Reed City junior sparking Coyotes in hitting, passing

Kayla Davis
Kayla Davis

REED CITY — Kayla Davis had a productive day at a Saturday invitational for the Reed City volleyball team and is hoping the Coyotes can enjoy plenty of success in upcoming weeks.

A junior, the 5-foot-6 Davis is in her first varsity season. She normally plays front and back on the left side

“I’m still trying to get used to it,” she said of varsity play. “I think I’m getting the hang out of it more.”

Davis has been focusing on passing and hitting. Passing is especially a challenge she said, because the ball is coming over the net faster on the varsity level.

“I think we’re doing pretty good,” she said. ”We’ve made progress this year.”

Davis is working on improving in both hitting and passing. Serving is another area she’s focusing on. Also a basketball player, Davis said she spent a lot of time on both sports going into the season.

On Saturday, Reed City was 2-2 at the Bay City Central Invitational. The Coyotes lost to Mount Pleasant 25-12, 25-16; defeated Midland Bullock Creek 25-19, 25-22 and dumped Bay City John Glenn 25-23 and 25-17. In the Gold Bracket first round, Reed City lost to Mount Pleasant again 25-21, 25-18.

Jacolyn Mullins contributed 16 kills, eight aces; Michaela Reed added 12 kills and two aces; Brittani Yarger had six aces, Natalie Westhoff had 12 kills and seven blocks, Alaina Woodard added 10 kills and four blocks; Emma Lockhart contributed 38 digs and three aces while Kaylee Hensel contributed 46 digs.

Davis had six kills and one ace while Heather Tacey had four aces and 56 assists.

“Mount Pleasant played well both times we played them,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “We played a little better the second time. We continue to improve, that’s our big goal. We changed the lineup a little bit for this weekend. I thought it worked well.”

The Coyotes picked up a victory over Holton in three games, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 in Central State Activities Association action on Wednesday.

Jacolyn Mullins led the Coyotes with nine digs, eight kills and five aces. Heather Tacey handed out 33 assists, while Hensel recorded 14 digs. Davis led Reed City with 10 kills, while Reed finished with four kills and three blocks.

Wednesday, the Coyotes are at Newaygo in CSAA play and at the Cadillac Invitational on Saturday.

“We want to progress and to win as much as we can,” Davis said. “I think we’re improving a lot since the beginning of the season.”

Newaygo is a new member to the CSAA.

“We don’t know a lot about them,” Patterson said. “We saw them last year in district play. We didn’t get to play them. It sounds like they’ve struggled a little bit this year. The first time you see somebody, you never know.”