Reed City defeats Manistee in district action

Mackenzie Wein serves the ball for Reed City against Manistee on Monday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Mackenzie Wein serves the ball for Reed City against Manistee on Monday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS -- It was the first time this season Reed City has seen Manistee in volleyball action on Monday and the Coyotes came out with a 3-0 win over the Chippewas in a first-round Division 2 district match.

The Coyotes will play Benzie Central at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Big Rapids High School in a semifinal game.

"I thought there was a lot of effort tonight," Reed City coach Don Patterson said

"We played with a lot of effort. We served really well, they served well. We did a good of a job of getting the ball up.

It wasn't our best pasing game but it was a good passing game."

Reed City raced out to huge leads in each game but had to hang on, including in the first, which the Coyotes won 26-24. Manistee rallied to tie the second game 20-20.

But Madelyn Brown had two service points and Mackenzie Wein had a kill for a 23-20 lead. Alison Duddles had a tip for the winning point.

The Coyotes led throughout the third game.

A Katelynn Holmes block gave the Coyotes a 14-9 lead. Manistee narrowed it to 19-14 and Rylie Olds served four straight points. A net error on Manistee produced the 25th and match point for Reed City.

"We had to put the pressure on them offensively," Patterson said.

"Defensively, they cover the court well. They're going to put the ball in play to try to have you make mistakes."

For the Coyotes in kills, leaders were Wein (11) and Brown (5). Digs leaders were Brown (29), Wein (20), Duddles (17) and Holmes (14). Olds had 11 assists and Duddles eight. Brown and Maddie Morgan both had four aces. Olds had two. Demi Lodholtz had two blocks and Duddles one.

"The key was having a good serve and our passing was good tonight," Morgan said.

Coyotes lost to Benzie Central 3-0 at home late in the regular season.

"We'll have to run our offense better than we have," Patterson said.

"I think it's anybody's game. We'll have to serve as well as we did tonight and play defense as well as we did tonight."

Reed City played at Central Montcalm at a Saturday invitational to end the regular season.

"We had to adjust our lineup a little with one of our primaries out and I thought some kids stepped up as we put them in new positions," Patterson said.

Duddles led the Coyotes with 11 kills and 11 blocks, while the combination of Brown and Holmes had 10 kills and 26 digs, and 11 kills and 33 digs respectively.