At Reed, the Raiders took on a young Douglas squad that had to replace 11 seniors from a year ago and dominated to a three-game sweep 25-14, 25-14, 25-15.
“Douglas is a good team. They have good serves and have some people who can really attack the ball,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “I really didn’t know what to expect when playing them. Granted they did lose quite a few seniors. That coach trains them very well, so I always expect a tough match with them.”
In Game 1, neither team enjoyed more than a one-point lead until Reed went up by a score of 7-5, following three straight points. The Raiders weren’t done though.
Reed’s 7-0 rally, capped when McKinley Chesley lowered the boom on a kill, handed the home team an 11-5 edge and forced Douglas to use its first timeout.
The Blue and Gold kept rolling.
The first of three aces by Katy Fitzpatrick made it a 16-7 lead. Mistakes by the Tigers increased the gap to over double digits for the first time to 18-7. And a kill by Moriah Maluotoga gave Reed its largest lead of the game, 13 points, at 21-8.
Some bad passing allowed Douglas to cut the deficit to under double digits temporarily, 23-14. But Reed closed out the first game with the 11-point win when a Douglas player’s spike went wide.
Game 2 stayed close early on also.
Reed enjoyed an 8-6 advantage and then all of a sudden it was 14-6.
The Raiders earned a sideout. Back-to-back unreturnable serves by Fitzpatrick, an Olivia Emerson block and consecutive kills by Maluotoga led to the string of six unanswered points and a 14-6 lead.
“I thought we served really well. We were able to go on some runs,” Flagtvedt said. “I was giving them spots and they were able to hit it consistently. We were able to move our serves around, which I think kept them on their toes.”
A Douglas timeout stopped the bleeding, but then the Raiders answered with five straight points for a 19-7 score.
For the second straight game, the Raiders owned a game-high 13-point lead at 21-8. Also for the second straight time, Reed won the game by 11 points.
Douglas jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the third game, its largest lead of the match.
However, the Tigers couldn’t hold on to that cushion. The Raiders scored five consecutive points and never trailed again.
The two teams were deadlocked four different times during a span of eight straight sideouts — the last tie being at 10-10.
The RHS spikers jumped ahead 15-10 before the Tigers called a timeout to stall the momentum, but Douglas couldn’t get closer than a 15-12 deficit the rest of the way.
Reed didn’t look like it would secure another 25-14 triumph, but it sure tried. Leading 18-14 and needing a 7-0 spurt to pull of that feat, the Raiders rallied for five consecutive points before a lift call handed the ball over to the Tigers. That was the only point the visitors scored out of the game’s last eight as Reed ended the match with their third double-digit victory.
Chesley and Maluotoga both paced Reed’s offense with eight kills. Micayla Huff handed out 19 assists.
Reed (7-4, 1-0 in Northern 4A) is on the road Thursday at Carson for a 6 p.m. crossover league contest.
•At Spanish Springs, the Cougars also pulled off a three-game sweep, taking down Wooster 25-12, 25-19, 25-9.
“The first and third game was good. I thought we really lost our focus in the second game,” SSHS volleyball coach Frank Sandomenico said. “The second game we just kind of lost interest. It was really disappointing how we played. We picked it back up in the third. I thought we served really well. I was happy with that. We have a week off before we play again.”
Sandomenico said Melly Munley’s serve was awesome against the Colts. Munley led the Cougars with five aces. She and Rachel Loadholt led the team with nine kills apiece. Lyndsey Anderson turned in a strong performance, finishing with 20 assists, six kills and two aces.
Sandomenico said the team will work on communication during the next week of practice, a disappointing weakness with the squad considering the entire team is back from last year.
Spanish Springs (13-4, 1-0) will host cross-town rival Reed Tuesday at 6 p.m.
•Sparks was also in action Tuesday night, but had to travel to Pershing County to face Lovelock in non-league action.
But the Railroaders couldn’t come away with the outcome they were looking for, falling in three games 25-16, 25-16, 25-8.
“Lovelock has a competitive team every year,” Sparks volleyball coach Tarina Elliott said. “I knew it was going to be tough. I was hoping the scores would be a little bit closer. The girls were having a hard time tonight. I don’t know if it was from the holiday or what. They weren’t playing their game, and it really hurt them.”
Sparks didn’t have much in the stat columns. Krystal Parker had a team-high three kills and Emma Clune added four blocks.
The Railroaders, who lost to Portola by two points in each game during a tournament, welcomes Portola to town tonight and Elliott is confident the team can exact some revenge. The non-league match starts at 6 p.m.