Reed City drops thrilling volleyball match to Big Rapids

Reed City setter Rachel Van Syckle sets the ball against Big Rapids in volleyball action last week. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

Reed City setter Rachel Van Syckle sets the ball against Big Rapids in volleyball action last week. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY – The intensity was high in the Reed City gymnasium on Tuesday (Sept. 28) with Central State Activities Association Gold Division volleyball rival Big Rapids in town.

It came down to a 3-2 verdict with Big Rapids pulling out the 15-10 victory in the fifth game.

Big Rapids won the first game 25-16 and battled hard for a narrow 29-27 win in the second.

Both teams had their chances in a back-and-forth second game. Katelynn Holmes had some key plays at the net for Reed City. Brenna Mossel had some key service points for the visitors.

The Coyotes had a 27-26 lead but Big Rapids rallied for three straight points to take the win. Lucie Meurez had the winning service points for BR.

It was 25-16, Reed City, in the third set.

Trailing 2-0, Reed City struck back to control most of the third game and built a 20-9 lead. Kyleigh Weck had a key kill during the Coyote surge. Big Rapids rallied to cut it to 20-15 but the Coyotes pulled out the win.

Sensing the momentum turning, Reed City opened the fourth game with an 8-2 lead.

Kelsie Gorczewicz had a thundering kill for Big Rapids to cut it to 10-7. Brenna Mossel served Big Rapids to a 13-11 lead.

Reed City rallied to take an 18-14 lead. Izzy Fath served an ace to get BR back in the game. Demi Lodholtz had some key serves for a 24-19 Coyote lead and the hosts went on for the 25-20 win.

Mossel served Big Rapids to a 3-0 lead in the fifth game.

Reed City tied it 6-6 but Big Rapids led 8-6 on a service point from Fath. A Big Rapids tip sparked the Cards to a 12-7 lead. A Gorczewicz kill and service points from Jenna Williams made it 13-7. Reed City cut it to 13-10. An out of bounds RC serve made it 14-10 and Morgan Lawrence ended the match with an ace.

“I’m very proud of my girls tonight for not giving up and for coming out that fifth set ready to win,” Big Rapids coach Emily Van Culin said.

Meurez had 11 digs, Marissa Warren had 9 digs, and Gorczewicz had 18 kills.

It was BR’s first league win.

“The first two sets we held in there,” Williams said. “That last one we pulled together as a team.”

Reed City was led by Demi Lodholtz with four kills, two aces and three digs; Kyleigh Weck with 14 kills, two aces, two blocks and four digs; MaKena Hill with six kills, one ace and 11 digs; Madison Stellini with 10 assists, one and one dig; Rachael VanSycle with one ace 24 assists and seven digs; Katelynn Holmes with 12 kills, one ace four blocks, one assist and 16 digs; Kendell Henry with one kill and two digs; Rylie Shafer with five assists and 20 digs; Elizabeth Cockrell with two kills and 17 digs.

“I thought we worked really hard tonight and just couldn’t get over the hump,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We struggled a little on serve receive but we had our chances as well.”