REED CITY – Ally Yarger realizes the Reed City varsity volleyball team doesn’t have much experience this year. But it’s up to the Coyote junior, along with others, to come through and make some key contributions.

There are only two seniors and Yarger is looking to make key contributions at leftside hitter. Practices opened last Wednesday.

“We did passing serving, setting, pretty much everything,” she said, adding that a strength to her hitting is “snapping down,” and she’s been working on her placement and speed on the ball.

Summer was busy for Yarger, who now has to adjust to being a varsity hitter and playing smarter.

“I’m looking at passing a lot more,” Yarger said, adding that the team will keep improving as the year progresses. “I think our strongest (part) is defense.”

It’s a younger team but Yarger noted that she is familiar with most of the girls.

“Working hard, and being aggressive,” are among the keys Yarger mentioned for her team to have success.

The season opens Friday at the Ludington Invitational and continues Aug. 28 at the Cadillac Invitational. The home opener is Sept. 9 with Tri County, which is also the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) opener.

Yarger expects Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills to be among the toughest teams the Coyotes will face in the CSAA.