Reed City juniors ready for next season

REED CITY – Heather Tacey can’t wait for next season in Reed City volleyball.

Tacey is one of eight juniors who will be returning for the Coyotes.

The Coyotes were 29-22 and regional finalists with three seniors, including Emma Lockhart, Kalee Hensel and Sami Michell ,who sustained a season-ending anterior cruicate ligament injury before getting match action.

The season ended in a 3-0 loss to Whitehall.

“They definitely had height and the serves were probably the best they had all season,” Tacey said. “Their blocks were very tough. We should have covered a little more, but we didn’t.

“We definitely gave it our all. We knew coming out here that we didn’t want to leave anything on the floor and we didn’t. We played our hardest.”

Coach Don Patterson said a first-place effort in the Essexville tournament was a turning point of the season.

“It started to come together,” he said. “Even though we lost three games (the last week of the regular season in a quad), we played really well, Everyone was sick but we were solid and that propelled us into this little run.”

“We’re very happy with it,” Tacey said. “We only lose (three) seniors. We’ll come back next year and be even stronger.”

Various players, Tacey noted, will be playing volleyball during the offseason.