Reed City spikers roll into final

AT THE NET: Reed City's Heather Tacey and Natalie Westhoff try to stop an attack from Clare's Ashley Petree. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
AT THE NET: Reed City's Heather Tacey and Natalie Westhoff try to stop an attack from Clare’s Ashley Petree. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Coyotes knock off Clare; face Chippewa Hills for district crown

CLARE – Reed City moved to within one win of the Class B district volleyball title with a 3-0 victory over host Clare in Thursday’s semifinal round.

The Coyotes will play Chippewa Hills at noon on Saturday at Clare for the title.

Reed City prevailed 25-20, 25-21, 25-17.

“I thought we played pretty solid,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “Clare is a solid team and served really well.”

The Coyotes built 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 by Clare.

The Pioneers 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.

The score was tied 18-18 when Reed City was called for a fourth hit.

The call was reversed in Reed City’s favor and then reversed again after a successful argument from Clare coach Tom Hurdle and an unsuccessful rebuttal from Patterson.

But two kills from Mullins put Reed City up 21-19. 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, 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 which defeated the Coyotes 3-2 earlier this season.

“It was a close match,” Patterson said. “We won the first two pretty lopsided and they got the next three. It will come down to serve and serve receive, just like always. It should be a good matchup.”

“We’ll have to serve well and hit really good,” Tacey said.

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