Coyote spikers gearing up for the season

SET IT UP: Reed City's Alison Schermerhorn works on her setting during a recent practice over the summer. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
SET IT UP: Reed City's Alison Schermerhorn works on her setting during a recent practice over the summer. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — The official start of the volleyball season is less than a month away and summer schedules are intensifying.

Reed City coach Don Patterson had another session on ball control for his team last Friday.

The varsity team had a recent scrimmage with Cadillac.

Friday’s event was open to all age groups although high school volleyballers were the dominant age group. There were 20 participants.

“This is the conclusion of ball control,” Patterson said. “We’ll work on passing, ball control, overhand. I like when we do this and can focus on this aspect of it. There’s so much to the game. It’s hard to break it down.”

Patterson anticipates a balanced type of attack.

The Coyotes will have a hitting clinic and work on attacking later this month at home. The Ferris State Invitational is July 23-24. The hitting clinic is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on July 30 and 31.

The Ferris event “is pretty competitive,” Patterson said. ”This year, for us, most of our seniors are at a school outing. We’ll have a lot of younger kids there.”

The summer ends on Aug. 1 and formal practices start Aug. 14. The Alma Invitational opens the season Aug. 24.

Michaela Reed, a senior, is among the key players for the Coyotes and has had a busy summer.

It’s her third year of varsity volleyball.

“I used to do a lot of AAU,” she said, adding that other obligations have affected here schedule to some extent. But blending in with new teammates has been a priority this summer, she indicated.

“It takes a while, but we all generally get along,” she said. "We all work together. We all have certain things we’re really good at.”

Blocking is Reed’s key strength right now. She’s hoping to improve on her serves.

Reed is coming off toe surgery and will return to action next week.