St. Marys fights of four match points in the fifth set and rallies for the win

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Reynolds Kadyn Jones prepares for a serve during the fifth set in Tuesdays loss to St. Marys.

Reynolds had St. Mary’s on the ropes Tuesday night, but failed to deliver the knockout blow in a five-set loss to the Blues.

After splitting the first four games, the Raiders got off to a good start in the decisive fifth set when Kadyn Jones delivered an ace on the first serve. The Raiders extended to a commanding 14-10 lead on back-to-back kills by Nicki Gibney.

But the Blues fought off four match points, prompting Reynolds to call timeout after an ace by Madison Sankovitz brought St. Mary’s within a single point.

The brief pause did little to stymie the momentum, as Sankovitz went low to dig a big swing off the arm of Reynolds’ Brenna Huwe. The save set up Emma Peel for a cross-court winner that tied the score 14-14.

The Blues moved in front when Reynolds gave up a free point after being called for an error in its rotation.

That put St. Mary’s to match point, which saw both teams with a chance to win the volley, before Peel found an open spot along the sideline and delivered the winner with a tip shot.

St. Mary’s reeled off the last six points in the 23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 16-14 win, outscoring the Raiders 112-107 for the night.

“Reynolds is a scrappy defensive team. I told our girls it wasn’t going to be easy, but they needed to leave their hearts out there on the court, and they went out and executed,” St. Mary’s coach Laura Humphrey said.

Reynolds (5-5) is fifth in the MHC standings, ending the regular season with road games against the league’s top two programs — Thursday at Gresham and Tuesday at Central Catholic.

Look for extended match coverage in the Friday, Oct. 19, edition of The Outlook.

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