Pine River sophomores helping out Bucks varsity volleyball team

LEROY — Sophomores Tailor Charles and Kyla Johnson have been making key contributions for the Pine River Bucks this season.

Charles is a sophomore for the Bucks. She’s a back row specialist and passer. She has seen improvement throughout the season.

“I’m getting my form right and getting to the ball,” she said, feeling that she’s improved “a lot” since practices started in August. I’m still trying to get better on my

serving.”

Charles played with the team over the summer and said she was able to fit in right away.

The team “is working together,” Charles said. “We hope to work together and talk more, have fun out there and enjoy the game.”

Johnson has been an outside hitter for the Bucks. She filled in for junior Kassy Nelson when Nelson suffered a recent injury. She usually has played middle hitter.

“It’s the position and my timing,” she said of the transition from middle to outside. “I think my strongest is middle, but I just started outside. I’m improving a lot.”

Johnson played with the team during the summer and right away saw some action.

“It took sometime but my team helped me through it,” Johnson said. “The movement of the whole game is a lot faster. I think I can it (the ball) well and in a good spot.”

The team “has had some ups and downs but when we’re up,” the Bucks are thriving, she indicated

“Lately we haven’t been doing as well as we did early in the season but we’re getting back up there,” Johnson said.

If the Bucks see state powerhouse Beal City in the districts, “we need to stay up with our positivity and our confidence,” Johnson said. “They’re a big team right now. We can beat them. We have to have the drive to win.”