“Obviously when you win in three, it’s a lot better because you’re not using up as much energy,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “The games get done a lot quicker. Just to be able to start strong and finish strong is a good thing and not give up a game.”
In Game 1, the two teams couldn’t break away from the other early on. An ace by Carson’s Julianna Anderson pushed the gap to two points for the first time in the match, 7-5. It also sparked a little run by the Senators, who took a 9-5 edge.
That was the high point of the first set for Carson. Reed answered with an 8-0 spurt and never trailed again. Moriah Maluotoga’s second ace during that run made it a 13-9 Raiders lead.
After the Senators recorded a sideout, Reed rallied for four more unanswered points, increasing its lead to a game-high 17-10 margin.
That’s when the CHS spikers woke up. Following a timeout, the Senators regained momentum, helped by back-to-back aces from Courtney Hack, which was part of a 4-0 rally.
The Senators proved resilient, closing the gap to 18-17 and 20-19. But Reed tallied five of the final six points, thanks in part to consecutive kills by Madi Funk, and the home team took the first set by five points.
In the second game, Carson was still within striking distance, trailing 7-5. Reed went ahead 10-5 after an Amber Harris ace and a block of an overpass.
A Funk kill increased the lead to eight points for the first time, 14-6. The Raiders would match that cushion three more times before two miss-hits by the Senators gave service back to the Blue and Gold and a game-high lead to that point, 19-10.
Another Harris ace later in the set padded the cushion to double digits for the first time, 23-13.
Both teams traded sideouts until Reed secured the 10-point victory.
The Senators jumped out to an early lead in Game 3, claiming a 7-3 advantage before watching the Raiders string together four straight points to tie the score.
Back-to-back kills by Maluotoga handed Reed a 9-8 edge, and the hosts built the gap up to four, 14-10.
Carson called a timeout, but a sideout was answered with two points from the Raiders for a 16-11 score.
Still, the Senators wouldn’t go away. Two blocks, an ace by Kammy Forest, a kill by Anderson and two miss-hits by Reed saw Carson regain the lead, 17-16. It was the Senators’ final advantage in the match.
The Raiders enjoyed a pair of three-point leads at 20-17 and 22-19. The last came on a booming slam by Maluotoga on an overpass and appeared to be the dagger in Carson’s coffin. However, the visitors were allowed to stay alive as three miss-hits in a row by the hosts knotted the game at 22-22.
But it was the Senators who finally gave the edge back. With the game tied at 23-23 and the Senators serving with control of the third set, a service error put Reed back on top, and that’s how it ended, when Emilie Braun recorded a pair of match-ending kills.
“I thought we played well. Defensively, I thought we did a good job and did a good job in serve receive,” Flagtvedt said. “We had some hitting miscues that I would like to see us clean up. Overall I thought we played consistent.”
Maluotoga paced the Raiders with 11 kills and three aces. Braun contributed eight kills, and Funk had seven. Taylor Stefan finished with 24 assists. Taylor Whitehead chipped in 13 digs and four aces.
Reed (21-7, 10-2) takes on Hug at home Thursday.
Spanish Springs def. Galena
The Cougars made even quicker work of their opponent Tuesday night, sweeping visiting Galena 25-14, 25-17, 25-12.
“We played a real clean game overall,” SSHS volleyball coach Frank Sandomenico said. “It was probably the best performance we’ve had all season. Everybody was on. I thought we just played a great all-around game.”
Melly Munley led the way with a big game, knocking down 18 kills and lifting up 10 digs.
Lyndsey Anderson handed out 25 assists to go with fives kills and five digs, while Rachel Loadholt added 10 kills and 10 digs.
Spanish Springs improved to 23-4 overall and 10-1 in league. The Cougars host Reno Thursday night.