Reed City hitter wants to make senior season special

Christina Malackanich hopes to help Coyotes be contender

Reed City's Christina Malackanich goes up for the ball during a past volleyball season.

Reed City's Christina Malackanich goes up for the ball during a past volleyball season.

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REED CITY – Christina Malackanich has proven herself to be among the most talented female athletes in the area and hopes to continue to prove that for the Reed City Coyotes during the volleyball season.

Malackanich and the Coyotes recently concluded the summer season in preparation of the 2022 campaign.

It’s her senior season with the Coyotes.

“The last few years have gone pretty well,” she said. “I think this year we have more chemistry with each other than we have in previous years. I think we’ll be better that way. The last couple of years, we worked well together and we had talent.”

Malackanich, a middle hitter, focused a lot of time on volleyball and basketball. At the volleyball summer camps, “I’ve been focusing on improving like on blocking, and little things,” she said. “I play back row now. I never played back row before.”

As a hitter, Malackanich has usually focused on placement. She’s also been a server. “You just have to look for the open spot,” she said. “You have to know where to put it.”

The season starts with practices on Monday and tournaments will begin in mid-August.

“It looks like we’ll be pretty good,” Malackanich said. “I think we have good chemistry as a team and we have talent. We did lose some key players but I think we brought up some who can help us.”

She anticipates hitting will be a strength for the Coyotes.

Having an active summer was important, Malackanich said. She also plays soccer in the spring but said basketball is her favorite sport.

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