Reed City falls in semifinals at Mount Pleasant Invitational

REED CITY — Reed City’s volleyball team lost in the semifinals of the Mount Pleasant invitational on Saturday.

The Coyotes split with Traverse City St. Francis 25-18, 22-25, swept Sanford-Meridian 25-15, 25-11, lost to St. Louis 25-21, 26-24 and to Walled lake Central 25-14, 25-14. The Coyotes then advanced to the quarterfinals of its division and beat Flushing 26-24, 12-25, 25-14. In the semifinals to St. Louis, Reed City lost 25-15, 25-15.

For the Coyotes, it was Mikayla Reed with one ace, 12 kills, 10 blocks and seven digs, Alison Schermerhorn with two kills, one block and seven digs, Jacolyn Mullins with three aces, 32 kills, two blocks and 62 digs, Heather Tacey with five aces, eight kills, four blocks, 24 digs and 88 assists, Skiler Brigham with four digs, Brett Yarger with seven aces, Kayla Davis with seven aces three kills and 39 digs, Natalie Westhoff with 10 kills, 10 blocks and 36 digs, Karah Hensel one kill and 40 digs and Alaina Woodard with 24 kills, eight blocks and seven digs.

Meanwhile, two of the Central State Activities Association top volleyball teams tested their talents against each other on Tuesday (Oct. 8) with Reed City sneaking past Chippewa Hills 28-26, 25-18, 25-19.

Both teams are now 5-1 in the Central State Activities Association standings.

“It was definitely awesome,” said Reed. “We all worked together. We love each other, we’re family.”

The Coyotes staged a rally to take the critical first game. Rachel Boerma’s block gave the Warriors a 23-19 lead and later it was 24-21. Reed City served three straight points to tie it. The Warriors had match point at 24-23 and 25-24 but Westhoff’s tip tied it 25-all. It was tied 26-26 but Reed City got the next two with game point coming on a serve receive error against the Warriors.

The come-from-behind victory gave the Coyotes life for the second game. Heather Tacey served eight straight points for a 23-15 lead and Jacolyn Mullins later had a tip for a 24-15 advantage. The Warriors netted three straight points but had an out of bounds hit to end the game.

Mullens had an ace and three service points in helping her team get a 9-3 lead in the third game. Reed City built a 23-16 lead and Bridget Crystal served two points for the Warriors. But Woodard’s tip and Mullins’ block ended the match for Reed City.

“That’s a big game, that first one,” Reed City coach Don Patterson added. “Volleyball is a huge momentum kind of game. Winning that first game, a lot of pressure is off. It’s such a momentum type of game.”

Reed City was led by Mullins with an ace, 12 kills and 19 digs, while Reed had two kills, two blocks and two digs. Tacey finished with 13 digs, and 30 assists, Davis had 10 digs and an ace and Westhoff chipped in four kills, two blocks and eight digs. Hensel added 12 digs and Woodard finished with six kills and two blocks.

Reed City is 24-17-1 overall.

“It’s a big win, I think we maybe caught them on a down night,” Patterson said. “I think we played well too. We had some first-game jitters. Then our passing started to kick in and we started to pass the ball to the target and got our hitters going a little bit.”

Wednesday night, Reed City is home against Hesperia in CSAA action.