Reed City opening volleyball season Friday

REED CITY — The volleyball season starts this weekend and Reed city coach Don Patterson has been working on getting his team ready.

Tryouts started last Wednesday and the team was scheduled to have a special bonding camp this week to prepare for the season.

A handful of players are returning but there are plenty of question marks Patterson was looking to answer in the preseason.

“I know very little right now,” Patterson said. “I know Meghan Borst will be back and Jordyn Storch.”

Alexis VanEck is among the other returning players along with Sidni Rushford and Alyssa Olds.

“Borst has been tremendous all summer long,” Patterson said. “She’s been to everything. She’s coordinated everything for me. She’s our captain. She’s made leaps and bounds. She ran track this spring and it’s gotten her strong and has helped her jumping. She’s really improved.”

Borst has been with the team since her sophomore season. Storch was a setter along with Liza Emington the last two years. Storch is now a junior while Emington has graduated. Storch will be a main factor, but Patterson said he’s still looking to see if there will be another setter, whom that might be and how much she would play.

Patterson said he’ll look for consistency in his setters.

“It takes a lot of skill to be a setter,” he said. “Every game they play, they learn a few more things.”

Patterson said the varsity team last Friday was selected and overnight camps started on Sunday. Earlier in the week, there would be three practices a day. Parents cook dinners for their daughters in the schools’ home economics room. It’s the fourth year of overnight camps for both varsity and JV players, Patterson said.

“We get a ton of work done in a short amount of time and can integrate a lot of things,” he said.

The season opens at Ludington on Friday.