Coyotes fall in regular-season finale

GETTING SET: Jacolyn Mullins sets the ball for Reed City in volleyball action last Thursday. (Herald-Review/John Raffel)
GETTING SET: Jacolyn Mullins sets the ball for Reed City in volleyball action last Thursday. (Herald-Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY – Bring on the district tournament, the Reed City Coyotes are ready.

Reed City took on three opponents Thursday in their last home action of the season going into next week’s Class B tournament at Clare.

The Coyotes lost to Benzie Central 25-22, 23-25, 27-25, fell to White Cloud 25-19, 25-22 and lost to Kingsley 25-20, 25-22.

The second game to White Cloud was a tough loss to the Coyotes who fell to the Central State Activities Association co-champs on Wednesday.

“We got a lot of good volleyball in, everybody here was solid,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “It forces you to become better. You get in almost as many games as a Saturday tournament when you have a quad like this.”

The Coyotes had a 13-3 lead at one stage but White Cloud put on a 22-6 rally to post the victory.

In the first game to Kingsley, Reed City was down 20-8 but Brittani Yarger rallied her team from the service line to cut the gap to 21-19 before the Stags came back.

Jacolyn Mullins had 29 kills, two aces and 47 digs for Reed City while Heather Tacey had four aces and 63 assists, Alaina Woodard had 11 kills and five blocks, Brittani Yarger had 11 aces and Emma Lockhart had 16 kills, one ace and 44 digs.

Michaela Reed added three kills and five blocks, followed by Kalee Hensel with three aces and 47 digs, Kayla Davis with three aces and Natalie Westhoff with 12 kills and four blocks.

“I thought at the end, it could have gone either way,” Mullins said. “We had a nice game against White Cloud. I don’t know what happened.”

“I thought we played strong but we got down at times when we shouldn’t get down,” Hensel said. “It’s been a fun season. This team is fun to work with. We’ve had our ups and downs but I think we’re doing better.”

“The kids I think have gotten better and better as the season went on, “Patterson said. “It will be interesting to see how the district unfolds.”

Reed City is 25-20 and plays at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against Farwell at Clare in district action.