Damonte took three in a row from Reed, dropping the Raiders 25-19, 25-14 and 25-15. The Mustangs have posted an impressive record of 21-1 so far this season.
Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt wanted to see all of her players in action and evaluate a few different combinations to try and get some stops against the Mustangs, who Flagtvedt described as a “good hitting team.”
“Actually, I was just trying to see what was going to work," Flagtvedt said. “I thought that Meghan Rader, who was playing right side, really stepped it up. I ended up putting her back in and she did a great job so she continued to play.
“I was trying to see what I could get going on the attack and blocks. Damonte's a great hitting team and if you're not getting a good block up then it's going to be a tough game.”
In Game 1, Reed trailed 20-17 but was unable to comeback and it was outscored 5-2 to end the game by the 25-19 score.
The Mustangs as well wanted to get in an extra match before entering a long span of league games.
“We're trying to get as many games as possible in and get them in shape,” Damonte Ranch coach Velvet Steel said.
Damonte came out ready to go in Game 2 and posted an early 9-1 lead over the Raiders. The Mustangs took a 15-5 lead before Reed strung a few consecutive points together. With two aces, Kyndal Comphel propelled Reed to score four straight. That got the Raiders within seven, 16-9, but that was as good as it would get for the east Sparks school.
The Raiders (7-10) did not have much better luck in Game 3. After trailing 2-1, the Mustangs scored the next seven for an 8-2 advantage on the Raiders' home floor. Damonte led by as much as 10, 17-7, but the Raiders weren't ready to give up. Katrina Spencer hit a kill for Reed to pull the squad to 19-12 and Comphel served another ace for the Raider' to get within six, 19-13. But Damonte tightened things up and only allowed the Raiders two more points while scoring six of its own for the 25-15 final.
Comphel led Reed with two digs, four aces and seven assists. Elizabeth Stacy had three kills, eight digs and two aces. Cheyenne Faanes added one kill, three digs and one ace for the Raiders.
“I think one thing we need to work on is being more aggressive at the net more consistently,” Flagtvedt said. “I think there are times where we're really aggressive but there also times where we're tipping or not getting a good shot when we have an open chance.”
Reed squares off with Elko in a league match on Friday at home at 6:15 p.m.
•The Sparks Railroaders came out strong but lost their luster against Fernley Wednesday in 3A North prep volleyball action.
Sparks won the first game, but lost the match 20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-17.
“The second game we honestly just got ourselves down,” Sparks coach Tarina Elliot said. “We did it to ourselves with some dumb mistakes. We had bad errors and it cost us the game.”
Elliot said the biggest struggle with her team on Wednesday was getting down early and having to fight its way back into the games.
“The last game, I couldn't get them into it from the get go and they were fighting their way back into it to stay in it,” she said.
The first game, however, the Railroaders started off strong and got the win they were looking for.
“The girls came out really strong. They were serving strong and we kept the lead almost for the whole game and they did great,” Elliot said. “Through all of the games we had girls digging and hitting the floor and really playing smart but we ended up short in the long run.”
Gabby Diaz led the Railroaders with 14 assists, three kills, four digs and one block. Krysti Collier added 15 digs and two kills while Chelsea Harris finished with one assist, seven kills and three blocks. Jantell Martin tallied six digs, two assists and four kills.
Sparks (1-4) will compete in the Yerington tournament on Friday and Saturday where it will face Fernley, Battle Mountain and Douglas. The Railroaders will continue league play on Tuesday when they travel to North Tahoe.