Tigers sweep past Jefferson in volleyball match
FARMER’S KORNER – A funny thing happens when a completely disorganized team comes to face the Summit Tigers volleyball team. That is, the Tigers simply don’t know what to do.
That’s what happened Tuesday night, as the Jefferson Saints spent most of their night knocking the ball over the net with digs and weak attacks.
The only challenge left for the Tigers was themselves.
“We played down to their level,” senior Julie Wallace said.
“We shouldn’t have let them score so many points.”
It’s not like the Saints scored enough points to win a game, much less the match, as the Tigers took them out in three games, 25-14, 25-19 and 25-20.
It just seems relatively consistent this season that the Tigers play at a level comparable to their opponent, whether they are powerful or disjointed.
The two big exceptions were not rising to Conifer’s level, and being beat by Bishop Machebeuf.
At the same time, the same day they lost to Bishop Machebeuf, they defeated Erie, which is currently dominating the class 3A Patriot-Longs Peak League.
With that in mind, the Tigers’ next big test comes Thursday night, when the Tigers head to Arvada to take on Ralston Valley, the powerhouse of Summit’s Class 4A Jeffco 10 league.
If the Tigers can bring down the Mustangs, then Summit heads to districts on Oct. 24 in a three-way tie with Ralston Valley and Conifer, provided the Tigers can maintain their dominance over weak teams in their final two games against Alameda and Golden.
Alameda is 0-7 in the league while Golden is 3-2.
“All we can do is go out their and play our best,” captain Wallace said.
Karleigh Schurr echoed similar sentiments. “When we play a better team we rise up,” she said.
Head coach Darren Buckner hopes that the rest the girls received by not playing a Friday game during homecoming week will help.
“It’s nice to take a three-day weekend and relax a little bit,” the first-year coach said.
Buckner added that the team learned a lot in its loss to Conifer, which posed the girls their first decent challenge since Erie.
“We’ve been doing transition drills,” he said, adding that he’s focusing on better ball handling and forcing the ball to the middle, where Erica Nourse and Stephanie Von Normann can assert their authority.
And, while at least one senior on the team mentioned she actually got a little bored trying to predict Jefferson’s ineptitude on the court, Buckner did use the opportunity to put in some players who haven’t had much playing time this year.
Kelly Mattos played half of the second game while Sara Griffin and Kendra Carlberg played all of the third.
Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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