Reed City falls to Big Rapids in district championship match

REMUS — The Big Rapids High School volleyball team defeated Reed City, 3-0, on Thursday night at Chippewa Hills High School to complete a perfect 6-0 sweep in district play and pick up a Class B district championship. 

Big Rapids took the first set 25-17.

The Cardinals came out on fire in the second set, running out to a 6-0 lead before Reed City could muster a point. It was 25-14 in the second.

“They were able to get ahead in all three of those games,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “They were then able to pick up their serving intensity and you can take a little more chances when you’ve got a lead, and when you don’t you tend to be a little more tentative and that was the difference. They served a little better and played a little tougher than us (Thursday). I think that was the big difference.”

Reed City fell behind 16-10 in the third game. The Coyotes fought back late in the set with three kills from Ally Yarger, but the Cardinals were simply too tough, taking the 25-18 third-set victory. 

Alison Schermerhorn led the Coyotes with 20 digs, two aces and five blocks, while Skiler Brigham added five kills and two blocks. Hanna Price chipped in 14 digs, while Jordyn Storch put up 10 assists, one ace and five digs.

Coyotes scored a 3-0 victory over Clare in Wednesday’s semifinal round 25-18, 25-17, 25-18.

The Pioneers made things interesting in the third game, going on a run of their own to cut a Coyote lead to 22-17, but Patterson called a timeout to calm his squad down as it looked to punch a ticket to the district final.

“I just said that we need to make one good pass here and we talked about what our offense was and made sure that we knew who we were going to hit,” he said. “We got a ball to Megan Donley and said let’s get her a good ball to hit and she put it away.”

The shot by Donley sparked a 3-1 finish by the Coyotes to take the third set.

Schermerhorn contributed nine aces, four kills and 20 digs in the contest while Yarger added 10 kills, 16 digs and two aces. Liza Emington and Storch dished out 15 and 12 assists, respectively. Price added 20 digs and Donley and Brigham chipped in six kills apiece.

“Our serve received has really, really stepped up in the last few weeks,” Patterson said after the Clare game. “Hanna Price and Alison Schermerhorn are just passing really well right now. Volleyball is just a game of serve and serve receive.”