Reed City volleyball places three girls on all-CSAA team

REED CITY — Coach Don Paterson realized his Reed City volleyball squad was going to be very young coming into the season.

The Coyotes were young and only had two seniors. But they progressed to Patterson’s liking and had three players with honors on the all-Central State Activities Association Gold Division team.

Alison Schermerhorn was named to the first team while Hanna Price and Allyson Yarger earned honorable mention honors.

Schermerhorn led the team in kills with 212 and aces with 69 and also had 545 digs while serving at 87 percent efficiency.

“Alison was very deserving of the first-team honor,” Don Patterson said. “She shouldered a huge part of the ball control duties as well as the biggest part of the offense for most of the year. She was very patient with our young setters and was instrumental in helping them develop. Next year’s team will benefit from her mentoring.”

Price, a junior, was a libero and was called the team’s best defender by Patterson at the end of the year. She led the team with 585 digs, 64 aces and a serve receive average of 2.02. “She served at an 86 percent pace for the year,” Patterson said. “She improved steadily as the year progressed and is poised to lead our team next year.”

Yarger, a junior, had 438 digs, 117 kills and 61 aces while serving at 87 percent. “Allyson gained confidence steadily all year,” Patterson said.

Reed City’s final record was 11-33-3. The Coyotes lost to Big Rapids in the district finals.

“We had some nice wins late in the year against Chippewa Hills, Benzie Central and White Cloud,” Patterson said. “This team showed continual improvement all year and despite having almost no prior varsity experience, they were playing solid by year’s end.”

Patterson likes prospects for 2015.

“We will return seven kids with significant varsity experience next year,” he said. “We lost a large portion of our offense with Alison Schermerhorn and Skiler Brigham leaving, but we feel confident that our younger kids will pick up the load.”