Cadillac too much for Reed City

Vikings win 3-0 to take district volleyball championship

REED CITY – The Reed City Coyotes knew it wasn’t going to be easy taking on a highly regarded Cadillac team in the Division 2 title game on Thursday.

It wasn’t.

Less than 24 hours of coming off a 3-1 win over arch-rival Big Rapids, the Coyotes had to face a Cadillac team coming off an emotional come-from-behind 3-2 win over Ludington.  From start to finish on Thursday, the Vikings were in control and posted a 25-13, 25-12, 25-13 win to advance to the regionals next week.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” junior Molly Bowman said. “We knew we had to keep the energy up. Toward the end, we couldn’t do it.”

Despite the hard fought win against Big Rapids, “we had energy left over,” Bowman said.

Reed City, with only seven available players, tried to keep it tight in the second set with Kyleigh Weck scoring some key kills and making it 15-10. But the Vikings, led by 6-foot-4 junior Carrissa Musta, controlled the net play and scored the 25th point for the second set on a net error.

“Cadillac played pretty good defense,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We knew they would. They serve received better than they did last night. But I thought our kids played hard. Our defense played pretty good. We couldn’t get as much offense as we could.”

Andie Bennett had a kill for Reed City early in the third with Cadillac up 4-2. But the Vikings continued to dominate all areas especially in serving and attacking.

For Reed City, Andi Bennett had one ace, two kills and three digs; Weck had seven kills, 10 digs and one ace; Shoemaker had four digs; Bowman had one ace three kills and 18 digs; Rachel Van Syckle had eight assists and eight digs; Henry had two kills and 15 digs; and Emma Johnston had two aces, two kills, 11 digs and nine assists.

“We had a tough go with injuries,” Patterson said. “Our two big kids (Weck and Christina Malacknovich) haven’t been on the court at the same time. We still won a lot of games.”