Summit spikers top Battle Mountain in three
EAGLE-VAIL – The game score went down as Summit 3, Battle Mountain 0, Thursday night in Eagle-Vail.
But, as teams and fans are learning around the state, nothing is certain in rally play and the visiting Tigers had to overcome a 20-14 deficit in the third-and-deciding game to come away with a 25-15, 25-20, 30-28 nonconference win.
The Tigers, who won their first game of the season, know this lesson well after an 0-2 start against Faith Christian and Denver Christian.
“Our ability to stay consistent and in control and work our way back in it was great,” Tigers coach Darren Buckner said. “The other day, we were down 23-19 (to Denver Christian), and I just looked at the girls and said, “When you’re down that much at the end of the game, it’s hard to come back.’ Tonight, I thought they did a lot better at staying patient and kept plugging away and trying to earn those little runs of points.”
Down 20-14, Summit’s Julie Wallace got the block to start the Tigers’ run. She promptly went behind the line and served up five-straight points, including three aces, pulling the Tigers to within 20-19.
After kills by Battle Mountain’s Amy Oliver and Jenna Tjossem, the matter was knotted up at 22. Two kills by Emily Cardamon gave Summit its first lead at 24-23. The Huskies’ Nichole Lindroth responded with an ace, giving Battle Mountain its last lead at 25-24.
As the teams battle late into the evening, there were ties at 26, 27 and 28. Summit’s Emily Sandsmark’s kill gave the Tigers the lead for good and Wallace served out the final point.
“Cardamon, that was the best outside-hitting game she’s had all year long. She was really in a groove, taking good swings, good placement, a lot of power,” Buckner said. “Julie Wallace, our opposite player, she didn’t get a lot of swings, but she was running the strings of points serving. She was pretty tough on the end line staying focused, making sure that the serves are tough. Emily Baker, she had the best game of the season. She made really good choices, got the ball in the right spot so the hitters could commit and put the ball away.”
While Huskies coach Brian Doyon was pleased with the hustle and grit his squad showed in the third game, he was disappointed with the outcome.
“I thought all the girls played well,” he said. “It was unforced errors that got us in the first, two games. That cost us. That last game, a couple of errors got us at the end.
“We take away how we came out of it. I was disappointed with the way we started. The girls had a lot better volleyball in them. It’s tough. It was our home opener. They were under a lot of pressure to do well. There were a lot of nerves. The last game, they really played well.”
Summit (1-2) heads to Aspen Saturday at 4 p.m., while the Huskies open their 4A Slope schedule in Eagle-Vail at 3 p.m. vs. Palisade.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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