"I think defensively we did OK, but I still think we need to be more aggressive at the net," Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. "I think that we missed some key serves but I think that defensively and moving on our feet we did a good job tonight."
The Raiders (10-10, 3-1 HDL) could not get the best of the Hawks in Game 1 but turned things around in the rest of the match to secure the win.
"I think that Hug does a good job, they touched so many balls," Flagtvedt said. "They really are a great hustling team and they definitely threw us off the first game."
Reed dominated early in the game, with an 11-5 lead. The Raiders scored eight straight behind Molly Reed's serve for a 23-8 lead before taking the game at 25-9.
"We started playing better," Flagtvedt said on Game 2. "We started reaching our potential a little bit more."
Game 3 was a battle. Hug came out to a 4-1 lead, in hopes of making a comeback after a poor Game 2. The Raiders caught up and tied the game at five, on a Kyndal Comphel ace. Comphel helped push her squad to take an 8-5 lead.
"I think we played as hard as we could and maybe we needed to play a little bit harder," Hug coach Janet Simon said.
Hug (5-2, 1-2 HDL) regained the lead on a kill that was just barely inbounds, 10-9. Both squads tallied a few points over the other before relinquishing the lead and allowing the opponent to overtake them. Reed tied the game at 21 and pushed ahead to a 23-21 lead.
"I have a group that's very passionate about the game and want do well," Flagtvedt said. "They're not going to want the ball to drop and give another team a point."
Reed's Cheyenne Faanes served into the net and Hug secured another point on a series of poor Reed communication to tie things at 23. After the next Hug serve, Elizabeth Stacy got a tip in for a point, assisted by Comphel. Molly Reed stepped in to serve and earned an ace and the final point for the second win of the match for Reed, she had two aces and one dig on the night for the Raiders.
Game 4 was full of ups and downs for both squads. Hug again took an early lead, 9-2 as the Raiders dug themselves a hole. Reed, however was not ready to give up. A tip off a long rally by Olivia Emerson got the sideout for Reed. Alicia Lee stepped up to the helm and led her team on a nine-point streak for the 11-9 lead. Reed kept a one- or two-point lead over Hug for the majority of the game from then on, until scoring six straight points for a 20-13 lead.
Hug whittled down the lead to four, trailing 23-19 but the Raiders pulled out with the win. Hug served into the net and deflected a block out of bounds to give Reed the 25-20 final.
Emerson had seven kills, three digs and two blocks for the Raiders. Lee had a team-high 26 digs and two aces. Rachel LeSage tallied seven digs and 12 assists. Comphel led her squad in assists with 13, to go alone with seven digs and six aces. Stacy led the team in kills with 11 and added 16 digs.
Reed is in action again today when it travels to Whittell.