McQueen jumped out to a quick 13-4 lead in Game 1, and eventually extended the lead to 23-12 before closing out the game 25-18.
Game 2 started off similar to the first game, with the Lancers using a five-point run to take an early 9-6 lead. A timeout taken by Reed stopped the bleeding temporarily, as the Raiders came out of the break with their own 15-5 run to take a 21-14 lead. The seven-point advantage was soon erased though, as McQueen scored 10 of the next 12 points in the game, regaining the lead at 24-23, ultimately winning the game 26-24.
“I just felt like we started a little flat in the first two games,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “I feel my team does better when they have high intensity and passion. We are a very loud bunch the majority of the time, and I think when we play with that emotion, that’s what helps us play better, and we were just too flat the first two games. It took us a while unfortunately to warm up.”
The Raiders did more than warm up though, as they caught fire the remainder of the match to storm back for the comeback victory, catapulted by a dominant 25-15 win in Game 3.
Reed’s momentum carried over into the fourth game, as the teams traded a number of sideouts until Reed had grabbed a 23-22 advantage. Raiders middle blocker Olivia Emerson then lowered the boom on a kill that put the game on the brink for Reed, which it closed out with an ace from Taylor Stefan.
With the crowd now on the edge of its seats, the Raiders wasted no time in Game 5, seizing a 10-2 lead. McQueen attempted to put together a rally, but Reed thwarted its effort. The RHS spikers closed out the game and completed the comeback when Meghan Rader sent a kill in between two diving Lancers to end the game at 15-8.
“One thing that I can say about this team is that this is a group that doesn’t quit,” Flagtvedt said. “Not just this game, but other games as well. They always continue to play hard and not give up, and that is something that they were able to do tonight. Even though they were down two games, they still played every single point to try and get the win.”
The Raiders were led in kills by both Emerson and Rader, who had 11 each, while McKinley Chesley added 10 kills. Moriah Maluotoga had 25 digs, while Stefan gave out 27 assists.
Reed (11-6 overall, 4-2 in league) will look to keep the momentum going when it plays at Hug Tuesday at 6 p.m.
•The Spanish Springs volleyball team remained atop the High Desert League standings with a sweep of North Valleys, winning three straight 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 Thursday evening.
“I thought we played just really inconsistent to start off that first game,” Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said. “It was a little frustrating. We got better as the match went on though and we had some girls come off the bench and do a nice job for us. That was really encouraging.”
The Cougars were led to the sweep by Lyndsey Anderson, who handed out 26 assists, while adding five kills and four digs. Gabby Szachara also contributed seven kills and two blocks. Hannah Meadows chipped in three aces, three digs, and eight assists for the Cougars.
Spanish Springs (16-5 overall, 4-1 in league) will now host Reno in a first place showdown Tuesday at 6 p.m.