Goodman gave Pine River key lift at net this season

LEROY — KayLee Goodman last week ended a unique sophomore season for the Pine River volleyball program.

Goodman was a force at the net this season for the Bucks. She basically was happy with the team’s overall performance.

“There are times where we lacked our communication and that’s a really big problem,” she said.

One of the top wins for the Bucks during the season was a non-league dual victory over Reed City.

“We played real good against Elk Rapids in a tournament,” Goodman said. “Communication is a really big thing for everyone.”

Goodman was hopeful the team could continue to improve in the final weeks of the season leading into the districts. She had nine kills and 21 digs in a dual match against Calvary Christian and Hesperia. Pine River lost to McBain in the district semifinals last week.

It was a challenging season for Goodman considering she was coming off a severe right-eye injury in May after being struck with a foul ball in the stands while watching a baseball game. She lost considerable vision in her right eye, but still came back for preseason practices in August and played the entire season.

Goodman, who wears safety glasses to protect her eyes while playing, indicated the injury had no significant ramifications in her performance this season. She had to adjust to wearing the glasses, but indicated she was able to perform on the court as she has in past seasons.