RENO—Reed didn’t exactly get a lollipop for its DI North opener.
The Raiders dropped both their nonleague contests before opening league play Tuesday night at Bishop Manogue. The Miners entered the meeting 10-0, 1-0. They moved to 11-0, 2-0 without much resistance.
Bishop Manogue swept Reed aside 25-11, 25-10, 25-9.
“We have to clean up the errors. There were too many errors. We have to work harder,” Reed first-year coach James Crane said. “(We) allowed them to get away with things we knew they were going to bring.”
Reed committed 23 errors in the loss compared to Manogue’s seven.
The Raiders had a brutal time trying to string points together against the undefeated Miners, scoring back-to-back points only twice and finally scoring three-straight points at the end of the final set, cutting a 21-6 hole to a 21-9 deficit.
Manogue’s Julia Wenzel led everyone with 14 kills, four more than teammate Katelyn Oppio who will play collegiately at Gonzaga.
“Oppio is a good kid,” Crane said. “They got a good team. They’re always tough.”
Emily Petrie led the Raiders with five kills.
Just three matches into the season, Crane said nerves played a factor in Reed’s number of errors in the loss.
After taking their only lead of the night on a Bishop Manogue serving error to start the second set, the Miners rattled off 13 of the next 14 points.
Things don’t get any easier for the Raiders on Thursday as they head down to Carson. Crane said he’s not thinking about picking up his first career win at Reed.
“I’m not thinking about it. It’s every day we come out here the same,” Reed’s coach said. “It doesn’t matter who we’re against, I want to play the same. That’s one of the things I’ve told (the team).”
Cougars sweep Colts
Spanish Springs improved to 10-3, 2-0 with a 25-19, 25-12, 25-15 home sweep of Wooster Tuesday night.
Emily Moore led everyone with eight kills, one more than teammate Ireland Bennett.
Mackenzie O’Connell got in every stat category other than blocks with 28 assists, seven digs, four aces and a kill.
The Cougars host Bishop Manogue on Thursday.