Reed City first-year volleyball players testing their skills

REED CITY  — Reed City’s volleyball team has been working with young players this season, including Madelin Mora, a junior, and Alison Duddles, a freshman.

It’s Mora’s first varsity season after two years of junior varsity. She’s a rightside hitter for the varsity. For the JVs, she played the middle spot.

“I don’t block as much (this season),” Mora said. “(The varsity level) involves a lot harder hits.” 

The transition continues to the varsity level.

She’ll still be blocking and said the key to success in that area is “jumping up high and hitting it,” Mora said, adding the key to good hitting is “snapping my wrists.”

Mora worked on her volleyball during the summer.

“We’re a close team,” she said. “I think we’re pretty good all-around.”

She anticipated being nervous going into her first season, but the Coyotes have four weeks under the belts. They’re at the Glen Lake Invitational on Saturday.

Duddles is 5-feet 11-inches” and the team’s tallest player. She’s coming off junior high volleyball. At the end of tryouts, she was moved up to varsity.

“I was excited,” she said. “I was looking forward to playing with the older girls. It’s fun.”

The increased intensity of varsity volleyball would be a major challenge, Duddles predicted. Summer ball and preseason work would get her ready, she added.

Duddles played middle hitter in junior high and is still at that spot.

“I block a lot,” she said. “And I hit quite a lot.”

Timing is the key to strong blocking, Duddles said. For hitting, it’s a matter of “calling for it and attacking,” she added. “I hope to get better at my passing and my serving.”

Talking and communicating will be the key for her team in every match, Duddles said.