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Reed volleyball bounces Hug; SSHS beaten by Reno
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Ryleee Holland tries to settle under a dig as the volleyball takes an awkward bounce during the Raiders' league sweep of Hug Thursday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Ryleee Holland tries to settle under a dig as the volleyball takes an awkward bounce during the Raiders' league sweep of Hug Thursday.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Kelsey Hicks attacks a ball at the net with a Hug blocker (#58) following the action.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Kelsey Hicks attacks a ball at the net with a Hug blocker (#58) following the action.
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The Reed High volleyball team played at home against a struggling Hug squad Thursday night and the hosts performed exactly like they should have. Reed cruised to a sweep over its High Desert League rival, dumping the Hawks, 25-13, 25-13, 25-16..

Not surprisingly, Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt was pleased with the Raiders' effort.

"It was nice," she said. "I thought we served very aggressively. I was able to get a lot of people in and a lot of game time for some girls who don't see the floor as much. That was nice, to give a lot of girls different opportunities to play."

Moriah Maluotoga and Emilie Braun highlighted the quick victory for the RHS spikers. Braun pounded eight kills and served up five aces. Maluotoga finished with six kills and six aces. Reed setters Cassy Walsh and Annie Braun both gave away eight assists. Reserve Maddy Johnson added three kills and a dig off the bench for Reed.

Reed's serving was too tough to overcome for Hug. The Raiders turned in 20 aces in the sweep.

"I thought we served very well," Flagtvedt said. "That is definitely a team high for us. We served very aggressive all night. By serving so well, we had to be a little more ready on defense for the ball to come back over maybe not as systematically as we're used to. We had to make sure we were on our toes for every single point.

"I also thought Hug served the ball well too, so we had to step up our serve receive to focus on good passing and putting the ball away."

Three weeks into the young fall season, Reed sits 8-4 overall while splitting four conference clashes. The Reed gang plays Wooster in a crossover league affair Tuesday and then meets HDL foe McQueen next Thursday.

"We're just making sure that we're trying to build each time we get on the court," Flagtvedt said. "We want to grow as a team. There's a lot of season left and this year in the North, there's not really any teams you can take lightly. You have to show up every single time.

"In our two league losses, Galena and Reno, we just didn't play clean. We made a lot of unforced errors in those two matches ... We can't give up free points with missed serves and hitting errors. We must take care of the ball or good teams will eat you alive."

At Spanish Springs, the defending state champion Cougars were knocked off on their home floor, falling to Reno 25-21, 17-25, 25-17, 25-17.

The Cougars, who beat the Huskies in four games at RHS two weeks ago, fell to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in league matches after Thursday's defeat.

"Reno adjusted its defense," Cougars coach Frank Sandomenico said, alluding to the difference between the earlier match and Thursday's tilt. "They made a whole lot of adjustments and we didn't take advantage ... They focused more on our middles. We needed other people to step up and make them pay and we just didn't get it done."

Senior Morgan McGwire was a big factor in Reno's resurgence, ripping 17 kills and lifting 22 digs. She got help from her teammates too. Sophomore Kyra Liessman added 11 kills. Bridgette Murdock got up 29 digs and Reno's junior setter, Camille Stuyvesant dished out 43 assists while adding five aces.

Spanish Springs' all-league middle blocker Gabby Szachara led the Cougars on the stat sheet with 16 kills. Hannah Meadows turned in a solid all-around effort for the SSHS crew, chipping in 25 assists, 10 kills, five digs and four aces.

"We just haven't been clicking in practice and in games we haven't been as good as we can be. We're good enough to beat anyone, but we're not good enough to just show up. Right now, we're just incapable of adjusting at all. We're either not capable or don't know how, but we're going to have to make changes."

Spanish Springs hosts perennial state power Bishop Manogue Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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