Reed City volleyball seniors prepare for final weeks of season

REED CITY — Reed City seniors like Natalie Westhoff and Alaina Woodard are hoping to accomplish plenty for the Coyotes in the remaining weeks of the Central State Activities Association and regular season.

Westhoff has been playing more defense this season for the Coyotes compared to hitting.

“You have to watch everything and make sure you’re in the right place at the right time,” she said. “I like the faster pace back there. I have good hands so I can (help) my setter if I need to back her up.”

Westhoff is working on hitting and working on when to know to tip and when not to, blocking and watching hitters.

When playing good teams in key matches, the key is “eliminating our hitting errors, play as a team, talking and working together, keeping up and never getting down,” Westhoff  said. “We’re working great as team. We have won every game in the conference since (losing to Morley Stanwood).”

Woodard has been among the Coyotes’ top hitters and indicated the Coyotes are playing where they need to be, especially considering they’ve only lost one time in

conference.

It’s Woodard’s second varsity season and she’s been solid in the middle as a blocker and hitter.

She said she’s “improved 100 percent” on hitting, and has been putting the ball down harder.

“We’ve been working on blocking a lot,” she said. “We’ve been working a lot on our defense.”

The Coyotes hope to finish the regular season strong and get ready for districts in November.

“We’re hoping we’ll do good again just like last year,” Woodard said.

The Coyotes advanced to the regional finals last season.