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Prep Volleyball: Skyridge sweeps Park City in 'Clash of the Clans'

LEHI — Skyridge swept Park City to win the first annual "Clash of the Clans," which will feature a traveling trophy between the two volleyball programs.

Skyridge head volleyball coach Deanna Meyer and her Park City counterpart, Matt Carlson, are good friends, fixtures in both the high school and club volleyball scene. The two wanted to start a rivalry featuring a traveling trophy.

"I like to establish traditions, and coach Carlson and I are colleagues and we've coached against each other and with each other," Meyer said. "We thought it would be good for both programs to start this tradition. Volleyball brings people together, and we want to show that we can be competitors and also be friends."

This year the Falcons were the victors, 25-14, 25-23, 25-16.

Serving was a big factor that propelled the Falcons to victory. Kaitlyn Standifird had nine service points in the first set alone. Defensive specialist Reagan Calton had three aces, while Tylee Fuller had four dig conversions.

Standifird did double duty as both a setter and a pin hitter. Standifird had 12 sets and nine kills, while fellow setter Cici Hauver had 12 assists to pace Skyridge's offense. Brinley Watkins, Sherstin Pond and Kenadee Christensen all had five kills.

"Serving is something we really have emphasized this year. Last year it was our 'Achilles heel,' and in one match we had 22 errors, which cost us that match and we had another match with a similar scenario," related Meyer. "We want to make it hard on the other team, but we also want to perform under pressure."

Brian Preece is a freelance prep sportswriter. He was also the head wrestling coach at Provo High School from 1994-2006 and he was named as the Utah Coach of the Year for the 2006 season by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.