Reed City junior setter caps off sparkling season

Rachel VanSyckle



Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – It was a strong junior volleyball season for Reed City setter Rachael Van Syckle.

In one quad late in the season with Reed City sweeping White Cloud 25-10 25-16 and Benzie Central 26-24, 25-21 and losing to Kingsley 25-17, 25-17, VanSyckle had one of her best nights of the season with 29 assists and five digs, plus two kills and two aces.

“Rachael had a stat line of 23 kills, 33 aces, 565 assists and 252 digs,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “Racheal was a very consistent setter for us and developed into a soft spoken leader as the year progressed. Her intensity and drive were valuable assets to our team.”

Van Syckle recalls various highlights during the season including a nonleague over arch-rival Big Rapids at BR.

“The goal is always to win,” Van Syckle said. “But if we can say we had our best effort and got better with the season, that’s the most important thing.”

The Coyotes took Chippewa Hills to five games before losing 3-2 in a district semifinal match which ended the season.

Volleyball has been Van Sycle’s main sport at Reed City.

“I like that it’s a team sport and it’s based off of that” Van Syckle said.

The Coyotes graduated several seniors from this year’s team. Van Syckle is one of four juniors returning along with Emma Emmorey, Kendell Henry, and Olivia Moore, plus sophomores Kyleigh Weck and Christina Malackanich.