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Tigers volleyball suffers its first conference defeat

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High volleyball team lost it’s first conference match on Tuesday night to Evergreen in three games, 25-19, 25-13 and 25-17.

From the beginning, the Tigers faced a precision offense and a stellar defense. Not only did the Cougars shut down middle hitters Stephanie Von Normann and Erica Nourse, they also managed to pick every scrappy play up off the floor – no matter how aggressively the Tigers tried to kill.

“They had more weapons and it killed us,” Tigers head coach Darren Buckner said. “When we couldn’t get control, I saw the girls lose confidence.”

In each game, the Cougars set up a strong front line that gained control rather quickly. The Tigers fell behind 10-15 in the first game, 10-16 in the second and 10-20 in the third.

“We were so scared of not winning that we couldn’t play to win,” senior Emilee Sandsmark said.

The highlight of the match was when Julie Wallace somehow scraped together three aces near the end of the third game.

Otherwise, the Tigers’ powerful service game had been rendered ineffective.

“We got fronted by the other team and we couldn’t find a way to get back in their face,” Buckner said.

The plan for the girls now is to regroup for their next match against top-ranked Ralston Valley.

The Mustangs are the only undefeated team left in the Class 4A Jeffco League.

“We have to get our mind set to do it,” said Sandsmark, who pointed out that

Evergreen has already lost to Ralston.

The Tigers face Ralston Valley in Arvada on Oct. 9 at

6:30 p.m.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at


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