Johnson giving Pine River key production at the net


LEROY — Kyla Johnson is a junior on the Pine River volleyball team, whom the Bucks will be looking at to make key contributions throughout the 2014 season.

Johnson played a key role in the team’s 3-0 success in a quad at Pine River on Aug. 25.

This marks Johnson’s second season on the varsity. The 2013 season “went pretty well,” she recalled. “We had some issues, but overall, I think we got over them.”

Johnson was a middle hitter last season. She switches between middle and outside this fall.

“I feel like I can take the job,” she said.

Johnson and her teammates played an extensive amount of volleyball during the summer.

“It helped us get to know each other before the season,” she said.

Johnson likes to use her quickness on the court.

“I’m quick, I can get there and I’m pretty reliable,” she said.

Pine River resumes action Saturday at the Kingsley Invitational and plays at Manistee Sept. 9. The Pine River Invitational is Sept. 13.

“I think we have a lot of potential,” Johnson said. “We look really good. Depending on the day, our communication is up and down. We have pretty good talent. It’s just playing together.”

The Bucks still have a relatively young squad, she pointed out, but can keep improving.

“Right now, we’re shooting to win districts,” she said. “We can get there. It’s a good goal. We’re working on improving every single day.”

The Bucks also hope to be a factor in the Highland Conference. McBain and Beal City are expecting to be among the league powers this season.