Volleyball regular season ends on high note
The Summit High School volleyball team put a lid on its wildly successful regular season with a 15-5, 15-9 win at Denver Christian on Friday. The Tigers lost only one game all year – when they were without senior Ashley Reavis – finishing 18-1 overall and sweeping their nine Class 4A Jefferson County League matches.
“I knew I had a pretty good team,” said second-year Summit coach Tim Andrulaitis. “I just didn’t know how good.”
Summit will get a chance to see exactly where it stands during the upcoming playoff run. The Tigers earned the right to host Saturday’s District 1 Tournament, and they have aspirations of returning to the state tournament for the second time in three years.
“I know my girls are overconfident,” Andrulaitis said. “They want to play good teams, but they have to be able to play at a certain level all the time. It’s hard to turn that off and on.”
Summit was able to step up to the few teams that did challenge it this season. It beat second- and third-place teams Ralston Valley and Evergreen in two games, and pulled out both of its three-game matches.
“They knew this league was a lot tougher than the previous league,” Andrulaitis said. “And I think it was a good thing, because they didn’t know what to expect so they came out to play hard.
“I hope they’ll be able to do that in districts.”
The highlight of Summit’s week of preparation will be Wednesday’s scrimmage against Class 3A Middle Park. The Panthers, of Granby, are 16-2 overall and won the Metro League with a 10-0 record. Also, they have played a few of the teams Summit might face in the later rounds of the playoffs.
Eight teams will come to Summit for the district tournament. Three will advance to regionals. The No. 1-seeded Tigers play their first match at 9 a.m.
Aurora Ebert-Santos missed Friday’s win because of a college recruiting trip. Emily Cardamon started at outside hitter in her absence.
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