Huskies sweep Summit in opener
Vail, CO Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER ” Summit High School volleyball coach Gary Sorensen’s prediction that his team would receive “a good lesson in volleyball” from Battle Mountain came true Thursday when the Huskies swept the Tigers at Farmer’s Korner.
Battle Mountain dispatched Summit, 25-16, 25-14, 25-18.
“We were actually in every game,” Sorensen said. “If we had more poise, I firmly believe we would have won a game or two. … A lot of the younger players were a basket case of nerves before the match.”
Thursday’s season opener for both teams started in typical August fashion with frequent miscommunication and lots of mis-hit balls.
Over time, however, both teams began to function more efficiently.
“We were still a bit rusty and slow in transition,” Battle Mountain coach Brian Doyon said. “But in the second game, we got into a rhythm and started playing our ball.”
“We picked up our momentum in the third game,” said Summit senior Chelsee Farrell, who led her team with 10 assists, four digs and an ace. “There were lots of good kills ” it showed everyone wants it and that they’re here to win.”
Summit had its best chance in the third game, after taking its biggest lead of the night at 8-3. It wasn’t long, though, before a host of Summit errors led to a 12-12 tie. Two big kills by Holman kept the score close for a while, but the visitors pulled away and exposed one of Summit’s weaknesses in the process.
“We need to work on communication,” Farrell said, referring to her team’s tendency to let balls fall through cracks. “It was an eye opener.”
It’s no wonder Summit had trouble stopping the Huskies, as Sorensen explained.
“We only installed the way we want to play defense yesterday,” he said. “There’s still some confusion about people’s responsibilities, but it will get fixed.”
Holman and Ariel Strickler led Summit with five digs apiece.
Offensively, Holman and Kim Baker each chipped in four kills with Julie Oberriter adding three.
Holman and Oberriter, two sophomores making their varsity debut, both started and played well for Sorensen.
Battle Mountain was led by the senior quartet of Kori Landauer, Devon Abbott, Alexa Corcoran and Jennifer Thul, who helped the Huskies get the season off on the right foot after winning it all last fall.
Doyon said his squad wasn’t feeling the pressure to repeat as champions.
“Every year is a different year,” he said. “I have some new athletes learning some new responsibilities. We’re not the pros, we don’t have the benefit of coming back with the same team.”
Battle Mountain (1-0) comes back over the pass for its home opener Tuesday against Fruita Monument.
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