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Reed spikers sweep away Hug
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed libero Sarah Tiner settles under the volleyball for a dig during the Raiders' HDL win at Hug Thursday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed libero Sarah Tiner settles under the volleyball for a dig during the Raiders' HDL win at Hug Thursday.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - RHS junior setter Cassy Walsh gets off a set as Raiders teammate Maddie Funk (14) follows the action.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - RHS junior setter Cassy Walsh gets off a set as Raiders teammate Maddie Funk (14) follows the action.
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The Reed volleyball team did what it should have Thursday night, picking up a High Desert League road sweep over a struggling Hug squad, 25-16, 25-17, 25-21.

The Raiders won their third-straight match and improved to 13-8 overall and 7-5 in conference clashes.

Despite the win, Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt felt her team did not play its best volleyball.

"I don't think we played as well as I would've liked," Flagtvedt said. "I think Hug has a couple good hitters but we should've been able to play a little bit cleaner. I thought we made a lot of mistakes that we haven't made recently. We had a lot missed serves and hitting errors. We just didn't play clean."

Reed still had a few players but put up solid stat nights in the sweep-shortened victory. Moriah Maluotoga pounded 10 kills, lifted nine digs, put down a pair of blocks and turned in an ace. Maddie Funk chipped in nine kills toward the winning cause while Emilie Braun added six. RHS setter Cassy Walsh dished out 23 assists.

Flagtvedt said this week's fall break from classes has affected many teams differently, which probably hasn't led to the most disciplined execution on the court for local teams. But she was quick to say it's no excuse for lackluster play.

"It's a little bit different not being in school," Flagtvedt said. "A lot of the girls probably felt like this was more of a Saturday game than a Thursday. I know a lot of them are relaxing during the day and maybe not doing a whole lot. That factors into it but we're all in the same boat, so we can't use that as any excuse."

Reed has four league matches remaining before the fast-approaching North Region Tournament. The Raiders still have Damonte Ranch, McQueen, North Valleys and Spanish Springs remaining on their schedule. All but Damonte are HDL foes, meaning it will be the second go-round between the schools in the upcoming matches.

"Over the next couple weeks, we must focus on playing our best volleyball," Flagtvedt said. "Hopefully, we peak at the right time. I just want to see us continue to grow as a team and get better so we can get where we need to be in about three weeks.

"I think it's good that we get to play these good teams late in our schedule. We'll see them, and then hopefully, we'll see them again a week or two later in the playoffs. These matches will show us what we need to fix. The girls are pumped up. They want to play the best teams and this will help us."

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