The visiting 4A Reed team had been hurt by the soft offensive tips of Spanish Springs in a cross-town rivalry match two days earlier and Dayton used the same strategy. RHS coach Kristen Flagtvedt said the Dust Devils used a handful of tips to capture a Game 2 win, but was pleased her team made adjustments as the match wore on.
“They tipped a little bit more on us and we didn’t adjust early like we should have. We were out of position,” Flagtvedt said. “But we were better in the third and fourth games. We just need to focus on tips in practice and read opposing hitters a little bit better.”
The Raiders coach liked getting in an extra match against a competitive opponent.
“It’s nice to play different faces, but good competition as well,” Flagtvedt said. “Dayton has some pretty strong middles. They have some good blockers and good outsides, who hit the ball. We played them last year and they had a solid team. We needed and extra match so we both wanted to do it.”
Reed had three girls with 12 kills in the match — Meghan Rader, Olivia Emerson and Moriah Maluotoga. Sierra Hooft chipped in 10 kills for the RHS spikers. Maluotoga and Katie Fitzpatrick both lifted 17 digs. Taylor Whitehead served up two aces for Reed and McKinley Chesley put down two blocks.
Reed (15-7, 7-3) is back in action Tuesday when it goes to Galena for a Northern 4A crossover league match, set to start at 6 p.m.