As a result, Reed was swept aside by Reno and Spanish Springs downed North Valleys in four games.
•The Raiders waited a little too long to play their game Tuesday night at Reno High before falling in straight sets to the Huskies 25-14, 25-22, 31-29.
Reed fought off match point four times and even got its own set point twice, before eventually losing the set and the match to drop to 7-4, 1-2 in the HDL.
“(It was) exciting for the fact that they are not giving up,” coach Kris Flagtvedt said of her team’s third set fight. “(It was) frustrating that, ‘why couldn’t they have done that in the very beginning? Why did they wait two and a half games to show up?’”
Flagtvedt has preached throughout the opening portion of the season that her team needs to play clean on its side of the net. It did not do that Tuesday night.
“I don’t know,” Flagtvedt said. “It’s hard.
“We just have to clean up our side of the court. There are moments we look good and there’s moments we can’t string together a pass, set and a hit. And until we can start cutting down on our errors, it’s going to be a tougher time for us.”
One game removed from a career outing, Emilie Braun turned in 13 kills and 15 digs. Mo Maluotoga threw in 14 kills and 13 digs of her own.
But the real star of the night was Reno’s Morgan McGwire. The tall and athletic Husky finished with 17 kills and four aces. The majority of her kills came at crucial moments, including the match winner.
“For how tall she is, I think she moves very well back row,” Flagtvedt said. “She’s a great player.”
McGwire, a senior, has given a verbal commitment to take her talents to the West Coast Conference next year to play basketball at Santa Clara University.
The final score was no depiction but Tuesday night marked the first time this season Reed was at full strength. After missing the first 10 games of the season with mononucleosis (mono), Maddie Funk was healthy enough to play, and start.
Funk finished with six kills, three blocks, two assists and a dig.
“I know she is probably a little bit tired because her stamina is not quite there yet but I really enjoyed her energy on the court,” Flagtvedt said. “I think that once she gets a few more games, that we will see some improvement in her.”
Annie Braun handed out 19 assists and Kelsey Donahoe finished with 12 digs, including a couple highlight-worthy efforts in the Raiders’ third-set rally.
The Raiders will attempt to even their HDL record Thursday, at home, against Hug.
•Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico gave his team the weekend off for some much-needed rest. His team was wide-eyed Tuesday night in a 3-1 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 25-13 High Desert League win.
The Cougars improved to 13-4, 4-0 in the HDL.
Gabby Szachara was a force in the middle, amassing 16 kills and five blocks.
"She dominated," Sandomenico said. "Once she gets on a roll, she's tough to stop."
It wasn't all smooth sailing for Sandomenico's squad though. North Valleys opened the first set on a 5-0 flurry before Sandomenico inserted Kelsie Merritt who "provided good energy," sparking the ensuing 25-7 run to finish the set.
Sandomenico said his team "totally lost focus" in the dropped third set before routing North Valleys in the fourth game.
"We are a unique team," Sandomenico said. "We have enough talent to beat anyone in the North but at the same time, we're not good enough to just show up and beat people. We feel like we control our own destiny."
Hannah Meadows turned in another all-around solid performance, finishing with 23 assists, 10 digs, six aces and four digs. Bayley Broadwater's 18 digs led the team.
The Cougars head to the west side of town Thursday to defend their undefeated HDL record against Reno.