Manogue made sure it would not be upset in the regional semifinals for the second straight year by sweeping Reed in three games Friday night at Spanish Springs: 25-19, 25-17, 25-20.
“We didn’t give up at all,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “They’re a great team and have some great hitters. Going into the game, we knew we would have to play our best, and I thought the girls played their hearts out. That’s all I could ask.”
Game 1 was a battle throughout. After Reed closed the gap to 8-7 on an Emilie Braun kill, Manogue began to pull away by scoring five of the next six points, capped by a block to go up 13-8.
Still, the Raiders wouldn’t go away. The HDL’s No. 2 seed closed the gap to two points on four different occasions at 15-13, 18-16, 19-17 and 20-18, the last two coming on a long serve and a miss-hit by the Miners. But Reed struggled to string points together, handing the serve back to Manogue following sideouts.
Manogue scored the next three points on a wide spike, double hit and a Reed player touching the net.
A Moriah Maluotoga kill stopped the bleeding for Reed momentarily, but the ensuing serve went into the net and the Miners closed out the set with another block, accounting for the game-high six-point margin.
Game 2 started off well for Manogue as it scored the first three points. The Raiders answered right back for a 3-3 tie and forced a Miners timeout.
Sideouts were traded for a dead heat at 4-4, but Manogue went ahead 6-4 and 7-5 to maintain a slight cushion. Two mistakes by the Miners knotted the score at 7-7, and then Reed took its first lead at 8-7, only to lose it immediately by serving the ball long.
Manogue pushed the gap to two points again, 11-9, but a Braun ace off the top of the net fell over tied it up at 11-11.
The Raiders could not take the lead this time as the team in white rallied for three straight points to snatch a 14-11 advantage.
After an Amber Harris kill cut the deficit to 15-13, a big swing of momentum took place two points later. In what looked like a kill by Katelyn Singer, that would have brought the Raiders to within two points again, her momentum took her into the net. Instead of a 16-14 score, it was 17-13 and the Miners put together a 6-0 run for a 20-13 score and were not threatened the rest of Game 2.
Manogue tallied 10 of the final 14 points of the second set, capped by a slam from Kololia Atoa.
Game 3 also started off in a battle, but it wasn’t because of anything Reed was doing. Six of the Raiders’ first nine points came off service errors by the Miners, leading a frustrated Miners coach Jason Sterrett to call a timeout with his team up by a slim 10-9 margin. Manogue wouldn’t have a service error again until it was five points away from the sweep.
Still, Reed was able to pick up some points the hard-earned way. A tip by Singer found the floor, and sliced the lead to one, 13-12. But then it was the Raiders’ turn to give a point to their opponents with a errant serve.
“I just felt we would always catch up with them, but when we got to the point that we caught up, we just couldn’t break through. I think they took advantage of that,” Flagtvedt said.
The Miners took advantage of the opening, padding their lead to 20-14, following back-to-back unreturnable serves by Atoa.
An Atoa kill brought the Miners to game point, 24-18. However, Reed looked like it might have a little magic left as Manogue touched the net for a sideout and then Kelsey Donohoe served up an ace, making it a 24-20 score. Atoa slammed the door on any comeback thoughts with a match-ending kill.
Reed finished its season with a 26-9 record. Singer and Madi Funk had five kills apiece for the Raiders, while Maluotoga added four. Taylor Stefan handed out 19 assists.