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Summit tops Steamboat in league volleyball match

— The Summit Tigers volleyball team is starting to find its footing in the Western Slope League.

A couple of weeks after dropping a volleyball match to Steamboat in straight sets, the Tigers dominated the Sailors on Saturday in Frisco. The Tigers won, 29-27, 25-13, 24-26 and 25-15. The win improved Summit to 3-5 in league matches.

“These girls are stoked,” Summit coach Liz Waddick said. “The first time we played, we didn’t dig or pass very well. Today, we did, and our offense was much better. The girls are starting to get it.”

Conversely, Steamboat coach Wendy Hall fears her team may have played itself into a hole that will be hard to get out of in time to make the postseason. Hall said that under the new format, only three teams from the Western Slope League are likely to make the playoffs. The Sailors are 7-8 overall and 3-5 in league matches.

“The bottom line is Summit has gotten better, and we haven’t,” Hall said.

Steamboat was short-handed Saturday. Injuries to libero Alexis Len and outside hitter Gabby Heron and a lack of depth at right side hitter have forced several freshmen and sophomores into action. At one point Saturday, Steamboat had four players on the court — sophomores Shannon Ross and Carolyn Walters and freshmen Maddie Labor and Maritza Wiedel — who began the season on the JV roster.

“I know we are depleted physically,” Hall said. “But we still had the personnel to win. I’m not disappointed at all with how our young players played. If anything, they need more leadership from the older players.”

Summit was led by junior hitter Kates Raymond, who had 13 kills, and senior middle Sara Metzger, who had 11. Freshman Lexi Zangari added 10 kills for Summit.

Steamboat senior Alex Feeley had 16 kills and had a hand in four blocks. Junior Maggie Crouch had eight kills and three blocks, and junior Mikaila Jegtvig had six kills and six blocks.

Statistically, Ross and Labor had their best games as varsity players. Ross finished with six kills and contributed on five blocks. Labor had seven kills, including one to win the third set, 26-24.

“That was a big-time play at a big-time moment by a freshman,” Hall said about Labor’s kill. “We just need to start having big moments from Point One instead of falling behind and then trying to scramble at the end.”

The Sailors now trail Glenwood Springs, Palisade and Delta and are tied with Summit in the league standings. The Sailors’ playoff push begins next weekend, when they travel south for matches with Palisade and Delta.

“We don’t need to worry about November" when regional tournaments start, Hall said. “We need to focus on Friday.”