REED CITY -- Michaela Reed is having a strong junior season for Reed City and that’s good news for the Coyotes in their 2012 volleyball season.

The Coyotes were off to a 1-0 start in the Central State Activities Association thanks to a 3-1 victory last week over Big Rapids.

Reed, a junior, is usually a middle hitter. She said ‘talking” was a big key in her team’s win over Big Rapids.

It was “awesome, the best” Reed smiled, when asked how sweet it was to beat Big Rapids.

It’s Reed’s second varsity season with the team.

“Things went really good last year,” she said. “We played really well as a team. We didn’t make it very far in the end as we wanted to but we did well.”

Reed also played AAU volleyball in preparation for this season. She’s serving this season.

“I’m doing a lot better at hitting and blocking,” she said. “It’s timing and strength.”

Reed is optimistic the way her team has gotten off for the 2012 season.

“I think we’re going far this season,” she said. “We have a lot of people from the JVs but they’re very experienced.”

Senior hitter Sami Michell is out for the season with a knee injury. Reed has been filling in at the middle in Michell’s absence.

“I think we’ll go really far,” Reed said. “We played well as a team. As long as we keep doing what we’re doing, I expect us to go far.”