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Reed spikers stumble at McQueen; Spanish Springs spanks Hug
by Tribune Staff
Sep 26, 2013 | 1293 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A solid start didn't carry over to a win for the Reed volleyball team Thursday night. The Raiders downed McQueen 25-20 in Game 1 but then dropped the next three games, 25-18, 25-17 and 25-16, en route to getting saddled with the High Desert League loss.

"I thought we definitely started strong in that first game, and when the second game started, I thought McQueen came out ready to fight," Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. "After that first game, I felt really that McQueen went on a good streak. Their middles were hitting well, around our block. I felt they just played better than us the last three sets of the match."

Moriah Maluotoga and Emilie Braun both put down 12 kills for Reed in defeat. Maddie Funk chipped in 10 kills and three blocks for the RHS spikers, who also got 19 digs from Kelsey Donohoe and 27 assists from Annie Braun.

"We could've been better," Flagtvedt said. "We didn't make the adjustments we needed to and McQueen did ... McQueen played smart. They were always one step ahead of us while we were trying to play catch up."

Reed (8-5, 3-3) hits the court again for a High Desert League home match Tuesday against North Valleys.

At Hug, defending state champion Spanish Springs dismantled a struggling Hug squad, burying the Hawks, 25-14, 25-6, 25-9.

The victory helped Spanish Springs lift its record to 15-5 overall and 6-1 in league tilts.

Stellar stat lines were not to been seen in the short match. Brandi Brucato had five aces and five digs for the SSHS gang. Kate Castro led the Cougs with six kills. Tayler Lodge finished with seven digs and five kills while Tori Chelini contributed four assists and five kills.

"We definitely served well and that helped us a lot," said Spanish Springs assistant coach Brandon Leach. "Hug couldn't get into its offense and it was easier for us to get into our offense at that point. We definitely started a little slow but the girls picked it up and realized this was still a league game, one they needed to go out and try to win."

Spanish Springs hosts McQueen Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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