Reed City girls fall to Big Rapids in district semifinals

CADILLAC — Reed City’s volleyball season ended on Thursday in a 3-0 loss to Big Rapids in the Class B district semifinals.

The scores were 25-14, 25-19, 25-16.

For the Coyotes, Meghan Borst had five kills, one block, three aces, 11 digs; Alyssa Olds had 11 digs; Jordyn Storch had 11 assists; Sidni Rushford had four kills and four digs; Madelin Mora had a kill and block; Allison Obermeier had two aces and six digs; Alexis Van Eck had two blocks and four digs and Kierra

Barker had four digs.

“The kids played really hard,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We improved all year. A couple of breaks here and there could have made a difference.”

On Nov. 1, Reed City volleyball took the first step to redeeming a tough season with a win over Manistee in the district quarterfinals.

The Coyotes, who came into the game with only two wins on the season, won after dominating the Chippewas over three sets at 25-6, 25-14 and 25-10.

“I thought we played well,” Patterson said. “We executed our game plan. We changed up a couple things to prepare specifically for them. The kids really executed the plan.”

Reed City took control early in the game with a couple of long serving streaks to pull ahead in the first to win by a 19-point margin.

“We didn’t come out quite as strong as I was hoping we would,” Manistee coach April Yates said. “This game has a lot to do with momentum and we didn’t have that as much as we normally do. They were good with their serve receive and that’s where we usually build momentum.”

Manistee was more competitive in the second set by only trailing 16-12, but a 9-2 run put the game away.

“We picked it up a little bit,” Yates said. “You saw some moments where we did have momentum. We’re a short team so we have to play at 110 percent on every play.”

The Chippewas jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the final set before the Coyotes crushed all hope with a 16-point scoring streak to pull ahead.

“I thought our serve really pushed them around on what they wanted to do,” Patterson said. “We didn’t let them get into any type of rhythm and defensively we did a good job of getting the ball back into our setter’s hands.”

Reed City hasn’t had much success throughout the season, but one of its three wins came against Big Rapids, who the Coyotes played in the finals

“We’ve been competitive with Big Rapids,” Patterson said prior to the match. “We beat them real early in the year and haven’t been close with them later in the year. It’s a rivalry game and sometimes records just go out the window.”

Patterson was hoping his team continues playing the way they have to potentially turn the season around.

“It doesn’t matter what your record was coming in. It’s about how you’re playing now,” he said.

Sportswriter Brian Fogg also contributed to this report.