Olds makes key play in Reed City volleyball win

REMUS — Reed City senior Alyssa Olds demonstrated on Tuesday (Oct. 3) how extra effort in situations that seem hopeless can be the difference between winning or losing.

Olds had the play of the night in the fifth game of a 3-2 Reed City Central State Activities Association Gold Division volleyball victory over Chippewa Hills.

In the final game, the two teams were battling hard and Reed City was clinging to a 13-12 lead. On the next play, Reed City lost control of the ball which was headed toward the Coyote bench and it appeared it would be 13-13. But Olds raced to the bench where she could still hit the ball and made a desperation swing to try to get it over the net. The ball hung on top of the net and just fell over safely on Chippewa Hills’ side for the Reed City point.

The Coyotes notched the next point to take the 25-17, 17-25, 25-9, 17-25, 15-12 victory.

“We mentioned to the girls if you work hard, good things will happen sometimes,”’ Reed City Don Patterson said. “She takes that all the way out and some don’t think she has a chance. But she works hard and touches it and you have the play of the game. That one point made a difference.”

Reed City is 5-16-1 overall and 2-3 in the CSAA Gold.

“We do a lot of things similar to Chippewa Hills,” Reed city coach Don Patterson said. “They serve the ball really well.”

Alison Duddles had five blocks and Jenna Johnson two for the Coyotes. Storch had four aces and 23 assists. Duddles had 10 kills while Rushford had six and Mady Brown four. Rushford had 17 digs, Storch 15, Brown 14 and Kiera Barker and Olds had 13 apiece.

“Both teams are pretty even,” Chippewa Hills coach CJ Blaha said. “We had our runs and they had their runs. They took it to us in the third game after we tied it up 1-1. The fourth game things go back on track for us. The fifth game, it’s a tossup and could have gone either way. Then they had that crazy play at the end.”

Rhianna Hayes had 16 kills for the Warriors while Sydney Wright had eight. Payton Ethridge had 22 digs.

Reed City was home Tuesday against Big Rapids and wll be at Central Montcalm on Tuesday.