Reed City’s win over Clare a confidence booster
CLARE – Junior setter Heather Tacey knew her Reed City volleyball team wasn’t quite finished with business last Thursday after a 3-0 win over Clare.
The Coyotes still had the game to play with Chippewa Hills on Saturday.
But when the Coyotes prevailed 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 over host Clare, Tacey had reason to be optimistic.
“We’re playing really well,” Tacey said. “We’re probably at our peak.”
“I thought we played pretty solid,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “Clare is a solid team and served really well.”
Reed City had a 19-15 lead in the first game after an ace from Kalee Hensel. Two tips from Natalie Westhoff gave Reed City a 24-20 lead and the Coyotes got the 25th point on an hitting error against Clare.
Clare built a 12-8 lead in the second game on a kill by Courtney English. The Coyotes gradually worked their way back to a 16-15 deficit on a block from Alaina Woodard.
Serving ace Brittani Yarger showed her magic again with key serving points, plus an ace for an 18-16 Reed City lead. Michaela Reed had a block for a 23-19 lead and the Coyotes went on to make it a 2-0 advantage in games.
Karah Hensel, who had 15 digs, totaled 11 of those in the second game.
Reed City rallied from a 16-11 deficit to win the third game and sweep the match. Kayla Davis served for seven straight points, including two aces, to help the Coyotes take control.
Emma Lockhart served three straight aces to end the match.
For Reed City, Heather Tacey had 25 assists and nine digs, Mullins added five aces, 11 kills and 17 digs, Alaina Woodard had six blocks, Lockhart had three aces, seven kills and 13 digs, Michaela Reed collected four kills and five blocks, Kaylee Hensel had 21 digs and Westhoff had five kills and seven blocks.
“I thought (Reed City players) really stepped up and blocked,” Patterson said. “It depended on who was in the front row. They blocked really well.”
“We played really well,” Tacey said. “When we got our serves going, we were OK. We had good serves at the end.”
Reed City, 27-21, takes on a Chippewa Hills team that defeated the Coyotes 3-2 earlier this season.
Going into that match,” we’ll have to serve well and hit really good,” Tacey said.