Reed City at Big Rapids on Saturday

REED CITY — Reed City’s volleyball team resumes action this week and will be at the Big Rapids Invitational on Saturday.

Meanwhile, both teams were hungry for a win on Tuesday when Big Rapids faced Reed City in a nonleague volleyball match.

Neither team had won yet this season, but the Cardinals and Coyotes went at it in typical rivalry fashion with Reed City prevailing 25-20, 15-25, 15-10.

The hosts pulled out to a 21-16 lead in the first game and Meghan Borst’s kill produced the winning point.

But Dakota Young served Big Rapids to a 4-0 lead in the second game. Madelin Mora’s block gave Reed City some momentum with Big Rapids ahead 8-6. But Young served six points later in the game for an 18-10 lead to put Big Rapids in control.

Ayanna Owens had a block for a 22-12 Cardinal advantage and Big Rapids notched its 25th point on a Reed City serving error.

But Coyote setter Jordyn Storch turned the tables by serving Reed City to a 4-0 lead in the third game. Big Rapids’ Mackaela Klever served two aces for a 6-6 tie. Storch and Alissa Duddles combined for a block for a 13-8 lead. A Big Rapids hitting error for the 15th point.

“I am happy with the effort that was given,” Big Rapids coach Chelsea Nelson said. “We were able to dig ourselves out of a hole after the first game. As a coach, it was something I was happy with. We played well together.”

In earlier action, McBain beat Big Rapids (0-10-1) 25-15, 25-17 and swept Reed City (1-5-0) 25-17, 25-16.

“I thought we improved as the night went on,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “It’s early season and you see a lot of teams struggling to find consistency. We’re a young team and saw improvement, especially from some of our youngsters.”

For Reed City, Borst had seven kills, two blocks and 12 digs; Madalynn Brown had 11 digs and one ace; Alexis Van Eck four digs and one kill; Kiera Barker four digs; Storch four aces, one kill, 13 digs and 23 assists; Sidni Rushford six kills and four digs; Madelin Mora one block two aces, three digs and three kills; Alyssa Olds two aces and 27 digs and Alison Duddles three kills and three blocks.

“It’s always fun to beat your big rival,” Patterson said. “The kids get up for that. It’s a fun game to play and a fun game to coach.”