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Reed volleyball sweeps Galena
by Aaron Retherford
Sep 04, 2012 | 6194 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed libero Taylor Whitehead lifts up a dig during the Raiders' sweep at home of Galena in the first league match of the season.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed libero Taylor Whitehead lifts up a dig during the Raiders' sweep at home of Galena in the first league match of the season.
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Reed struggled at the High Sierra Preseason Tournament over the weekend, but when the league volleyball season opened three days later, the Raiders regained their form.

Facing a team it couldn’t beat in the regular season a year ago, Reed cruised to a three-game sweep of Galena by a score of 25-23, 25-13, 25-12.

“Overall I was really happy. We hit some bumps in the road at the Galena tournament this last weekend,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “The girls really came in and practiced hard yesterday (Monday) to get ready for Galena tonight. I knew Galena has some great hitters, so I knew we had to continue to work on some of our defensive things we struggled with this last weekend and kind of clean that up a little bit.”

Game 1 was neck and neck through the first half until Reed snatched momentum away and rode it from a 12-12 deadlock to a 17-12 lead. Taylor Whitehead had two of her team-high five aces during that span. The Raiders finished with 11 aces on the night.

However, the Grizzlies didn’t crawl into their den and let Reed take the first game without a fight.

Galena was able to cut the deficit to 21-19 before the Raiders rallied to get within one point of the first set victory.

Trailing 24-19 after Casey Kline hit a spike long, Galena stayed alive with a rally of its own.

A kill by Kourtney Sidener led to 24-21 score and a Reed timeout. The Raiders had a couple of spikes go long and the lead diminished to 24-23.

But a Galena serve floated wide and landed inches from being a game-tying ace. Instead, Reed earned the 25-23 win in Game 1.

In the second set, Reed got off to a quick start and never trailed. The Raiders led 5-1 after four straight points.

The visitors closed the gap to two points three times, 5-3, 6-4 and 8-6, but then the hosts took control for good.

The Raiders built a 15-7 advantage and then watched Galena score the next two points. The 15-9 score was as close as the Grizz would get the rest of the game.

A 7-0 run, capped by a Moriah Maluotoga thundering slam, handed the home team a 22-9 lead.

There wasn’t any late magic from the south Reno school as Katelyn Singer ended the game with a kill.

Game 3 wasn’t close either.

A service error pulled Galena to within two points, 5-3. It was all Blue and Gold after that. Reed doubled up on Galena, 10-5, following a block by Singer.

After the Raiders took a 15-8 lead, Galena took a timeout in hopes of stymieing the momentum. But back-to-back aces by Whitehead pushed the lead to 17-8.

An ace by Amber Harris padded the cushion to double digits for the first time in the third set, 19-9. The smallest margin down the stretch was nine points at 20-11. Reed tallied five of the final six points to earn the biggest win of the match.

“I think when my girls have that intensity during the games, it really shows up in their play,” Flagtvedt said. I thought they lacked that during the High Sierra Tournament, and that was one of the things we wanted to continue to push. I thought they came out strong with that intensity, and I think that really built back into our games.”

Maluotoga led the way for the RHS spikers with 12 kills and eight digs. Harris and Singer had six kills apiece, while Emilie Braun added five kills and four digs. Taylor Stefan handed out 25 assists.

“Also my second outside hitter Kelsey (Donohoe) is out with her ankle. I had to bring in my sophomore Emilie. I thought she really stepped up and filled that hole of not having Kelsey and that experience,” Flagtvedt said. “I was really happy with her as well.”

Reed (11-6, 1-0) is back in action when it travels to Douglas Thursday night for a 6 p.m. match.

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