Reed City, Pine River girls falter in PR invitational

LEROY – Johannesburg-Lewiston ruined both Reed City and Pine River’s plans to go after a volleyball title on Saturday.

J-L defeated Reed City in the quarterfinals and Pine River in the semifinals of the Pine River Invitational.

In pool play, the Bucks defeated Suttons Bay 25-22, 25-9, Reed City 25-20, 25-21 and Maple City Glen Lake 25-4, 25-8. Pine River swept Traverse City Christian in the quarterfinals.

Along with losing to Pine River in pool play, the Coyotes defeated Suttons Bay 25-17, 25-9 and lost to Greenville 25-11, 25-18.

The Coyotes started out promising against J-L with a 25-18 victory in the first game and and almost took the second before succumbing 26-24 and stumbled in the third game 15-4.

Heather Tacey had 57 assists and nine aces for Reed City while Jacolyn Mullins followed with 19 kills, six aces and 46 digs and Alaina Woodward contributed five kills and six blocks. Brittany Yarger had five aces. Michaela Reed had 14 kills and four blocks while Kaylee Hensel contributed 42 digs. Natalie Westhoff had 13 kills and five blocks and Karah Hensel added four kills.

“I think we continue to improve,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “There are stretches when we do really good and still some stretches of being a young team with a little bit of tentativeness and those young mistakes that we’re making. Overall, we played pretty decent. Emma didn’t play early in the day and we lost that chemistry so it takes some time.”

Patterson noted that Lockhart, a senior, was taking academic tests during the morning and couldn’t make some pool play action.

“I’m pretty happy with where we’re at,” he said.

“When we got down, we didn’t play like we should have,” Woodard said. “Everybody has off days and we had an off day today.”

Pine River, lost 25-17 and 25-13 to Johannesburg-Lewiston. It was a tough ending to what had been a strong day for the Bucks.

“Earlier in the day, during pool play, we were doing well, but we sat and didn’t come out strong, especially in that last game,” said senior Mariah Holmes. “We weren’t meshing well as a team.”

“The speed of our game was slow,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “We lost some intensity. We had a long wait in-between games and didn’t take advantage of that wait.”

Dennis was happy with the way the Bucks had played prior to the final match.

“(The final match) was not what we had expected or hoped for,” she said.

Reed City is 9-8 and is home Wednesday against Holton for Central State Activities Association action.