Coyotes pick up big league win over Lakeview

DIGGING IT: Reed City's Jacolyn Mullins digs a ball during Wednesday's high school volleyball action at Reed City High School. The Coyotes defeated Lakeview, 3-1. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
DIGGING IT: Reed City’s Jacolyn Mullins digs a ball during Wednesday’s high school volleyball action at Reed City High School. The Coyotes defeated Lakeview, 3-1. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — A 26-24 victory in the first game of a Central State Activities Association match with Lakeview on Wednesday set the stage for Reed City in a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats.

Lakeview won the second game, but the Coyotes bounced back with 25-18, 25-18 twin wins in the next two sets.

Heather Tacey had three straight points for a 6-2 Coyote lead and then Emma Lockhart served four straight for a 12-8 advantage. When Kalee Hensel took her turn to serve, four straight points made it 24-13. Lakeview came back with five straight points but had a service error for Reed City’s 25th point.

Jacolyn Mullins hammered a kill for the 25th point in the fourth game.

The first win “was really important to come through, we really kind of pulled together the end of that first game,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “We didn’t play all that well in the second game. But then we played well in game three and pretty decent in game four.”

For Reed City, Tacey had 12 digs, 41 assists, one ace, one kill and one block; Mullins collected 12 kills one ace, one block and 28 digs, Alaina Woodard totaled three kills and four blocks.

Brittani Yarger added an ace while Emma Lockhart had 15 digs, six kills and one ace, Michaela Reed contributed five kills, while Kalee Hensel had 22 digs and one ace. Kayla Davis contributed 16 digs, two kills and two blocks, Natalie Westhoff had seven kills, four blocks and five digs and Karah Hensel had an ace and five digs.

“We’ve been working a lot on hitting in practices and being more consistent and not having as many hitting errors,” Karah Hensel said. “And serve receiving is a big deal for us.”

“We’ve been trying to add a little more offense,” Patterson said. “Our defense, Kalee (Hensel), Emma (Lockhart) our seniors have really stepped up defensively. Kalee has been controlling the court. You don’t get your name in the paper a lot as a libero. When you watch the game, you see how much impact she has. We need to do a little better offensively. Games one and three our offense was consistent. Game two, we had 11 hitting errors. Another three were service errors. We’ll continue to work on that.”

Reed City is 4-1 in the CSAA and 16-11 overall. The Coyotes play tonight at Mason County Central.

Lakeview fell to 2-3 in the league and 11-12-3 overall.

“We had to make some adjustments because we had some injured players that normally play all the time,” said Lakeview coach Tammy Dey. “One of our best outside hitters twisted her ankle on Saturday. We did the best we could.”