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Reno sweeps Reed volleyball
by Aaron Retherford
Sep 11, 2012 | 2988 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reed sophomore Emilie Braun knocks down one of her seven kills during a loss at home to Reno Tuesday night. <I>Purchase Sparks Tribune photos from our 'BUY PHOTOS' link.</i>
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reed sophomore Emilie Braun knocks down one of her seven kills during a loss at home to Reno Tuesday night. Purchase Sparks Tribune photos from our 'BUY PHOTOS' link.
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The last time Reed and Reno met on the volleyball court, the Raiders stunned a top-seeded Huskies squad in the semifinals of last year’s regional tournament. It was a far different outcome Tuesday night.

Reno went to Reed to face off against a High Desert League rival and swept the hosts easily: 25-23, 25-18, 25-17.

In the first game, it was neck and neck early on. Reed jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but then it turned into a see-saw battle.

The Raiders led 6-5 and 7-6 after a pair of service errors by Reno, which would be the theme of the game.

The Huskies took control with a string of five consecutive points, forcing the home team to call a timeout trailing 11-7. .

While Reno felt like it was dominating the first set with its thundering kills and smothering blocks, its struggles behind the service line nearly gave the Raiders the win. Of Reed’s first 14 points, six came off service errors by the Huskies.

The sixth service error closed the gap to 15-14, but the visitors padded their cushion back up to four points, 18-14.

The next three points belonged to the Raiders, and the Huskies called their first timeout. Reed’s momentum was stalled shortly.

After Reno went up 19-17 on a Sarah Pappas kill, Reed went on a 4-0 run to take a 21-19 lead. But the Huskies were not about to choke away the first game, tying the game at 21-21 and 22-22, before taking the lead for good at 23-22.

Down 24-23, Reed had a chance to extend the game, but Annie Challis and Katy Murphy combined on a game-ending block.

Game 2 lacked any of the drama from the first game.

It was still a two-point game at 9-7 in favor of Reno, but that’s as close as Reed would be the rest of Game 2.

The Huskies took their first five-point advantage at 14-9 when the Raiders touched the net. Reno built six-point edge after three sideouts, 16-10, 17-11 and 18-12.

While Reed cut into the gap a little, it wasn’t enough. Reno’s lead never dipper lower than three points the rest of the way, and a spike into the net by Reed ended the second set with the Huskies’ largest cushion, seven points.

It didn’t take long for the Huskies to match that lead in Game 3 and make it apparent a sweep was in the making.

The Raiders scored the first two points of the third set, only to watch the Huskies rally for five straight, taking the lead for good.

Reno doubled up on Reed 10-5, 12-6 and 14-7. The last matched what had been a match-high seven-point lead. But Reno did one better, scoring the next point for a 15-7 score.

Reed made a little charge, scoring six of the next eight points, cutting the deficit to 17-13.

Morgan McGwire capped a 4-0 run with her eighth kill, extending the lead back up to eight, 23-15. Her ninth kill ended the match.

Reno’s big hitters were hardly contained by Reed’s blockers. Challis had the biggest night, knocking down a match-high 18 kills. She also had 14 digs. Teammate Camille Stuyvesant handed out 31 assists as Reno improved to 3-0 in league play.

"I thought that when we first started, Reno has some tall players. They take care of the net very well. I don't think we came out as aggressive as I would have liked," Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. "We tipped the ball instead of challenging them. When we tried taking some swings, we did it a little too late.

"I also think we didn't take care of the ball when we needed to. I think we needed to clean up our side. Reno has some strong hitters and some great blockers. We've got to be able to use our strengths to our advantage in that regard."

Moriah Maluotoga and Emilie Braun each had seven kills for the Blue and Gold. Taylor Stefan finished with 20 assists, while Taylor Whitehead added 12 digs.

Reed (12-7, 2-1) takes on Hug Thursday on the road.

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