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Anchoring the Raiders' ship
by Aaron Retherford
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Tribune file photo - Reed senior Kendra Davis has been a force at the net this year, leading the team in kills and blocks.
Tribune file photo - Reed senior Kendra Davis has been a force at the net this year, leading the team in kills and blocks.
There aren’t many more intimidating forces on the area’s high school volleyball courts than Reed senior Kendra Davis.

Teams will try to hit around her blocks and hope she doesn’t receive many sets that she will likely knock down for a thundering kill.

Davis, who has played volleyball for about six years, said her favorite part of the sport is slamming the ball hard for a kill. She has had plenty of times to enjoy that aspect of the game, leading the Raiders with 108 kills on the year. She also has a team-high 70 blocks through 19 matches.

“I’ve been lucky to have her on varsity for three years now,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “She’s really been an impact player for us. She always wants the ball in the game. She’s someone I trust that when we need that strong hit or block. She’s one of the ones who shows up to do that. It‘s very nice to have her on the team. She has really grown as a player from last year to this year.”

Last fall, Davis was named to the High Desert League’s first team all-league list as a middle blocker. This year she has helped lead to Blue and Gold to the second-place spot in the HDL standings.

She has also taken on a leadership position as a captain.

“This year she’s a captain, and she’s really taken on that leadership role,” Flagtvedt said. “All the girls really look up to her as well. She understands the game really well and understands what she needs to do to win and where the team needs to be, so that really helps them. She’s always wanting to do more even before the season started. She was the one who was trying to organize the team and do some fundraisers so we could go to Vegas this season.

“Putting time in like that showed some good leadership. Obviously on the court I feel like the team works off her energy. She’s really tried to be mentally stronger and that’s really a good role for the rest of the girls as well.”

Davis enjoys her role as one of the team captains, saying it makes it more fun to play volleyball because she gets to help out everyone. It also helps being part of such a close-knit group of girls.

“I really like them We really came together as a team this year,” Davis said. “Compared to past years, this team has really come together and worked together.”

Davis hopes that team chemistry can help Reed accomplish something it hasn’t been able to in recent history.

“I hope we can make it past the first round of the playoffs. It would be really big,” said the senior.

Reed (13-6, 5-3 in league) hosts North Valleys today at 6 p.m.
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