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Steamboat Springs volleyball beats Summit

Bryce Evans/Summit Daily News

— Neither Summit nor Steamboat Springs would have said Saturday’s match at Summit High School was played under optimum conditions.

The Tigers, after not having a match for eight straight days, were playing for the second time in less than 15 hours, while Steamboat had the distraction of playing only hours before its homecoming dance.

Regardless, neither coach was disappointed by their team’s play. And Steamboat head coach Wendy Hall certainly wasn’t down about her Sailors’ 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 win.

“I was a little worried about our focus today,” Hall said. “It was a little shaky at times, but I was pleased. They came here to play volleyball.”

The Tigers, matched up against a squad with 10 seniors and quite a bit of height, hung tough in each game, rallying in both the second and third to nearly take both games.

“I think they played really well, no excuses,” Summit coach Liz Hughes said. “I’m not at all disappointed with the way they played. … They played together and lost together.”

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Summit junior Dustee Faxon led the Tigers with seven kills on the day, and senior Julie Oberriter led with eight digs.

The Sailors were in control for much of Game 1, and when senior Colleen King drilled a shot into a hole in the Summit defense, Steamboat had a 16-12 lead.

Senior Devin Wilkinson had a key block late in the game, and the Sailors took the first game decisively.

The early stages of Game 2 weren’t much different, as sophomore Maggie Stanford served for six straight points to give Steamboat an 18-9 lead.

Summit rallied late, though. An ace by Oberriter and a well-placed touch shot by junior Malory Donahue cut the lead to 22-17. The Tigers would get as close at 20-24 before the Sailors closed it out for a two-game lead.

The Tigers continued their momentum in Game 3, jumping out to an early 5-1 lead behind key shots from Faxon and junior Katie Johnson.

Then, Stanford served the Sailors back on top. The Steamboat sophomore helped her team to a 7-0 run to take the lead at 8-5.

Steamboat extended its lead midway through, and despite another late rally by Summit, the Sailors held on for the win.

“They definitely have a good front line, bigger than most teams we play,” Hall said about the Tigers. “We had to be paying attention, and we had to play well.”

Despite not getting the outcome she wanted, Hughes said her team played well.

“It comes down to inexperience. … For what they’re up against, they’re doing really well,” Hughes said of her team. “I’m proud of them for playing as tough as they did.”

The Sailors next host Moffat County High School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

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