High school sports

After winning three state championships from 2006-2008, the Catalina Foothills boys volleyball team has watched others take home the title in the last four years.

But this year's Falcons are primed for a return to glory.

Foothills is undefeated in regular-season games, led by the play of senior captain Matt Klewer, a 6-foot-5-inch do-it-all setter and three-year varsity player.

The Falcons (20-2) are currently riding a five-game winning streak as they host Mountain View at 6 p.m. tonight to open a tough final stretch of their season.

Four of the Falcons' last five matches are against top five teams in their section before the state tournament begins on May 4.

Here's a look at four things Klewer needs to continue doing if the Falcons want to make a run back to the state finals:


• The lowdown: Klewer leads the team in assists with a conversion rate of .418 (263 of 628). Falcons coach David Thistle first discovered Klewer's talents as a setter before his sophomore year in a club game.

• Quotable: "Matt has really turned himself into one of the top setters in Tucson, probably the state. It's a credit to the works he put in, becoming smarter at situational setting, reading blocks better and knowing who he needs to get involved and when." - Thistle


• The lowdown: Klewer might be first on the team at setting up others, but his ability to score makes Foothills much more of a threat. He is third on the team in kill percentage at 51.4 with just 10 errors.

Defenses have to be ready for him to get the ball back, not allowing them to be as aggressive in their blocks.

• Quotable: "I've really been working on my attacks to round out my skill set. Now that teams will be expecting that the second time around, I might have to change it up again." - Klewer


• The lowdown: Klewer leads the team with 36 aces thanks to a strong jump serve. He tried different styles but put the extra work in early this season to round out his serving with the aggressive attack.

• Quotable: "I expect some errors, but when he's on, he's on. He's capable of going on five to nine point runs." - Thistle


• The lowdown: Klewer's big frame makes blocks come somewhat easy. He's second on the team with 21.

Klewer also is third in digs with 42.

He credits playing back-row only rotations early in his career for his ability to handle balls closer to the ground.

• Quotable: "Defense has been huge for us. It's difficult to do well.

"We just try and focus on technique and be consistent.

"You can try and track the ball all day. "(But) it's easier just to focus on doing things the right way." - Klewer