Skyridge earns first Region 7 win in prep volleyballBy Brian Preece
For the Deseret News
OREM — After dropping a tough five-set match to Corner Canyon Tuesday, the Falcons responded with a three-game sweep against the Orem Tigers in prep volleyball Thursday night.Skyridge was in total control winning the match 25-19, 25-11, 25-17. It was exactly the type of rebound performance Falcon head coach Deanna Meyer was desiring.
"I thought we did a much better job keeping up our intensity," said Meyer when comparing the Orem match with the Corner Canyon match. "In the Corner Canyon match, we played great the first two sets but then we lost our focus. But tonight we kept things at a higher level throughout and did not let our intensity drop."
The Falcons had 27 kills, 45 digs and nine service aces in the match. Alice Ellsworth led the way with six kills for Skyridge. She also added two blocks and hit .667 for the match.
Setter Kaitlyn Standifird had a stellar night as well with 22 assists, five digs and two aces. She also had 10 points from the service line.
What excites Meyer is that Ellsworth and Standifird are just sophomores. In fact, in parts of the match the Falcons played four sophomores.
One fun aspect of the match was the crowd. Orem had a large group of football players in attendance and they squared off with the Skyridge junior varsity and sophomore squads in a spirited cheer-off. Things got particularly boisterous during a long delay in the match due to a substitution issue.
"The crowd was seriously insane," Meyer said.
The Falcon head coach credited one of her sidelined varsity players for adding to the fun.
"Our injured libero Kaitlyn Johnson basically told me she didn't want to take stats anymore as she needed to show the younger players how to make some noise," Meyer related.
With the win, the Falcons moved to 8-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 7 action. Meanwhile, Orem dropped to 0-1 in league play and 1-4 overall. Skyridge will next host Timpview while Orem visits Alta. Both games will be Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Brian Preece is a freelance prep sportswriter. Preece was also the head wrestling coach at Provo High School from 1994-2006 and in 2006 was named as the Utah Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.