Coyote girls hope to have strong post season

REED CITY – Jacolyn Mullins has been called upon to do plenty of net play for the Reed City volleyball team this season and is anxious for the Coyotes to show their stuff in the postseason.

Taking first place at the Essexville-Garber Invitational has been among the main highlights for the Coyotes.

“That was one of our team goals this season,” Mullins said.

With an AAU schedule during the offseason, Mullins said improved a lot

“I felt that helped me,” she said. “It helped me on the timing of my hits.”

Reed City was scheduled to start district play Tuesday at Clare against Farwell. A Tuesday win would mean the Coyotes are also playing Thursday at Clare against the home team. The finals are Saturday against Big Rapids or Chippewa Hills.

“We’ve been doing good for the regular season,” Mullins said. “I couldn’t be prouder of my team.”

Mullins and her teammates had to regroup as the season started when senior hitter Sami Michell went down with what would be an anterior cruciate ligament injury to sideline her for the season.

“It’s something we had to adjust to,” Mullins said. “We’re doing good.”

The post-season is one Mullins hopes will be a long one for Reed City.

“I feel good about it, I’m pumped,” Mullins said. “We plan to go to district finals.”

The Coyotes might play co-Central State Activities Association champion Chip Hills in the finals.

“We’ll have to pass better and be more consistent,” Mullins said. “We have to keep motivated and focused. We can do it.”

Meanwhile, Kalee Hensel has mastered the libero position for the Reed City volleyball team this season and the Coyotes, with a winning record for the regular season, are hoping for a productive postseason.

“It’s been a really fun season,” Hensel said, “This team has been fun to work with. I’m going to miss everybody. We’ve had our ups and down. But I think we’re doing better. We’re hitting very well.”

Hensel played libero halfway through the 2011 season, after switching from an outside hitter.

“I feel a lot more comfortable there. You have to read the hitter. Once you learn how to read the hitter, that makes it easier.”

For districts this week, “I feel we should come out strong,” Hensel said, adding that if the Coyotes would face Chippewa Hills in a rematch, “we have to get a strong block up and keep on serving well.”