Three SMS volleyball squads capture league titles |

Three SMS volleyball squads capture league titles

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Special to the Daily It was a season to remember for the Summit Middle School volleyball players.

FRISCO – Summit High School volleyball is not the only local volleyball team that has enjoyed success this year. Summit Middle School’s eighth-grade A and B squads both finished off their seasons with a league championship. The A team beat rival Buena Vista 2-1 on Oct. 16 to be crowned Central Mountain Division League champions for the second consecutive year.

Leading the Tigers to a league record of 6-1 was head coach Julie Ogden. Ogden credits her team’s focus as the main reason why her girls were able to be so successful. “Volleyball is such a mental sport,” she said. “Any break in focus could cost crucial points.”Aiding the Tigers’ offensive attack was Jeana Holman, who recorded a number of aces against the Demons in each of Summit’s two victories. Holman was helped out on offense by teammates Catie Woessner, Billie McCauley, Kali Turrin and Steph Snyder. Bayley Donahue was critical to stopping the opponent on defense by making several valuable saves on the back line.

The middle school eighth-grade B team’s performance was similar to that of the A team. The B team also defeated Buena Vista by a score of 2-1. Summit’s Chelsea Andrew Devault, Michelle Maddex and setter Taryn Grosskreuz were instrumental for the team on offense. On defense, Heidi Fassel, Abi Sundell, and Olivia Johnson led the way for the Tigers. The fact that Summit was able to beat its hated rival made the victories that much more satisfying.

“The Demons were determined to win the title back this year,” said coach Ogden, “but the SMS team stayed on the attack the entire time.”The SMS seventh-grade B team gave the middle school three league champions by beating Lake County 2-0 – a great accomplishment for a team primarily made up of sixth-graders. Although Summit’s seventh-grade A team lost its final match against undefeated Salida, that group enjoyed a great season as well.

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