Reed City moves into tie for second in CSAA with win over Chippewa Hills

REED CITY — Two of the Central State Activities Association top volleyball teams tested their talents against each other on Tuesday with Reed City sneaking past Chippewa Hills 28-26, 25-18, 25-19. Both teams are now 5-1 in the Central State Activities Association standings. "It was definitely awesome," said Reed City senior Michaela Reed. "We all worked together. We love each other, we're family." The Coyotes staged a rally to take the critical first game. Rachel Boerma's block gave the Warriors a 23-19 lead and later it was 24-21. Reed City served three straight points to tie it. The Warriors had match point at 24-23 and 25-24 but Natalie Westhoff's tip tied it 25-all. It was tied 26-26 but Reed City got the next two with game point coming on a serve receive error against the Warriors. The come-from-behind victory gave the Coyotes life for the second game. Heather Tacey served eight straight points for a 23-15 lead and Jacolyn Mullins later had a tip for a 24-15 advantage. The Warriors netted three straight points but had an out of bounds hit to end the game. "Our serve receive may have been a little off but at the end of the day, it definitely got better," Reed said. "It started off shaky but we pulled it together." Mullins had an ace and three service points in helping her team get a 9-3 lead in the third game. Hannah Guy had a block and Samantha Morais had a tip for the Warriors to cut the Coyotes lead later in the game to 17-10. Reed City built a 23-16 lead and Bridget Crystal served two points for the Warriors. But Alaina Woodard's tip and Mullins' block ended the match for Reed City. "We did not talk," said Chippewa Hills coach Abby Snyder. "We did not communicate and that probably meant we had trouble moving our feet (Tuesday). They go hand in hand. If we struggle with one we'll suffer with the other. We can shake it off and we can move on. It's another new day in practice (today) to work on some new things." The first game was critical and Snyder pointed to a double touch call against her team as crucial. "We were having a heckuva first game and did what we needed to do," Snyder said. "What hurt that momentum was a terrible call at the end of the game. That hurt. That one call can affect the momentum. The girls have to learn to play with it." "That's a big game, that first one," Reed City coach Don Patterson added. "Volleyball is a huge momentum kind of game. Winning that first game, a lot of pressure is off. It's such a momentum type of game." Reed City was led by Mullins with an ace, 12 kills and 19 digs, while Reed had two kills, two blocks and two digs. Tacey finished with 13 digs, and 30 assists, Kayla Davis had 10 digs and an ace and Natalie Westhoff chipped in four kills, two blocks and eight digs. Karah Hensel added 12 digs and Woodard finished with six kills and two blocks. Reed City is 22-14 overall. "It's a big win, I think we maybe caught them on a down night," Patterson said. "I think we played well too. We had some first-game jitters. Then our passing started to kick in and we started to pass the ball to the target and got our hitters going a little bit." Hali Earl had 12 digs, Guy three blocks and Boerma 10 kills for the Warriors who are 23-6 overall. Saturday, Reed City is at Mount Pleasant while Chippewa Hills travels to St. Johns in tournament action.