The Raiders battled but were unable to string together enough points to steal a win from the Miners. The Raiders, were seeded third in the High Desert league.
“I felt that at times we played well. At times, our mistakes got the best of us,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “Unfortunately, I don’t think we played as consistent as we could have. There were times where we were leading and we just couldn’t take off with it.”
In Game 1, the Raiders trailed 16-14 but Manogue scored four straight to go ahead 20-14. That run proved to be the edge the host Miners needed to get past Reed, 25-18.
Reed fared better early against Manogue (13-1 4A Sierra) in Game 2. After trailing 8-5, the Raiders bounced back, outscoring Manogue 7-2 to take a 12-10 lead but that was as good as it would get for Reed. The Miners turned around and scored seven straight for a 19-13 edge. Manogue closed out the game 6-3 for the 25-16 final.
Game 3 saw the Raiders down 5-1 early. The Raiders got within one, trailing 9-8. Reed then tied the game at 14s. The Miners hit on four straight, for an 18-14 edge that they never relinquished.
Manogue kept it up and took a 23-16 lead over the visiting Raiders. Kendra Davis scored back-to-back points for Reed, on a kill and a block for a last attempt at a Reed rally. Manogue scored two more to finish up the match, 25-18.
“I was really happy in the third game. I think we were down 5-1 and we came back and made it a game,” Flagtvedt said. “And against a team, that’s good like Manogue is, it’s really tough to dig yourself a hole and be able to come back out with a win.”
The Raiders finished the season 14-17, with a 7-5 league record.
“This is one of the most passionate groups I’ve had,” Flagtvedt said. “They really try and leave everything on the court every time they step up. They’ve really worked hard this season and it paid off. They did make it to the playoffs. Granted, we wish we could have made it farther but it was going to end sometime unfortunately and this was too soon.”
Davis led the Raiders with 10 kills and five and a half blocks. Kyndal Comphel had five digs, one ace and 10 assists. Elizabeth Stacy posted two kills, four digs, a block and an assist.