Even with a loss on the day, Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt was still pleased with the team, who she believes improved since the tournament in Las Vegas last week.
"I definitely thought we served a lot tougher today," Flagtvedt said. "I was actually really happy with how we played. I thought we had great defense. I think there are some things that we need to adjust on the blocking. We touch a lot of balls but they end up going out instead of back onto the court."
Reed's lone win came in the first game, with a comeback to take a 26-24 victory. The squads battled back and forth all night, magnified in an intense Game 1. Reed took a 22-21 lead over the defending state champions on an ace from Elizabeth Stacy. The squads tied at 23 apiece hit out of play. Reed took a 25-24 lead on an out of bounds deflection before Ciarra Ioli secured the win with an ace.
The rest of the match was a bit slower for Reed, dropping three straight, partially due to a drop in intensity, Flagtvedt said.
"I thought a little bit intensity wise I think we dropped a little bit and I think we just got tired," Flagtvedt said.
While at the tournament in Las Vegas, Reed played best-of-three instead of five, so she felt her team was tired heading into the later games against Manogue. Reed who is 4-3 so far this season, never went three games during the tournament.
In Game 2, Reed lead 10-8 but Manogue scored six straight points for a 14-10 edge that it would not relinquish. Reed could not close the gap on Manogue, which led by roughly seven points from then on, with the 25-17 final.
"We just cut down on our errors," Bishop Manogue coach Jason Sterrett said. "In the first game we gave them about 19 points off our errors so when you do that, you're not going to win."
Game 3 was similar to its predecessor for Reed. The Raiders took a 3-0 lead but couldn't maintain it. Trailing 7-6, Reed gave up four straight to the Miners, who took an 11-6 lead. The Raiders got as close as 14-10 but Manogue closed out the game scoring seven straight points, 25-11.
The squads matched each other nearly point for point in Game 4. Reed struck first on a kill by Kendra Davis but Manogue scored the next three points. Tied at eight each, Manogue sneaked in a quick five points. Reed pulled within 15-13 to keep the Miners on their toes.
A Manogue play went out of bounds to see Reed trailing by just one, 16-15 but the Raiders were unable to hold on. Manogue took the game and ran, scoring nine straight for the 25-15 finish.
Davis had 15 kills and six blocks for Reed. Stacy had 15 digs and a pair of aces. Kyndal Comphel led the squad in assists with seven to go along with one kill and 10 digs. Alicia Lee added 14 digs and two aces.
"I thought all of them stepped up," Flagtvedt said of her young squad. "I ended up putting quite a few subs in. I almost used all my subs. I thought everyone stepped up the game. Obviously my returners stepped up as well."
Reed is in action again Tuesday against Carson and will see McQueen later in the week.