OREM — Skyridge beat Timpanogos Thursday night in prep volleyball to clinch a 4A state playoff berth. With the win, the Falcons mathematically assured a state tournament appearance in the school's first year of existence.
The match didn't start out well for Skyridge as the homestanding Timberwolves won the first set 25-20, but the Falcons rallied to win the next three 25-16, 25-21 and 25-11.
"We didn't start out too well but we got better as the match progressed," said Skyridge head coach Deanna Meyer. "We need to improve our serving, but we had some nice digs."
In the fourth set, Skyridge dominated the action, and that was in part due to cleaning up its game from the service line. In the third game, Skyridge had nine service errors but still prevailed, but once that was reduced to just two, the Falcons were dominant to take the fourth game and close out the match.
Some other key aspects were the passing of libero Tylee Fuller, who passed an efficient 2.27 and also had 22 digs in the match. Defensive specialist Reagen Calton also added some quality defensive work and passing.
Mikayla Upham had 12 kills and three aces to pace the offense. Brinley Watkins added nine kills. Katie Standifird had 36 assists and Cici Hauver had two service aces.
With the win, Skyridge moves to 9-2 in Region 7 action and will play Mountain View in its home finale Tuesday, Oct. 18. Timpanogos falls to 1-10 in league play and will visit Provo, winless in league play, on Tuesday.
Brian Preece is a freelance prep sportswriter. He was also the head wrestling coach at Provo High School from 1994 to 2006. In 2006, Preece was named as the Utah Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.