Summit takes second at District
Summit Academy’s most successful volleyball season ever ended a little sooner than they would have liked as they finished second in the 1-A Division 2 District Tournament at Nezperce.
Summit won a loser-out match against Highland 25-14, 25-11, 25-16 and then lost a thrilling 5-set match to Nezperce 20-25, 25-16, 27-25, 14-25, 14-16.
Against Highland, an upset winner over Timberline earlier in District action, the Patriots had little trouble winning in 3 games with several subs seeing action in the match.
Savanah Prigge and Kayla Schumacher led the team in kills, which includes blocks, with 10 and 7 respectively.
Kayla also led in serving with 15 points on 19 serves including 5 aces. Prigge added 9 service points. Nicole Wemhoff was 6 for 6 from the service line including 2 aces. 
Assist leader was Brooke Schumacher with 15.
In the second game sub Megan Seubert had a good run at the service line with 7 straight scoring serves to end that game.
In the championship match against Nezperce, Summit needed to win to force a winner-take-all match but Nezperce was able to edge Summit in the decisive 5th game despite the Patriots holding a 13-9 lead at one point.
Nezperce won the opening game but Summit bounced back to take the next two with Prigge having a monster game in the third with 9 of her 19 kills for the match.
That left Summit needing to win just one of the final two games. Nezperce dominated game 4 as they won going away by 11.
In the final game Summit took the above-mentioned 13-9 lead when Nezperce subbed in a little used underclassman at the service line who served the Indians right back into the game, tying it at 13 before Summit scored the sideout to get to match point. Nezperce tied it again on the next point and then scored the next 2 to win the match and a trip to State.
Kayla Schumacher added 16 kills in the match while Brooke Schumacher had 14 assists with Nicole Frei adding 6 assists.
Dig leaders were Wemhoff with 9 with Nicole Frei scoring 8, Kayla Schumacher 7 and Prigge 4.
Prigge had 10 service points with 2 aces and was a perfect 16 for 16 from the line. Kayla Schumacher had 13 scoring serves and was 19 for 20. Rachael Frei was 10 for 10 from the line with 5 scoring serves. Sub Megan Rehder was a perfect 16 for 16 with 8 scoring serves and 4 aces. Wemhoff was 11 for 13 with 6 scoring serves and 2 aces.
Summit finished their first ever winning season at 12-11. They were 2-1 in division 2 league play and 6-4 in overall league play.
With only 2 of the 3 seniors starting regularly this year, Summit is looking forward to next year in an expanded Division II league as Kendrick and Deary will be dropping into that division.
Nicole Frei hits the ball over against Nezperce as Savanah Prigge and Rachael Frei watch. Photo by Steve Wherry.
The celebration turned out to be a bit premature as the Patriots celebrated a 13-9 lead in the fifth game as Nezperce called a timeout. Photo by Steve Wherry.

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