REED CITY — Liza Emington is among the new players on the young Reed City volleyball team that is striving on making improvements this season.

She put in junior varsity time and is now on the varsity as a setter. She started in that position in her freshman season.

“(The coaches) told me I had good hands and they’d like to try me at setter,” Emington said.

She continues to make the transition to the varsity game.

“The varsity is a lot higher paced,” she said. “You’ve got a lot of different sets...different sets for different people.”

Emington acknowledged figuring out where to put the ball for each hitter can be a challenge.

“We’re doing pretty good,” she said.  “We’re getting use to the hitters.”

The other setter is Jordyn Storch.

“We have different styles,” Emington said. “The way the ball comes into your hands at the contact point is different for a lot of people.”

When it comes to setting, Emington would like to work on “pushing it out farther. Getting more height on the ball.”

She also serves.

The Coyotes play at Cadillac Saturday.

“We need to have a stronger offense,” she said. “We have a good solid defense right now. We need to work on finishing the ball.”

Being young “is a little bit of a challenge,” Emington said. “We want to get strong by the end of the season. Right now we’re working on basic stuff.”