Reed City makes it a clean sweep

Coyotes down on numbers, but able to get the volleyball win over Newaygo

REED CITY – Reed City’s volleyball team has had a low number of players on its roster, but the Coyotes continue to get the job done.

The Coyotes, using seven players for the night, scored a 3-0 Central State Activities Association win over Newaygo 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 on Thursday.

Newaygo held tough with the Coyotes in the third game and had a 7-6 lead. Freshman setter Emma Johnston had an ace for a 12-9 lead and the host team started dominating at the net. Kendall Henry’s kill gave the Coyotes a 14-10 lead. Addison Goodin had a kill for the Lions but Reed City was up 17-14. It was 19-17 Coyotes, when the host team started pulling away; Johnston’s block made it 22-17 and she had another one later for a 24-17 lead. Newaygo scored two straight points but Reed City ended it on a kill by Henry.

“It was a really good game, I loved how our team played together,” Johnston said. “We played really well again against Newaygo.”

Reed City coach Don Patterson agreed.

“Newaygo does a good job of keeping the ball in play,” he said. “They serve well and they serve receive pretty darn good. It could have been tougher for us. We stayed focused and worked the plan.”

Kenzie Shoemaker had seven digs for Reed City while Molly Bowman had 12 kills and six digs, Rachael VanSyckle had 25 digs and 15 assists, Andie Bennett had three kills, five digs and three assists, Kendell Henry had three kills and 17 digs, Christina Malackanich had four aces, 11 kills and 12 digs and three blocks and Johnston had seven kills, 13 digs and two blocks. The Coyotes, playing without the injured junior Kyleigh Weck, have been shorthanded on the bench.

“We’ve only got one reserve so it’s starting to get thin,” Patterson said, adding there are hopes of getting Weck back soon from an injury.

Reed City is 5-2 in the conference. The Coyotes lost 3-0 to Kent City earlier in the week.

“(Kent City) really played stellar defense,” Patterson said. “They served really well. Defensively they’re really strong.”

On Saturday, Reed City defeated Big Rapids to win the silver bracket at the Kalkaska Invitational. 

The Coyotes play Tuesday at Morley Stanwood against the talented Mohawks.

“We’ll have to minimize our errors and play really tough defense,” Patterson said. “They serve received very well.”