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Raiders, Cougars collect sweeps
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed High middle blocker McKinley Chesley (1) jumps up for a block at the net during Thursday night’s non-league home win against South Tahoe. Chesley had 13 kills.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed High middle blocker McKinley Chesley (1) jumps up for a block at the net during Thursday night’s non-league home win against South Tahoe. Chesley had 13 kills.
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The Reed Raiders got an improved performance Thursday night and captured a 25-17, 25-12, 25-16 non-league home win over South Tahoe in prep volleyball action.

The sweep comes two days after Reed was saddled with a five-game loss in an inconsistent showing against Yerington Tuesday.

“I was really happy with the way we looked tonight,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “On Tuesday, we weren’t attacking the ball, but we were aggressive tonight in everything we did and that makes a big difference. In our serving, we didn’t miss as many serves and that showed in our number of aces as well.”

Reed had 14 aces in the easy win, led by the five served up by Taylor Stefan.

RHS sophomore Moriah Maluotoga had a well-rounded night, finishing with eight kills seven digs. McKinley Chesley pounded a match-high 13 kills. Katy Fitzpatrick and Taylor Whitehead lifted nine and eight digs respectively while both chipped in a pair of aces.

Mackayla Huff gave away 24 assists in the Raiders’ triumph.

Reed (6-4) gets the long Labor Day weekend off before returning to the court for a Tuesday home match against Douglas at 6 p.m. The contest will be the league opener for both schools.

“I’m happy with the movement we made. We made some adjustments that we didn’t make Tuesday,” Flagtvedt said. “That’s helping us get in better position to start conference play next week.”

•At Truckee, Spanish Springs improved to 6-1 on the young season by downing perennial 3A power Truckee 32-30, 25-17, 25-17 Thursday night.

SSHS coach Frank Sandomenico said his club looked sharper than Truckee in a match he expected to be tight.

“The match was kind of stacked to our side since we played so much last weekend,” Sandomenico said, alluding to his team’s season-opening preseason tournament in Las Vegas last weekend. “This was their first match. It was to our advantage that we got the rust off and they had not gotten a chance to do that.”

Cougars junior setter Lyndsey Anderson dished out 23 assists while pounding five kills and getting up three digs and three aces.

She got plenty of help on the offensive side. SSHS teammates Gabby Szachara, Melly Munley and Rachel Loadholt contributed 10, 9 and six kills to the winning effort.

“We really mixed up our offense and got everybody involved,” Sandomenico said. “We played good defense in the second and third games. We did a good job of getting our hands up.”

Spanish Springs will play in the Galena tournament today and Saturday. It opens the event against Nevada Union of Grass Valley, Calif. at 4 p.m. That tourney tilt will be played at Manogue.

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