Reed City volleyball team closes league season

REMUS — Reed City’s volleyball team earned its first Central State Activities Association Gold Division match on Tuesday (Oct. 20) in its last conference game.

Reed City is home Thursday against Benzie Central and Shelby to close the regular season.

Districts are next week in Reed City.

The Coyotes swept Chippewa Hills 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-11) at the Warriors’ Intermediate School.

“We’ve been in almost every game except for against Grant,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “All other matches went at least four or five games. This was a good win to get under our belt.”

It was Chippewa Hills’ “Pink Out” match for breast cancer awareness. Both teams wore pink jerseys, and the Warriors’ student section was full for the 2:30 p.m. start.

“With the students here, it was awesome,” Chippewa Hills coach Amber Simon said. “I thought our team did a great job battling.

“We had these shirts designed back in August, so the girls were excited about it really early.”

In the second game, Chippewa Hills jumped to a 20-13 lead before Reed City took a timeout. The Coyotes came back out firing, finishing the match on a 12-2 run. Hanna Price had the game-winning kill.

“We just needed to slow down our pace,” Reed City senior Liza Emington said of coming out of the timeout. “We were going too fast and thinking too much. We just needed to slow down and work together.”

Patterson said Ally Yarger’s serving helped spark the Coyotes.

“Yarger did a really good job coming through and serving toward the end of that game,” he said. “That’s what we needed, someone to get the serve over and give us a chance to play defense. I thought we played really good defense.”

Reed City rode that momentum into the third set, claiming an early 10-3 lead.

Yarger had an ace, 22 digs and three kills, while Price had eight kills and 12 digs. Emington had five kills and 11 assists, and Megan Donley had four kills and 17 digs.

“Hanna Price serve-received just about flawlessly like she normally does,” Patterson said.