Pine River volleyball player posts successful freshman season


LEROY — It was quite a season for KayLee Goodman with the Pine River volleyball team.

But Goodman, a freshman on the varsity, was hoping it would get even better as the team headed into the final stretch of the regular season.

She’s been on the varsity for the entire season.

Goodman and the Bucks played some strong competition at the recent Morley Stanwood Invitational in gearing up for a challenging stretch of the season.

“I think we started off really good,” she said. “Overall, I think we did good.”

It was a long day, starting at 9 a.m. and ending around 5 p.m. for the Bucks.

“But I think we got stronger,” Goodman said.

She found out just before the season started she would be on the varsity. It was happy news, but Goodman realized it would be a challenging transition going straight from the junior high to varsity.

“It was very hard,” she said. “It’s the speed of it.”

Goodman mostly played outside and worked on her hitting, particularly the speed. She’s been able to get more speed on her hits and said how she jumps is a key in that respect. She also worked on her passing to get her hands in the right position.

The Bucks played well overall, Goodman said, adding that three wins over arch-rival Reed City were among the highlights. Getting ready to play their best for the district was a main goal.

The Bucks advanced to the district final but lost to McBain.