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Reed volleyball falls to Reno; Spanish Springs sweeps McQueen
by Damian Tromerhauser
Oct 13, 2011 | 1107 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed High’s Kelsey Donohoe goes down to a knee to get under a dig while RHS teammate Taylor Stefan looks on.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed High’s Kelsey Donohoe goes down to a knee to get under a dig while RHS teammate Taylor Stefan looks on.
The Reed volleyball team was unable to get back into the win column, dropping its second match in a row, losing to visiting Reno Thursday evening: 25-18, 11-25, 25-16, 25-22.

“It was a very interesting match,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “I felt like both Reno and us, we both kind of had highs and lows today. They definitely just had more highs than we did. They played more consistent than we did and that paid off for them.”

The match was a constant up and down of momentum swings for both sides, with each using large runs to put the other in a deep hole.

In Game 1, the Huskies swarmed Reed from the start. Reno scored the first eight points of the match on their way to a decisive 12-3 lead. The Raiders then put together a pair of their own runs, using 6-1 and 5-1 runs to bring the game to within three points at 17-14. A timeout taken by Reno brought the Raiders’ comeback to a stop. The Huskies scored the next four points to open a six-point lead before closing at the game with the final three points.

Game 2 saw the Raiders flip roles with Reno, as Reed jumped out to an 11-3 lead. The Huskies fought back to within 16-11, but Reed used a timeout to halt the Reno push, coming out of the break on fire and closing out the second game by scoring the final nine points.

Reed was unable to carry the momentum over to Game 3 as the teams traded sideouts to a 7-7 tie. The Huskies then strung together a 10-1 run to take control with a 17-8 lead. The Raiders tried to get back into the game, bringing the score to 19-13, but five unanswered points by Reno put Game 3 on the brink before the deciding point fell in the middle of Reed defenders on a tip shot by Reno.

Similar to the third game, Game 4 saw the two sides battle back and forth early on, to a 9-9 tie. Reno then used a number of small runs to open a 21-14 lead. The Raiders stormed back though, going on a 7-1 run that was sparked by a monster kill by McKinley Chesley that went flying off the forehead of a Huskies defender. That was the closest Reed would get. Reno scored three of the final four points to take the game and the match.

“We can be a very intense, emotional team,” Flagtvedt said. “The past couple of games, I haven’t really seen that from them. I feel like we have kind of lost our intensity. I feel that really our emotion is showing on the court, but not toward where we want it to go. We need to try and rebuild that and try to find something that works for us., that kind of gets them back the good intensity going into matches.”

Taylor Stefan led the Raiders with 22 assists, while Micayla Huff had 16 of her own. Sierra Hooft and Moriah Maluotoga both led the team with 12 kills. Katy Fitzpatrick contributed with 33 digs.

Reed (15-9, 7-5) will look to end its losing streak when it hosts Damonte Ranch Tuesday at 6 p.m.

- Spanish Springs def. McQueen -

The Spanish Springs volleyball team remained on top of the High Desert League standings, dispatching visiting McQueen in three games: 25-18, 25-21, 25-13.

“We played pretty well,” Cougars coach Frank Sandomenico said. “Game 2 got a little close, but we were able to keep our lead and win that one. We did a good job of mixing it up. We just played really well as a team, got a lot of people involved, and played really good defense.

“We just want to keep playing well. We want to keep up the high energy, keep playing our game, and not change that. We’ll just keep going out there and having fun and see what happens.”

The Cougars were led in kills by Melly Munley and Rachel Loadholt, who had eight and seven, respectively. Lyndsey Anderson dished out 19 assists, while chipping in with four aces and two blocks.

Spanish Springs (21-5, 10-1) hosts Sierra League leading Manogue tomorrow at 6 p.m. in a Northern 4A crossover league match.

- Whittell def. Sparks -

The Sparks volleyball team fell in three games to Whittell Thursday evening: 13-25, 15-25, 20-25.

The Railroaders were led on the evening by Krystal Parker who had six blocks, five kills, and two assists. Marjorie Cabales added six digs and handed out four assists, while Emma Clune had three kills to go along with two blocks.

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