Reed City volleyball coach liked the progress his team displayed

REED CITY — Reed City’s volleyball season ended last month with a loss to Chippewa Hills in the district semifinals.

The Coyotes were 12-28-5 overall and 1-5 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division. They were 11-23-5 in nonleague action.

“We had some very satisfying wins against a very tough Shelby team and the Pink out at Chippewa Hills,” coach Don Patterson said. “Overall I thought the kids grew as a team and we were playing our best volleyball of the season at year’s end. Our team strength was our defense. I thought we played very sound defense all year. This led to some very entertaining games. We improved our offense all season long as Megan Donley and Meghan Borst enjoyed significant improvements as the year developed.

“We will miss our senior class and the closeness they brought to the team fabric. We will lose our captain, primary passer and outside hitter Hanna Price, middle blocker Megan Donley, outside hitter Ally Yarger and setter and right side hitter/blocker Liza Emington.”

The forecast for next year is solid, Patterson said.

“We will return second-year varsity players in senior middle blocker Meghan Borst and junior setter Jordyn Storch,” he said. “We will also return senior right side Alexis Van Eck, junior right side Sidni Rushford and junior libero Allysa Olds. We potentially add some height to our line-up with some of the underclassmen moving up and we will start the year with significant experience. We will need some of this year’s varsity players to provide the leadership that our outgoing seniors provided, and I am confident that they will.”

ALL-CONFERENCE

Senior Megan Donley (middle blocker) was a first team all-conference honoree.

“Megan improved both skill wise and in leadership on the court as the year progressed,” Patterson said, adding that Donley finished the year with 164 kills, 67 aces, 458 digs, 28 blocks and, as the primary passer, boasted a 1.51 passer rating. “Megan by year’s end, was our go to hitter. She provided the offensive spark in our biggest wins. Her passing and defense improved dramatically from her junior campaign. She improved her serving as the year progressed and ended the year as one of our better servers.”

Price (outside hitter) was an honorable mention all-conference honoree. She finished the year with 145 kills, 35 aces, 520 digs and one block and as a primary passer led the team with a 1.98 passer rating.

“Hanna improved her skills tremendously from her junior season through her senior campaign,” Patterson said. “We knew going into the season that Hanna would be a constant and dependable player, who would grow and improve all season. Her passing was extremely consistent and she typically received over 50 percent of teams serves for us. She dramatically improved her hitting efficiency as the season progressed and became one of our more dynamic hitters. As our captain, she shouldered a huge amount of responsibility for our team and handled the added pressure admirably.

“Our program will miss these two young ladies immensely and will remember their contributions for years to come.”