Reed City girls sweep Hesperia

REED CITY — Reed  City’s volleyball team was like a finely tuned machine Wednesday night in a 3-0 sweep over Central State Activities Association foe Hesperia.

The Coyotes won the first two games handily 25-8, 25-10 and offset a brief Panther surge in the third set for a 25-14 win.

Karah Hensel and Heather Tacey scored aces to boost Reed City to a 17-6 lead in the first game en route to the easy victory. Kayla Davis served the Coyotes to a 4-0 lead in the second game. Davis served two aces late in the game to fuel the Coyotes to the 25th point.

Hesperia had a 13-12 lead in the third game before Reed City put together a 13-1 run. Mullins served the last eight points.

“We worked a little different lineup in,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We were able to get a lot of kids in. We did some mix and match and threw kids in position they’re not normally used to to see how they would react.”

For Reed City, Michaela Reed had two aces, five kills, one block and five digs; Alison Schermerhorn added one kill and six digs and Skiler Brigham had a kill and dig.

Mullins contributed three aces, seven kills and 14 digs; Tacey contributed four kills, six digs and 31 assists; Kayla Davis added two aces one kill and 11 digs; Natalie Westhoff collected two kills, two blocks and one dig; Karah Hensel had a kill and nine digs and Alaina Woodard added 16 kills, one block and one digs.

“We played as a team,” Westhoff said. “Our passes were on, our blocks were on.”

“We weren’t making many errors at all and hitting pretty well and serving pretty well, “Woodard said. “That helped us a lot.”

Mullins’ jump serves were intimidating for Hesperia in the final game.

“We want to push her at the end of the year to be more aggressive with that,” Patterson said. “She’s been a little dinged up so she hasn’t jump served as much as she did early last year but we want to push that. (The ball) comes faster and drops quicker. It depends on the skill level of some passers. For the most part, Jackie has quite a bit of success with that.”

The Coyotes are 25-17-1 overall and 6-1 in the league.

“We’re focusing on tightening up our offense and defense and working better on our serve receive,” Westhoff said.

“Our middles are really coming along,” Patterson said. “Alaina Woodard is finding some confidence and is impressive with her approach.”

Reed City plays at Central Montcalm this Wednesday.