Lady Patriots lose twice in 5 games
Summit volleyballers continue to provide their competition all they can handle, but again last week saw their chances for a match victory disappear in a tense and final 15-point fifth game.  Playing the Kendrick Tigers last Tuesday at Highland, Summit jayvees lost their first game 13-25, but came back in the second to record a 25-18 win for a split for the evening.  With a shortage of players on both sides, the third tie-breaker game was dropped, and the two teams went immediately into the varsity match.
Kendrick drew first blood, taking the first game 25-15, but then dropped the next two to the Patriots 25-21 and 25-20.  Game four went the Tiger way however, with Kendrick ending up on the long end of a 17-25 score, then won the tie-breaker 13-15, again denying the Patriots their first win of the season.
Traveling to CV Thursday proved to be more of the same, as the local jayvees dropped both of their matches to the young Rams, 25-11, and 25-16.
In the varsity match which followed, CV took the first round 25-17, then fell behind 1-2 as Summit took the second and third games 25-20 and 25-23.  The fourth went CV way again, Summit dropping a tense 22-25 contest, then fell once again in the tie-breaker 13-15.  The five game match loss was the fifth time the young Patriots have pushed their opponents into a fifth game, and then proceeded for the fifth time the young Patriots have pushed their opponents into a fifth game, and then proceeded for the fifth time to drop the tie-breaking game at the end.
Upcoming matches for Summit include Culdesac away this Thursday, Nezperce there next Tuesday, and Lapwai away next Thursday.

Summit Jr. High Girls split games
Summit Patriot girls split their pair of games last week, losing a heartbreaker to Grangeville Middle School 26 to 23 after roaring out to a eight point lead, 20-14 with one minute left in the 3rd Q.  The fourth proved to be a disaster, as the Bulldog girls suddenly got the hot hand, and connected on a free throw and six two-pointers in the final quarter to pull ahead of the Patriots, thus handing the local girls their first loss of the season.
Thursday evening at CV, the Patriots got back on track, handing the host 8th graders a 22-16 loss, breaking away in the second half from a tight defensive battle in the first, with Summit leading 8-5.  Summitís 6th/7th team dropped their two contests last week, falling 21 to 18 to Grangeville, then dropping their CV game 26-19.  In the Grangeville contest, the Patriots actually enjoyed a 14-13 edge at the three-quarter mark, but fell behind in the fourth, while the CV game was actually decided in the first quarter, as the local girls fell behind 8-2, while battling on an even basis the rest of the way.
During the current week, Summit travels to Kamiah Tuesday for their only game of the week.

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