The Raiders fell in four, 14-25, 23-25, 25-17, 13-25.
While not thrilled about the loss, Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt appreciated some extra game experience before the Raiders face Reno and Elko next week.
“Yerington is a great team,” Flagtvedt said. “They’re a good team to play before one of our biggest matches.”
Yerington jumped out on Reed early with an initial 25-14 win. Game 2 was much closer between the squads. Yerington took a 14-8 lead over the host Raiders. Reed rallied back to tie the game at 16 and took an 18-16 lead on a tip by Elizabeth Stacy.
Yerington (21-3 overall, 5-1 3A) capitalized on some Reed mistakes for a 21-18 lead. The Raiders and Lions tied things again at 23 each but Yerington scored the final two points for the 25-23 win.
“We were trying to improve on blocking,” Yerington coach Anna Aiazzi said. “We had a big match Tuesday and our blocking wasn’t there. We were having the girls hit harder. They’re soft hitters.”
In Game 3, Reed (12-12, 4-1 High Desert League) started off strong with a 13-2 lead over the visiting Lions. Yerington trimmed the lead to six, 17-11. Reed didn’t relent and pushed the lead to 24-13 on a Stacy block. The Raiders knocked a shot out of bounds that allowed Yerington to score the next four points, trailing 24-17 but a shot into the net gave Reed the 25-17 Game 3 victory.
“I thought in the second and third games they played really well,” Flagtvedt said.
Game 4 was a bit of a different story. After gaining an 18-10 lead, there was no going back for Yerington and Reed wasn’t able to bounce back. The Lions outscored Reed 7-2 to close out the match for the final win, 25-13.
“In Games 1 and 4 we had some mental mistakes that we shouldn’t have been doing,” Flagtvedt said.
Alicia Lee led the team with 22 digs, one kill and four aces. Stacy had seven kills and 11 digs. Kyndal Comphel had 10 digs and 13 assists.
Kendra Davis had a team-high 13 kills, one dig and five and a half blocks. Rachel LeSage posted 14 digs, one kill, one ace and 12 assists for the Raiders.
Reed hosts Reno on Wednesday and travels to Elko for a match on Friday.
Sparks defeated Spring Creek
In eastern Nevada, the Railroaders picked up their first 3A North League win under second-year coach Tarina Elliott by claiming a three-game sweep 25-13, 25-15, 25-21.
Elliott believed it was her team playing together that led to the league victory.
“It’s more exciting because it’s one step closer to our goal (of making the playoffs),” she said.
Daisy Marquez was deadly behind the service line, recording six aces to go along with five digs and two kills. Gaby Diaz facilitated a lot of the offense by handing out 10 assists.
Jantelle Martin was solid on offense and defense with three kills and 10 digs. Chelsey Harris also had three kills. Krysti Collier added four digs and three aces.
Sparks (3-6, 1-2 3A North) will try to make it two in a row when it takes on Lowry in Winnemucca today.