The Cougars cruised to their second straight High Desert League victory in a sweep over Douglas. Reed however, lost of a five-game thriller at Galena in its HDL opener.
•The Spanish Springs volleyball swept aside Douglas, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23, on the road Tuesday night to improve to 11-4, 2-0 in the HDL.
“I thought we played well in transition,” coach Frank Sandomenico said. “They (Douglas) are a good team. We are not going to get many easy nights this year.”
Fifteen matches into the season, the Cougars are still yet to play with their full roster due to a number of injuries and illnesses. Sandomenico praised the efforts of junior Tori Chelini, senior Tayler Lodge and senior Kelsie Merritt.
“They have really stepped up and done a great job,” Sandomenico said.
Senior libero Brandi Brucato finished with 22 digs and four aces. Senior setter and outside hitter Hannah Meadows added 14 assists, six digs and five kills. Senior middle Gabby Szachara continued to be a presence at the net with eight kills and five blocks. Senior defensive specialist Sadye Roulund rounded out the statistical standouts, chipping in 12 digs and four aces.
Spanish Springs continues its HDL slate at home Friday against Wooster.
•On Thursday the Raiders fell down two games to one to Truckee and found a way to escape with a win. After falling down 2-1 Tuesday night at Galena, they weren’t so fortunate.
Reed pulled out the fourth game before dropping the fifth and the match 25-14, 23-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-12.
RHS coach Kris Flagvedt said her team did a good job of adjusting to Galena’s strong hitting and blocking after the first game but realizes her team may have left a win on the court.
“We feel good and bad. Good because we didn’t give up but there is a little bit of frustration,” Flagvedt said. “We know we could have done better. We made a few serving mistakes.”
Senior outside hitter Mo Maluotoga amassed 18 kills, 12 digs and two blocks. Junior setter Annie Braun dished out 42 assists and two blocks while senior libero Kelsey Donohoe chipped in 25 digs. Junior outside hitter Emilie Braun added a healthy 15 kills and 12 digs. Junior middle Samantha Bailey, who has filled in while Maddie Funk has been sick with mononucleosis (mono), finished with eight kills and two blocks.
“Obviously it sucks to lose no matter what,” Flagvedt said. “It taught the girls a lesson that we need to play cleaner volleyball.”
Reed’s next match is Thursday when it plays host to Douglas.