Mohawks outlast Coyotes

Reed City's Kayla Davis (riight) hits a shot while Karah Hensel (10) and Jacolyn Mullins prepare to react in last week's match against Morley Stanwood. (Herald Review photo/Greg Buckner)
Reed City’s Kayla Davis (riight) hits a shot while Karah Hensel (10) and Jacolyn Mullins prepare to react in last week’s match against Morley Stanwood. (Herald Review photo/Greg Buckner)

REED CITY —  A 3-0 victory might look like an easy win on a scoresheet, but Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch knows nothing comes easy in the Central State Activities Association.

So even though the Mohawks came away with a 3-0 road victory over Reed City last Wednesday, Kozuch said she wasn’t surprised that they had to battle for every point against the Coyotes.

“We’ve played (Reed City) one time earlier in the season and we know that they’re very scrappy and they go up for every ball,” Kozuch said. “I knew they were a quality team and we would have to come in and play well (Wednesday).”

Reed City coach Don Patterson said he expected a hard-fought contest against the Mohawks.

“Morley’s good and they do things the right way,” he said. “We always have good matches and always seem to have a nice game with them when we play them.”

The Mohawks raced out to a 19-15 lead in the first set but the Coyotes went on a 5-1 run to knot the score at 20-20. Morley Stanwood answered back by going on a 5-2 run to close out the set for a 25-22 set

victory.

Morley Stanwood built up a 24-14 lead in the second set but the Coyotes fought right back with a 4-0 run to trim the deficit to 24-18 before Morley was able to secure the 25-19 set victory.

Reed City came out firing in the third set to gain a 6-3 advantage but the Mohawks battled back to force an 8-8 tie. The Mohawks built up a 17-11 advantage only to have Reed City go on an 8-4 run to pull the score to 21-19 before Morley Stanwood closed out the Coyotes with a 4-1 run to take the third and final set by a score of 25-20.

Despite the final outcome, Patterson said he was proud of the way the Coyotes kept fighting back.

“I’m really happy the girls kept playing hard,” he said. “But I expect that, though. I expect us to be intense and focused and for the most part, we have been.”

Michaela Reed had two aces on the night for the Coyotes to go with her four kills, three blocks and two digs while Heather Tacey dished out 20 assists and had six digs, Jacolyn Mullins had 14 digs and six kills and Natalie Westhoff tallied eight digs, four kills and three blocks.

After a hard-fought loss last Wednesday, Patterson said he knows things won’t get any easier as the Coyotes make their way through CSAA play.

“Our conference is really tough,” he said. “There’s five or six teams that are really solid from top to bottom. On any given night, anyone can have a really solid game.”

Reed City (9-7, 1-1) is at Holton today.