Reed City volleyball has strong night with 3-0 win over Central Montcalm

Kyleigh Weck and company gave fans a show for the home opener

REED CITY—The Reed City Coyote volleyball team earned its first win of the season in impressive fashion with a 3-0 victory over Central Montcalm on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The Coyotes were looking to bounce back after an 0-3 started at a quad in Ludington, but on Tuesday night they took a step in the right direction. Reed City gained momentum from winning a close first set and proceeded to pull away from the Hornets in an impressive showing. 

Head coach Don Patterson gave his thoughts on the girls' performance.

"We played good. I thought we should win anyway but they're a pretty decent teams but I think we were better and the score shows." Patterson said.

All over the court on the evening was junior Kyleigh Weck, who scored 14 kills on 32 attempts. She was also a consistent force on the defensive side, racking up numerous blocks over the course of the three-set match. Weck gave her thoughts on the team's performance.

"We played really well, we were very scrappy. I feel like we got most balls up that we should have. We just played as a team really," Weck said.

Central Montcalm stayed close throughout the first set, with Reed City only pulling ahead at the end to win the first set 25-22. In the second set Reed City pulled away early and won 25-14. Patterson explained where the team improved between sets.

"We made a lot more serves and served where I told them to serve to. That's makes a big difference," Patterson said. "With their tall girl, when she's on one side we've got to serve to the other. It just makes for a longer pass and a longer run for the setup."

While Central Montcalm let early in the third set, Reed City went on a late run to pull away at the end, winning the third set 25-21.

"I think we started getting too much in a gigglefest, but it's tough if you win a couple to keep the focus. We regained our focus and we came back," Patterson said.

Other strong performers on the evening were Christina Malackanich, who had 10 kills and 16 digs and Rachael Van Syckle, who led the team in assists with 32.

Weck gave her thoughts on what she wants the team to improve upon moving forward.

"I'd like to improve winning and improve our passing it can be a little better, but overall, I think we did a really good job," Weck said.