Summit volleyball slides past Englewood 3-2
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FARMER’S KORNER ” Summit head volleyball coach Liz Hughes admitted that she was “pretty nervous” as her team failed to close out the match in the fourth game against Englewood High School at the Tiger gym, Wednesday night.
“They were just a little out of sync,” she said. “That fourth game worried me.”
If the fourth game made Hughes a bit edgy, the tie-breaker must have soothed any worries that she had.
In front of a ruckus homecoming crowd, Junior Hayley Colvin served the Tigers back from an 8-6 deficit to an 11-8 lead in the fifth game, and junior Jeana Holman closed out the match with a thundering spike for the 3-2 win.
“That was a huge win,” Holman said. “We had a huge crowd, and it was just a big one for us.”
After a rough start to the season, the Tigers now appear to have righted the ship.
They have won three-straight matches and stand at 3-2 in Jeffco League play.
“Tonight was the cleanest I’ve seen them play in terms of defense and fighting back,” Hughes said.
Englewood made sure that the Tigers battled for every point Wednesday.
In a back-and-forth first game, it looked like Summit was about to take control of the momentum when freshman Noelle Herrick and junior Julie Oberriter placed back-to-back shots between EHS defenders for a 15-14 lead.
But Englewood responded, digging out Summit hit after Summit hit and taking control of the first game with a 21-17 lead.
Though the Tigers would cut into the lead with a block by junior Codi Seaboldt, Englewood closed out game one 25-22.
The Tigers responded to win game two, but it didn’t come easily. Summit trailed 22-20 before Oberriter drilled a kill into the leg of an Englewood defender to cut the lead to one.
Then after a tip shot by sophomore Katie Johnson and a block by Oberriter, Colvin served up an ace for a 25-23 win.
“When Haley (Colvin) came in as our setter, she just did great,” Seaboldt said of her teammate’s play. ” … It was great to be able to respond the way we did.”
Summit took game three as well, thought it came much easier.
Seaboldt had three kills, and senior Catie Woessner served two-straight aces for a 25-14 win.
The Englewood defense tightened back up in the fourth game, as the Tigers missed on some opportunities to close it out.
“(Englewood) was defending out of their brains,” Hughes said. “They were just making us make errors.”
Despite the narrow 25-23 loss in the fourth, Summit bounced back. The Tigers grinded out the 15-point tie breaker with some key plays from Oberriter, Holman and Colvin for a 15-11 win.
“We all just really wanted it all night,” Colvin said. “We were going for everything.”
Colvin finished with a team-high 14 assists and 11 services points, four of which were aces. Oberriter led the team with 10 kills, and Holman chipped in nine kills to go along with her six solo blocks.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” Hughes said, noting that all 13 girls on the varsity roster got into the match at one point or another.
Hughes was happy with the win but feels that her team has a lot to work on before their next match.
“We need to be careful, because our wins haven’t been the cleanest,” she said. ” … If we can work on our offense, we can really get it going.”
The Tigers (3-12) will have the weekend to gear up for their next league match at Golden High School on Tuesday. The match will follow the 5:30 p.m. junior varsity contest.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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