CLARE — Reed City’s volleyball team captured its first district title since 2003 in a 3-0 win over Chippewa Hills on Saturday.

The Coyotes defeated the Warriors 25-17, 25-20, 25-14 to advance to regional this week at Fremont High School.

After dropping a close match to the Warriors during the regular season, Reed City coach Don Patterson was pleased to see his team’s improvement throughout the season come to a head on Saturday.

“It’s really a testament to how hard these girls have worked,” he said. “We were playing really well during the summer, and then all of a sudden, (senior) Sami Michell went down with a torn ACL. We had to go back to the drawing board and the kids never felt sorry for themselves.”

Reed City was led by Jacolyn Mullins with 12 kills, 23 digs and four aces, while Heather Tacey added 24 assists and four aces.

Alaina Woodard had five kills and four blocks, Brittani Yarger had three aces, Emma Lockhart contributed 11 digs, one kill and one ace and Michaela Reed added five blocks and two kills.

Kalee Hensel chipped in 11 digs, one kill and an ace, Natalie Westhoff had seven blocks and four kills and Karah Hensel added five digs in the win.

Patterson said the Coyotes followed through with a good game plan that included shadowing Chippewa Hills star Hannah Guy.

“The biggest thing was probably the blocks for us,” he said. “Our middle (hitters) and right side did a really good job of taking away from what (Guy) did. She’s a great player, so you’re not going to stop her, but we wanted to minimize her damage.”

If the Coyotes defeated Belding at Fremont on Tuesday, they will play in Thursday’s regional finals.