“We really wanted to go into this game working on our spots and our consistency,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “I thought we did a good job with that. One thing that I would like to see is just a little bit more action with our hitters. Unfortunately, I don’t think we had the consistency there that we needed. Overall though, I think that they played pretty consistent all the way through tonight.”
After exchanging points on the way to a 3-3 tie to open Game 1, Reed unleashed a 13-1 run that gave it a 16-4 lead and put it in the driver’s seat of the first game. The Raiders then closed out the game with another impressive run, this time an 8-3 rally to take the game 25-11.
The second game saw even more dominance from the Raiders as they cruised to their second victory, aided by multiple errors by Hug.
Reed jumped on the Hawks fast, taking a double-digit lead at 14-4 before Hug took a timeout in an attempt to slow the Raiders. Reed would not slow down though, coming out of the break with an 8-2 rally on its way to the 25-8 Game 2 victory. The Raiders did not allow Hug to string together a streak of more than two points in the game, earning a sideout immediately after each Hawk point.
Game 3 saw a similar performance from both sides, with the Raiders taking a stronghold on the game with a run to start the set and the Hawks assisting them along the way with costly mistakes. Reed pounced on the Hawks quickly in the third game, taking a 13-2 lead that was closed out with the Raiders scoring eight unanswered points. From that point on, the closest the Hawks would get was a nine-point disadvantage at 21-12. Reed then put away the game and the match sweep with four straight points.
The Raiders saw a strong team performance in the game, with the team high in kills sitting at just three. Micayla Huff served up four aces to go along with six assists, while Taylor Whitehead added three aces. Taylor Stefan led the team in assists, handing out 13.
“We are just still looking to build and improve,“ Flagtvedt said. “There’s still so much left in the season. We want to be able to improve each and every game and hopefully play a little bit stronger against the teams that beat us the first time around. That’s what we are looking for moving forward, obviously with the main goal of making it into regionals.”
Reed (12-6 overall, 5-2 league) will look to stay on its hot streak when it visits Bishop Manogue Thursday.