Reed struggled to get under control in Game 1 and had a slow start, resulting in the early loss.
However, the Raiders picked it up from there and won Game 2. The RHS spikers looked like a completely different team for the rest of the night. Elko grabbed a 3-0 lead but Reed caught up and tied things at nine each. Reed then outscored Elko 6-1 for a 15-10 lead.
“I switched the lineup a little bit,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “I had great players out there but it just wasn’t working. By switching up it was just able to add a little more into it … The girls looked a little dead out there the first game, like they were just going through the motions.”
Reed (1-1 High Desert League, 8-10 overall) jumped out with a 20-13 lead but Elko’s Kristina Rozelle served up five straight points to close the gap to 21-19. Rachel LeSage smashed in a kill for Reed, giving the Raiders a 23-20 lead. LeSage then got an ace for the last point and the win, tying the match at 1-1.
In Game 3, Reed started out with an early 6-1 lead. Reed capitalized on some Indians mistakes to extend its lead to 11-4. The Raiders weren’t relenting as Amanda Fabbi served her team through four points to get a 17-6 lead over Elko. The Raiders went on to race to the 25-15 Game 3 win.
“We had a letdown in Game 3,” Elko coach Amanda Steemse said. “Overall, I saw some really good things. Our girls were aggressive and they stayed positive and that’s something we’re really trying to work on.”
Game 4 was a battle between the squads. Elko took a 14-9 lead over the Raiders. Reed rallied and tallied five straight for the 14-14 tie. Elko pushed its way to a 22-20 lead on an ace by Lakin Beal.
“They fought. They did,” Steemse said. “We just had a break down in defense. They got up on tips.”
After a sideout, a block by Reed’s Ciarra Ioli gave Reed the go-ahead point at 23-22. An out-of-bounds Elko attack gave the Raiders a 24-22 edge. Elko scored one more to close the gap, but a Reed tip on the next play finished the job, sealing the RHS win.
“We started tipping a little bit more because our hitting wasn’t getting it done,” Flagtvedt said. “We were able to score some points off that.”
One problem Reed had was serving. Reed missed six serves in the final game of the match.
Elizabeth Stacy led the Raiders with six kills, 16 digs, one ace and one block. LeSage added three kills, five digs, five aces and 23 assists. Olivia Emerson led the team in kills with 10, to go along with one dig and three blocks.
Reed battles cross-town rival Spanish Springs on Tuesday.