LEHI — The Skyridge volleyball team defeated Maple Mountain 25-16, 25-18, 25-18 on Tuesday, Oct. 17 night on Dig Pink Night, setting up a region showdown with Springville Thursday for the Region 8 title.

Both teams enter the match at Skyridge with 10-1 Region 8 marks.

Cici Hauver played a key role from her setter position in the win over Maple Mountain with 13 assists, but she also from the service line where she had three aces. She also served on over 20 of Skyridge's points won during the three-set match.

Kaitlin Standifird had 12 assists for the Falcons along with 11 digs and five kills. Sherstin Pond led the Skyridge attack with nine kills, while Brinley Watkins and Kenadee Christensen chipped in five each. Emile Rupp had 4.5 blocks including three solo.

"Cici (Hauver) served very well, and we blocked very good at the net. Emilee (Rupp) was very active," Skyridge coach Deanna Meyer said.

Maple Mountain got strong play from Paige Cullum, Haley Green and Lauren Conners.

The loss has virtually eliminated the Golden Eagles from playoff contention as they will have to upset Wasatch Thursday and hope that last-place Provo can tip Timpanogos to force a tie for fourth place in league.

Besides being a key region match for both programs, the event raised money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The officials got into the spirit of things wearing pink wristbands.

Before the match started, Falcon head coach Deanna Meyer got pledges from both Skyridge and Maple Mountain fans based on how many digs both programs came up with during the match. Skyridge had 42 team digs while Maple Mountain had 38 for a total of 80.

Meyer is hoping that more than $1,500 was raised during the match through the pledges and silent auction.

Brian Preece is a freelance sportswriter. He was also the head wrestling coach at 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.