And that’s exactly how the match played out, with the Raiders taking it in an easy three games: 25-7, 25-12, 25-14.
“I thought we did a good job mixing up our sets because that’s something we have been struggling with the last few games,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “We’re really trying to make sure we’re getting the right hitters the ball where we need to. I switched it up a little bit on the lineups, and I liked it. It’s just a matter of finding who is working the best together.”
Wooster doubled up on Reed’s points when the Colts jumped out to a 4-2 lead in Game 1. It was also the last time they scored for a while.
The visitors used both timeouts during a long run in order to try to slow the Raiders’ momentum. Instead, Reed just kept rolling its way to a 12-0 run, handing the hosts their first double-digit advantage.
After the teams traded several sideouts, the Raiders closed out the first game with the final nine points for the lopsided win. McKinley Chesley had five kills in the game, while Kelsey Donohoe served up 11 points, including two aces.
The second game was in a dead heat as late as 5-5.
That’s when Reed began pulling away. Six straight points left the Blue and Gold in the lead by an 11-5 margin on the scoreboard.
Wooster was still only six points down when it was 14-8, but the Raiders tallied 11 of the final 13 points to put Game 2 in the books.
Like the first two games, Wooster drew first blood in the third game. But also like the first two games, that didn’t translate into much success for the Colts.
Wooster did go on its first extended rally of the match. Trailing 7-2, a 5-1 Colts run closed the gap to one point. However, the 8-7 score was as close as Wooster got.
The game was still a nail-biter with Reed leading 12-10, but the Raiders extended their lead to 19-12 with a 7-2 rally.
The Colts had no answer and suffered their third straight double-digit loss. Katie Lawrence finished with three of her team’s six kills in the losing cause.
Chesley paced the Raiders’ offense with 11 kills. Taylor Stefan handed out 20 assists.
Reed (10-5, 3-2 in Northern 4A) heads to McQueen for a High Desert League battle at 6 p.m. Thursday.
- Galena def. Spanish Springs -
•Cougar junior Lyndsey Anderson turned in a solid performance with 30 assists and nine kills, but it wasn’t enough as the Grizzlies protected their home floor with a four-game victory: 25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 26-24.
“We told the girls we thought Galena was the second best team in that division,” SSHS volleyball coach Frank Sandomenico said. “We knew they had a lot of talent and it was going to be a tough match. We were right there. We just didn’t go on any runs. Nobody stepped up, which was disappointing.”
For the Cougars, Rachel Loadholt and Melly Munley had 12 and 10 kills respectively. Munley also served up four aces.
Brandi Brucato and Kylie Baer each had 10 digs.
Spanish Springs (15-5, 3-1 in Northern 4A) is back in action at 6 p.m. Thursday at North Valleys.
- Lovelock def. Sparks -
•In Pershing County, the Railroaders didn’t put up much of a fight, dropping a three-game match: 25-11, 25-14, 25-10.
Krystal Parker led the way for Sparks with three kills and three blocks.
“Lovelock is honestly a tough team. They just beat Yerington in five games last week,” Sparks volleyball coach Tarina Elliott said. “We were stepping into their home court and they play better there to begin with. We just don’t have the big hitters that they do.”
Sparks hosts Fallon at 6 p.m. Friday.