Reed City girls defeat Lakeview

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls volleyball team squeaked out an exciting nonleague win over Lakeview 3-1 on Monday.

Reed City won the first game 18-25, lost the second 25-19, and took the next two 25-22, 30-28.

Megan Donley had four digs, 30 digs, three aces and a block; Alexis VanEyk contributed two blocks; Meghan Borst contributed seven kills, four digs and three blocks; Hanna Price added five kills, 21 digs and four aces; Liza Emington compiled nine kills, 10 digs, two aces and 17 assists; Jordyn Storch added 16 assists, one kill, six digs, one ace; Sidni Rushford had an ace; Ally Yarger had 24 digs, two kills and one ace and Alyssa Olds had 17 digs.

“The fourth game was a seesaw affair all the way through,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “It was back and forth, the crowd was into it. It was a lot of fun. they kept it together, clawed through and found a way to win.”

Reed City is 5-13. The Coyotes played Saturday at the Cadillac Invitational and had a 2-2 record. Reed City beat Central Lake (25-14, 20-25, 15-7) and Hopkins (25-21, 25-21). The Coyotes lost to Mount Pleasant (25-14, 28-26 and Leland (25-18, 19-25, 15-9).

Reed City played well enough to win its Central State Activities Association Gold Division volleyball match over Newaygo Tuesday night (Sept. 15).

But the Coyotes couldn’t make enough clutch plays and fell 3-1 to the Lions.

Reed City took the first game 27-25, but Newaygo won the next three 25-19, 25-21, 28-26.

The Coyotes fell to 0-2 in the league.

“We’re getting closer,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We’re still clawing and scratching and fighting for every point. We’re trying to get over that hump. As long as they keep fighting for every point like that, we still have a chance to be pretty good by the end of the year.”

Reed City got off to a 6-1 lead in the first game, but later fell behind 24-20. Liza Emington’s tip, followed by four service points from Meghan Borst put Reed City up 25-24. Donley would get the tip for the 27th point.

Newaygo dominated the second game and scored the 25th point on a net error by Reed City. The Coyotes had an 18-14 lead in the third game but Newaygo started controlling the net. Two straight aces from Riley Knight gave the Lions the winning points.

An ace by Donley gave Reed City a 19-13 lead in the fourth game, but Newaygo scored seven unanswered points. Reed City took a 26-25 lead on a kill by Ally Yarger, but the Lions netted the next three points to end the match.

“Defensively we played good, offensively we need to work on more execution,” Yarger said. “We need more kills.”

“We served well and passed really well I thought,” Patterson said. “Our passing is really getting close. We still have to find a little more offense. The kids have to step up, and I think they will.”

Donley had 15 aces and Yarger had three for the Coyotes while Donley collected 11 kills, Price nine and Emington eight. Yarger had 41 digs and Price 31. Borst and  VanEck had two blocks apiece.

“They have to want that ball to get into their hands by the end of the game and be that kid to get that winning kill,” Patterson said.

“We had good passes and that’s what sets up good hits and sets,” VanEck said.

Reed City plays at Pine River on Thursday.