Coyotes fall to Big Rapids girls

REED CITY —  Big Rapids and Reed City are now even, 1-1, in their volleyball rivalry this season

But the critical Central State Activities Association Gold Division match took place on Tuesday of this week.

Big Rapids swept Reed City 25-18, 25-16 in a nonleague match on Thursday. Reed City defeated the Cardinals earlier this season in another nonconference battle on the same court.

It was Big Rapids turn this time.

Mackaela Klever’s ace gave Big Rapids an 11-4 lead in the first game. She later had a tip and kill for an 18-9 advantage. Alyssa Olds served a point for Reed City to cut it to 22-17. Cardinal servers were able to put the game away with aces.

Jordyn Storch served Reed City to a 3-0 lead. White had an ace to help Big Rapids gain control. Klever’s two service points came in handy. Grace Fath served four straight points, including three aces, for an 18-11 lead. Reed City made its bid but Big Rapids continued to dominate the net. Big Rapids was up 23-16, but Klever had a tip and White finished the match with a kill.

“It was effort,” Big Rapids coach Chelsey Nelson said. “I’ve been preaching about effort all week. They showed it.”

Earlier in the evening, Shelby defeated both Big Rapids (25-10, 25-20) and Reed City (25-11, 25-17)

For the night, White had nine kills and Klever eight, plus 13 digs. Dakota Young had 20 assists. Fath had four aces while White had three aces.

“Our hitters really stepped up in that last game,” White said. “We need to keep our communication up and not get down on ourselves. We have so much talent and we need to keep up our attitudes.”

For Reed City, Meghan Borst had seven kills, two blocks, four aces and eight digs, Sidni Rushford had seven kills and five digs, Storch had five aces and 16 digs, Allison Obermeir had two kills and a block, Meghan Brown had an ace and seven digs; Olds had one ace and eight digs and Kierra Barker had seven digs.   

“I thought we played well at times,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “It’s another new lineup for us. We’ve had a whole lot of lineups this year with injuries and kids missing.”

The two teams were idle until their Tuesday match earlier this week at Big Rapids.

“That’s the one that matters,” Nelson said.