Reed City second at Pine River Invitational

Michaela Reed (1) of Reed City goes after the ball against Pine River’s Kyla Johnson (23). (Herald Review/John Raffel)
Michaela Reed (1) of Reed City goes after the ball against Pine River’s Kyla Johnson (23). (Herald Review/John Raffel)

LEROY -— Greenville was too much for Reed City in the finals of the Pine River Volleyball Invitational on Saturday.

Led by attacker Leah Sommerfield, Greenville defeated Reed City 25-15, 25-20 in the title match.

Greenville had defeated Pine River 25-20, 25-7 in a semifinal match. Reed City had defeated Traverse City Chrstian 25-15, 25-13.

“I was pretty happy with the day,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “We’ve been working hard on blocking. The kids are buying into working hard. Some things started coming together. We’re growing defensively.”

Patterson acknowledged his team struggled against Sommerfield.

“She’s the real deal,” he said. “She’s a great kid. I thought we realized where she was on the court. There’s some growth there. We found her and hurt them when she was in the back row.”

For Reed City, Jacolyn Mullins had four aces and 31 digs, Heather Tacey earned seven kills and seven aces, plus two blocks and 17 digs, Alaina Woodard had 10 kills and one ace, Alison Schemerhorn totaled four kills and nine digs, Michaela Reed added 19 kills and three aces, Kayla Davis had  six kills and 14 digs, Natalie Westhoff had 14 kills, one ace, four blocks and 19 digs and Karah Hensel added four aces and 47 digs.

In pool play, Reed City had wins over Pine River 25-21, 25-19, Glen Lake 25-10, 25-13 and Suttons Bay 25-15. 25-18.

Pine River, 6-6 overall, had victories over Glen Lake 25-13, 25-9 and Suttons Bay 25018, 25-18.

“I think we improved throughout the day,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “We showed some tenacity at times. We also got tired. Our communication kind of failed us at the end.

For Pine River Michelle Kelsey had 14 kills, 15 aces, 17 digs and 3 blocks

Kassy Nelson had 16 kills, 20 digs

Alexis Stokely added 44 assists.

“Our consistency at times looked better. I felt our serving and communication let us down today. It’s hard to stay consistent when you can’t get a serve in play,” Dennis said. “I felt we played well against Reed City but just had too many unforced errors. The same is true in our first game of Greenville. Our lack of communication let us down in the second game. I think the team now understands just how important communication is. The big challenge now is to not let that be a problem again.”

The gym temperatures went up as the day progressed and Dennis indicated the heat could have had an impact.

“Which means we have to condition more,” she said. “I think our serve receive is starting to come together. For the most part, we played pretty good defense. When our defense falls apart, it’s because of our communciation errors.

“I think we’ve played better today than at other times,” said Michelle Kelsey. “All around we improved today.”

Reed City is home against Morley Stanwood Wednesday in Central State Activities Association play.

“We’re defnitely going to have to serve well,” said Reed City setter Heather Tacey. “We’ll have to stop their offense.”Morley Stanwood defeated Reed City 26-24, 25-18 in tournament acton earlier this season.

“They’ll be better, we’ll be better,” Patterson said. “It will be fun.”

Pine River is at Glen Lake Thursday.