Reed started off with a 4-2 lead over McQueen in Game 1 but the Lancers kept the Raiders within arm’s length and tied the game at 18. Reed went on a 5-0 run to distance itself from the host squad on its way to the initial four-point win in the first contest.
The Lancers weren’t going to give up easily and turned around to overpower Reed in Game 2. Reed started off up 3-0, but quickly lost momentum. McQueen forged ahead 10-6 to take the lead from the Raiders.
“In the second game, we faltered,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said.
Things only got better for McQueen, as it reeled off a 9-1 run for a 21-10 lead over the Sparks school. McQueen tallied the last three points of the game in the lopsided 25-12 victory.
Reed rallied back to close out the match with wins in the third and fourth games. The Raiders again picked up an early lead, 8-4 in Game 3, but it was unable to keep the Lancers at bay. The teams tied three times before Reed gave itself a 19-16 edge on an ace by Kyndal Comphel. Reed’s Cheyenne Faanes dished up an ace and Ciarra Ioli got a kill for a 23-19 Raiders lead. Ioli threw down a tough block to earn the final point for the Raiders.
“They controlled the ball a lot better,” McQueen coach Jeff Zimmerman said comparing Reed's play to the first time the two league foes met. “They’re always a good team."
With the added momentum, Reed was on a mission to end the match in Game 4 after grabbing a quick 4-0 lead. Still, McQueen stayed in contention, trailing by a point or two throughout the early game. The Raiders strung together a 3-0 run to give themselves some breathing room. Elizabeth Stacy got in a kill for the Raiders, pushing her team ahead 23-15. With great placement, Stacy got another kill late in the game, her fifth on the night, to end the game and the match.
Zimmerman felt his team struggled and couldn’t finish. He also pointed out it missed 14 serves, which was a key part to their game plan.
Stacy had 15 digs and a block. Kendra Davis led the squad with 19 kills, three digs and five assists.
“Kendra was phenomenal,” Flagtvedt said. “She’s become an impact. When she’s on, the girls follow her lead.”
Reed and McQueen are now tied, with records of 5-3 in the playoff jumble. Reed will host Hug on Thursday, which will also be the Raiders’ senior night. The Raiders then have three matches left on their regular season schedule: Spanish Springs, North Valleys and league-leading Reno. McQueen has the same opponent left as Reed, starting with Reno on Thursday.