Reed City volleyball squad enjoys improved season

Coyotes lost narrowly in district semifinal

Reed City volleyball players keep an eye on the ball during regular season action.

Reed City volleyball players keep an eye on the ball during regular season action.

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REED CITY – The volleyball season for Reed City ended earlier this month in a tough 3-2 loss to Chippewa Hills in the district semifinal.

But it was still a very productive season for 14-year varsity coach Don Patterson whose Coyotes were 2-5 in the CSAA Gold and 19-23-3 overall.

“We were extremely competitive all year as I thought we would be,” Patterson said. “We played really well in a couple of tournaments: the Hesperia tourney and the Central Montcalm at year’s end.”

Reed City was challenged with contending with some ups and downs.

“We did have some struggles with kids injured which upset the chemistry a bit,” Patterson said. “Katelynn Holmes was first team all-conference with 255 kills, 75 aces and 590 digs. Kyleigh Weck had 265 kills, 56 aces and 71 blocks. Demi Lodholtz had 142 kills and 40 aces.

Katelynn Holmes, Demi Lodholtz, Lizzie Cockrell, Rylie Shafer, MaKena Hill, and Raquel DuBreuil will all graduate.

Patterson likes the future prospects.

“We will again be very competitive,” he said. “Kyleigh and Christina Malackanich will give other teams trouble and Rachael Van Syckle will bring experience to the setting position and Kendell Henry adds defensive experience.”

Patterson will carry fond memories of a team that lost to Big Rapids during the CSAA Gold season, but then topped the Cardinals in BR, 2-1, during a late season quad. RC lost 3-2 twice to Chippewa Hills including in the district semifinal.

“This was a very senior laden team and also a confident quality group of athletes,” Patterson said.