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Spanish Springs spikes Damonte; Reed falls at Manogue
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Kelsey Donohoe settles under a dig during the Raiders league loss at Bishop Manogue Thursday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Kelsey Donohoe settles under a dig during the Raiders league loss at Bishop Manogue Thursday night.
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The Spanish Springs Cougars were not at the top of their game Thursday night, but they were good enough to down Damonte Ranch 25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 25-16 in a Div. I North crossover league game Thursday night in South Reno.

The Spanish Springs spikers improved to 17-5 overall and 8-1 in conference clashes with Thursday's road win.

"I felt like we lost focus in Game 2," Cougars coach Frank Sandomenico said. "That was a game we probably should've won. That was disappointing but other than that, we played pretty well overall. Damonte is pretty good. This could've a been a little bit of trap game. We beat Manogue and McQueen last week, two really good teams. Now it's Homecoming week. It's a spot where we easily could've been trapped and beaten. The fact we got out with a win is a good thing."

Senior Hannah Meadows stuffed the stat sheet with 30 assists, nine kills, eight digs and four aces. Tayler Lodge pounded 12 kills and lifted nine digs while putting down a pair of blocks for the Cougars. Additionally, Brandi Brucato got up 16 digs and served up four aces while Sadye Roulund finished with 12 digs and a pair of kills.

Spanish Springs, Nevada's defending large-school state champion, picked up many a win by virtue of a sweep a year ago, but three-game wins have been hard to come by this fall. Sandomenico thought his team briefly lost focus Thursday night, which cost it a game, but he said the overall quality of the league makes it tough to pick up many sweeps.

"That's definitely because of the quality of the league," he said. "I can't believe how many matches have gone five game throughout this North season. It's unbelievable. Halfway through the season, we've had way more matches go five games this year than all of last year. It's not even close. There's a lot of quality volleyball players here in the North right now."

Next up on the schedule for Spanish Springs is a Tuesday home match against arch rival Reed at 6 p.m. Sandomenico said the two league tilts against the Raiders each fall are matches his players and their fans look forward to.

"We're hoping to get a huge crowd," the Cougars' sixth-year skipper said. "We always have tight close games against Reed. It's just really fun for the girls to play in front of so many fans. There's good energy."

At Bishop Manogue, the perennial state power Miners dispatched Reed, 25-22, 26-24, 25-18.

Raiders coach Kristen Flagtvedt said it's no fun losing but she felt her squad competed better Thursday than it had in some other matches against the North's top teams.

"I thought in past weeks we've played McQueen and Reno, and they're good teams, but we didn't play well against them. I thought tonight, even though we lost, it was a better game. There are still things we can work on and do better, but we didn't make as many mental mistakes as we have in the past. On a positive note, we definitely played better."

Moriah Maluotoga contributed 11 kills and six aces to Reed's losing cause. Emilie Braun added eight kills and four blocks and Maddie Funk chipped in seven kills and a trio of blocks.

Reed fell to 10-6 overall and 4-4 in league play.

"We just need to keep pushing ourselves," Flagtvedt said. "We need to build on playing with more consistency and finishing. We need to focus on each match. It's a tough league on both sides. It's still wide open to anyone, but we're making it tougher on ourselves than I would've liked."

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