Reed City volleyball celebrates district title appearance

Kyleigh Weck was one of three players named either all-conference or honorable mention for the Coyotes this season.

Kyleigh Weck was one of three players named either all-conference or honorable mention for the Coyotes this season.

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REED CITY—Reed City volleyball celebrated a district title game appearance this season while other area schools saw players named all-conference.


Reed City saw strong success this season, advancing to the district finals despite battling injuries throughout the season. They would fall to future state final runner-up Cadillac. The Coyotes went 25-18 overalland 7-3 in conference.

"I would consider the season a success, considering the injuries that our team worked around," coach Don Patterson said. "I would say we met expectations. We expected to be in the top three teams in the conference."

The Coyotes had multiple top players in the conference. Kyleigh Weck led the way for the Coyotes, getting named first team all-conference. Christina Malackanich was also first team all-conference. Rachael Van Syckle was named as an all-conference honorable mention.

Reed City will be losing a few starters from the season, with Christian Malackanich, Rachael Van Syckle and Kendall Henry all graduating. They will be returning juniors Kyleigh Weck, Molly Bowman, Andie Bennett and Kenzie Shoemaker. RC will also return freshman Emma Johnston.

"We will have a solid core to build on and will look to bring in some complimentary pieces," Patterson said. "This year's team became a very solid defensive team by years end, worked very hard and was playing very solid smart volleyball by year's end."


Other volleyball programs such as saw varying levels of success throughout the season with Evart, Pine River, Chippewa Hills and Big Rapids Crossroads all boasting all-conference players.

Evart had one all conference player in Brooklyn Decker and one all conference honorable mention in Addy Gray.

"For all-conference this year was Brooklyn Decker," Evart coach Amanda Brown said. "She played middle for us. She had 127 digs on the season and 29 blocks and 38 kills. She is a great all around player and always working hard. Brooklyn is a junior can't wait to have her back next season. The honorable mention was Addy Gray, she has been the setter who had 224 assists on the season with 18 kills and 15 blocks this season. She is a senior and will be missed."

Pine River had two players get named to the all-conference team in Madi Sparks and Madison Smith. They also had one honorable mention in Alayna Nichols.

Chippewa Hills had Ariana Todd named as an all-conference player for the Warriors. Baldwin saw Naomi Marsh-Robinson selected to the first team all-conference. For Big Rapids Crossroads, Alexis Carr was an all-conference honorable mention.