The Raiders came out sluggish, allowing Reno to jump out to a quick 7-2 lead in Game 1, before calling a timeout to slow the pace. The first game then saw a number of point exchanges between the two teams as Reed battled back to within two, at 21-19, before the Huskies pulled away to take the game 25-21.
In game 2, Reed made sure not to start slowly again, scoring 10 unanswered points for an early 10-1 lead. Reno tried to get back into the second game, but the Raiders’ swift advantage proved too much as Reed took Game 2, 25-20.
Reno returned the favor in the third game, swarming the Raiders on its way to a 16-3 lead, propelled by a nine-point run to start the match. Reed did not do much to help its own cause, returning a number of hits out of bounds and making multiple bad passes.
“Unfortunately, Reno played smoother than we did,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “We made too many messy mistakes on our own part and that really hindered us. I thought we served tough, which was a good thing, but we just couldn’t string together our passing and our hitting consistently to be able to put the game away.
Game 4 was much closer throughout, with the teams trading runs and sideouts all the way to a 17-17 tie. Reno then took a timeout and regained its composure, returning to the court to score four straight points on its way to the 25-21 victory.
“We’re really going to work on cleaning up our own mistakes and making the adjustments to where the other team is and where they may be open,” Flagtvedt said.
The Raiders were led in kills by Moriah Maluotoga and McKinley Chesley, who had 13 and 10 respectively. Micayla Huff gave out 18 assists, along with Taylor Stefan who had 14. Katy Fitzpatrick added 18 digs.
Reed (2-2) will try to end its two-match skid when it hosts Wooster Tuesday at 6 p.m.