REED CITY —  Reed City’s volleyball team was 1-1 in a double dual at McBain on Thursday.

The Coyotes defeated Grayling 25-20, 25-17 and lost to McBain 25-18, 25-21.

“I thought we played a little bit better,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We’re improving game by game. Being a young team, we need to play some games.”

For Reed City, Skiler Brigham had three aces and five kills; Alison Schermerhorn contributed four kills and 19 digs; Megan Borst had five aces and one kill; Hanna Price contributed two aces and 23 digs; Liza Emington had three digs and 11 assists; Jordyn Storch had one ace and eight assists; Brenna Westhoff had four aces and three kills; Megan Donley contributed three kills and Ally Yarger had seven aces, three kills and 12 digs.

“The serving was significantly better,” Patterson said. “Our defense has improved. Hanna Price had a good game again. Our offense has some work to do. It’s coming along. I was pleased with how they played.”

The Reed City team learned how to close in on a victory Tuesday night (Sept 9).

Now the young Coyotes have to learn how to close out the victory.

Reed City lost 3-0 to the Tri County Vikings in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division opener for both teams.

Tri County pulled out 26-24 and 25-23 wins in the first two games and then dominated the Coyotes 25-13 in the third set.

Reed City fell to 0-8 while Tri County is 5-4-1.

Tri County built the 25-24 lead in the first game and got the winning point on a block from Autumn Stearns. Price served two straight points for Reed City in the third game for a 14-12 lead. But the Vikings came back with Lena Thompson getting the critical ace and a kill. She had a kill for a 24-22 lead and then a tip for the winning point.

Madelyn Paulen’s kill gave Tri County command with a 16-4 lead in the third game which featured several Viking aces. Price had all three of her match aces in a row to cut the lead to 17-9. But Paulen served two straight aces for the winning game and match points.

“Some of that is (lack of experience,” Patterson said, referring to his team’s inability to close out the first two games. “We were playing well. Game three, I thought we played pretty good for the first half. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The kids played tough defense.”

Thompson had two kills to lead the Vikings.

“The girls implemented what we practiced all week,” Tri County coach Morgan Kehoe said.

Schermerhorn had five kills for Reed City while Brigham added four and Ally Yarger had three. Emington had 11 assists while Storch added two. Schermerhorn contributed 21 digs, followed by Price with 16, Yarger with seven and Meghan Borst with three.