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2013 All-Area Volleyball Coach of the Year: Carla Reeves, Firth

Firth head coach Carla Reeves runs a practice drill with senior middle blocker Kayla Jensen on Tuesday at Firth High School. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

Firth head coach Carla Reeves runs a practice drill with senior middle blocker Kayla Jensen in October at Firth High School. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

The Cougars received plenty of attention after taking second at the 2012 2A state tournament despite having no player with previous state tournament experience. With all but two girls returning from that runner-up team, Firth was the preseason favorite to win the 2013 state title.

Not only did they deliver on that prediction, coach Carla Reeves’ Cougars made plenty of statements along the way, including:

-Placing fourth at a loaded Skyline Classic Tournament as the only 2A team in the 18-team field, defeating 5A and 4A powers Madison, Bishop Kelly and Boise in the process.
-Going undefeated in Nuclear Conference action for the second year in a row and repeating as 2A District 6 champions.
-Dropping just one set during the two-day 2A state tournament, ultimately sweeping Malad in three sets to win Firth’s first state volleyball championship since 2004 and the third in program history to wrap up the year 29-5.

Having advanced to the title game in 2012, the Cougars knew they could do it again and finish the job.

“I had a hard time even seeing the trophy because (senior setter) Jordyn Park clutched it to her chest,” Reeves said. “It meant a lot to them. They knew what it would take being there last year.”

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