Tigers volleyball wins Homecoming match | SummitDaily.com

Tigers volleyball wins Homecoming match

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Senior Kendra Carlberg homes in on the set on her way to a kill versus Alameda Wednesday night at Summit High School. The Tigers cruised to a victory in three straight games.

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School volleyball team has come a long way since being swept in its season opener on Sept. 2. The girls improved to 2-0 in league play and 5-4 overall on Wednesday night, sweeping the Alameda Pirates, 25-13, 25-17, 25-16.”It was fun to win for the Homecoming match,” said senior Sara Olbright. “I thought we played really well. We know Alameda wasn’t our toughest competition of the season, but we didn’t want to play down to them. So we treated it like our hardest match of the season.”Olbright put together some defensive masterpieces during the match, leading the team with six digs, many of which came on the perimeter and looked impossible.

“She wasn’t just getting them off the floor, she was making them playable,” said first-year head coach Gary Sorensen. “In our first few matches, she would tighten up, but now she doesn’t do that.” Overall, the girls showed a much better sense of patience during the match, taking advantage of Alameda’s mistakes in much the same way that Battle Mountain took advantage of Summit in the first match of the season.”They’re starting to look like a volleyball team,” Sorensen said. “There are still some things to work on, but until you win the world championship, there’s always room for improvement.”While Alameda was frought with inaccurate hitting plays that frequently went out of bounds, Summit held its poise and put together some of its best transition plays of the season.”We made some spectacular transitions,” Sorensen said. “I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing. What it means is the effort we’re putting out is producing something so we’re willing to put out more effort. That’s the snowball sequence we want to see.”

The Tigers showed their dominance over the Pirates right from the beginning, opening the first game with 11 unanswered points. Their service game was again a strong point, as they went 17 points into the game before giving up a point on serve. By then, they were up 17-6.After Summit won the second game, the Pirates built their largest lead of the night by opening the third game 2-0. But the Tigers quickly shut Alameda down with an eight-point run capped by a beautiful kill from sophomore Anicia Santos, one of her team-high nine. Olbright and fellow senior Kendra Carlberg had five kills each, while Shea Dickey and Rachel Fridkis both had three. Annalise Hafliger chipped in on the defensive end with five digs. “We’re working a lot better as a team,” said Dickey. “And (Sorensen) is a good coach, so we’re learning a lot.”

Added Olbright, “We still have some things to work on, like being ready for anything and not letting the balls drop. But other than that, it’s coming together.” The Tigers, who moved into first place in the 4A Jeffco standings ahead of Ralston Valley with the win, head down to the Front Range to face D’Evelyn (5-5) on Tuesday before returning to Farmer’s Korner to take on Englewood (2-5) on Sept. 30. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.

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