REED CITY – Reed City’s volleyball team entered October after a strong finish last month and with hopes of a strong finish toward the rest of the season.

Junior Karah Hensel likes the way her team has been playing, including a 3-1 win in Central State Activities Association victory recently over Lakeview.

Hitting and serve receiving have been improving in recent matches for the Coyotes. Intensified hitting drills have been paying off, she indicated.

“We hit decent,” Hensel said after the Lakeview match, adding the key to hitting is more accuracy.

Hensel has been a back row specialist for the Coyotes.

“I usually am rightside defense and get close to the net and get all the tips,” Hensel said. “I feel that I get to the tips very well and don’t let a lot of them drop.”

It’s her first season on the varsity.

“It’s a lot faster game and a lot more intense,” she said.

Hensel had been working on improving her serving and serve receive.

“I’m working on getting it over more,”she said. “As I keep going, I try to go for certain spots.”

On serve receive, “I’m trying to position my hips where my setter Heather (Tacey) is and make a good pass,” Hensel said. “I did all right (in a recent match) when I serve received.”

The Coyotes have been playing his season without senior Sami Mitchell, out the entire season with an anterior crucaite ligament knee injury.

“That makes a difference,” Hensel said. “I feel like we’ve improved a lot and right now we’re better than we were last year.”

Defense has been strong for Reed City, Hensel noted, and cutting down on errors will be crucial in upcoming matches.

“Serving is a big part of our game too,” she said. “We have to get our serves in.”