High school volleyball: Skyridge dominates Provo to open up Region 8 action
By Brian Preece
For the Deseret News
Published: Sept. 15, 2017
SCOREBOARD Skyridge 3 Provo 0
PROVO — Last week was extremely rough for the Skyridge volleyball team as it lost three starters.
Outside hitter Sherstin Pond injured her ankle in practice and in the first-round game of the gold bracket of the Wasatch Volleyball Festival Saturday, setters Cici Hauver and Kaitlin Standifird collided diving for the volleyball and both ended up getting concussions.
This forced Falcon head coach Deanna Meyer to rely on her bench and the reserves came through as Skyridge (1-0) easily defeated Provo (0-1) 25-9, 25-12, 25-8 Thursday night to open up Region 8 play.
"We had to go to our bench and the kids stepped up," said Meyer. "It was nice to see them play hard and play strong."
Meyer had to be concerned losing both her setters going into league play, but sophomore Kate Jensen was excellent quarterbacking both the offense and shining from the service line.
Jensen had 13 service points in the first set, including four aces. Jensen ended up with five aces in the match and was the server on 21 of Skyridge's points.
While Jensen was filling her role admirably, another sophomore had another huge game as Naomi Pulu led the Falcons with 12 kills. Junior Kenadee Christensen added five kills and senior Brinley Watkins had four.
With the match in hand, Meyer also found time for hitters Ellie Slater and Shaylee Cuff and Meyer was pleased with their play.
"I thought our bench players kept our level of play high," Meyer said.
Provo did have some bright spots, including the play of Emma Mercer, who had nine digs and was effective passing from her libero position.
Brian Preece is a freelance sportswriter. He was also the head wrestling coach from Provo High School from 1994-2006 and in 2006 Preece was named as the Utah Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.