Reed City volleyball putting in valuable summer time

BUMP: Jacolyn Mullins passes the ball during a Reed City practice on Friday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
BUMP: Jacolyn Mullins passes the ball during a Reed City practice on Friday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Jacolyn Mullins, a junior, has had a busy summer for the Reed City volleyball program.

Mullins played varsity for the Coyotes last season.

”I went to the last ball control camp and I’ve been playing anywhere I can play,” said Mullins, who was at the Reed City gym last Friday night working with her teammates.

Mullins has been an outside hitter for the Coyotes

“I’ve played a lot of volleyball,” she said. “I played on the Morley AAU team. I played a middle there, it was different. It was a lot of fun.”

Summer work, “is very important,” Mullins said. “When the season starts, you’re pretty much there. You’re ready to go.”

Winning districts this season will be a goal for the Coyotes, she added.

The Coyotes had a practice on Friday to prepare for the Ferris State camp Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

There were varsity and junior varsity athletes at the Friday practice.

“There will be a lot of teams there,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “They do kind of a mini-tournament at the end.”

During the summer, with the varsity and JVs, “we do a lot of individual stuff together and we do some varsity only stuff and JV stuff,” Patterson added.

Friday’s practice was the last one of what Patterson calls “ball control. It’s passing, defense, overhand setting...that kind of stuff. We do some hitting stuff and we break down all the different skill sets.”

Official practices open on Aug. 8, The season starts later in August.