Michell finishes strong junior volleyball season

REED CITY — Sami Michell had more double duty in her third season on the Reed City volleyball team but was able to get the job done.

Coyote coach Don Patterson has lauded Michell for her efforts as a hitter. Michell continued to set, as she did in previous years. But with hitters from last year’s team having graduated, Michell took on more of a role as an attacker.

“I was always the setter all the way around,” Michell said. “This year, when I was in the front row, I played a middle. I really liked it. It was a good changeup. It’s kind of exciting when you can get kills and stuff. As a setter, you get the ball to other hitters so they can get the kills.

“I feel I was hitting it pretty hard.”

Michell also worked hard at the service line and indicated she had a strong season serving but might have struggled later on.

“Mentally, I’d get really nervous,” she said.

When she was in the back row, Michell set.

“Actually, I feel I may have been a little better that at this year,” she said.

The season ended on Oct. 31 with a 3-2 loss to Fremont in the districts.

“I would have liked it if we would have done a little better,” Michell said. “We got a lot better towards the end of the season. That’s all you can ask.”

Beating Big Rapids was a team highlight.

“At the end, when we beat White Cloud, that was definitely a big win,” Michell said.

Fremont went on to beat Big Rapids, after defeating the Coyotes, but lost to Grant in the district finals.

“It was frustrating because they played a lot better in that game than they did against Grant,” Michell said. “They hardly missed any serves against us but (against Grant) they missed serves.”

The Coyotes graduate one senior this season.

“We should improve a lot,” Michell said. “A lot of girls, especially our sophomores … I feel they should improve a lot.”

Michell, a three-event state champion in track last spring, plans to focus her winter efforts on indoor track. She has decided not to play basketball this winter. She’s not sure yet if she’ll be playing AAU volleyball.

The volleyball season ended much quicker than the Reed City Coyotes would have preferred.

The season concluded on Oct. 31 with a 3-2 loss to Fremont in the opening round of the districts.

“Overall, I was really happy,” said Patterson. “We’re a young team. The young kids, the sophomores and juniors improved all year.”

Jordyn Mason, a senior is the only player who won’t be returning next season.

The team improved as the season progressed, Patterson indicated.

“We showed significant improvement,” Patterson said, “We got better as the year went on.”

EVART

Evart’s volleyball season ended with a 3-0 loss to Shelby at Morley Stanwood on Nov. 2.

“They were pretty strong,” said Evart coach Cindy Zielinski. “They’re a pretty well put together team.”

The Wildcats had their ups and down, Zielinski said.

“Overall, I think the girls were happy with how we ended our season at the (league) tournament,” Zielinski said. “Toward the end, they kind of put it together. (At the league tourney ), we played Pine River first and really gave them a battle. We ended up beating Marion who we lost to in conference. We played better that day than we had previously.”