it up,” senior Catie Woessner said. “We needed to get better mentally and not let our errors get to us. I think that we’ve started doing that.”

Hughes also thought that her team has shown vast improvements, but still sees the need to take it to another level.

“They won three-straight (games) in both matches (this week),” she said, “but both were a little hairy. … They were kind of ugly wins. I’d like them to be a bit cleaner.”

Long led the Tigers with 12 points off serves and 14 digs. Senior Stephanie Snyder chipped in 12 digs, while junior Julie Oberriter led the team with eight kills. Holman and Seaboldt both added five kills of their own.

The two victories have given Summit (2-11, 2-2) the confidence that it may have lacked earlier in the season. Now, only one thing is on the team’s mind: Winning.

“Hopefully we can keep this going,” Holman said. “If we just keep playing together, we cando it.”

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@summitdaily.com.


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