Reed City volleyball team eyes strong upcoming performances

REED CITY —  Reed City’s volleyball team enters the final weeks of the season with hopes of gaining some victories.

Reed City is at Chippewa Hills on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, If there was such a cliche that it’s tough to beat a volleyball team four times in one season, the Big Rapids Cardinals could attest to it.

Big Rapids posted its fourth win of the season over Reed City in a Central State Activities Association Gold Division battle Tuesday night that went down to the wire. Big Rapids started out 25-17 winners, lost 25-19, won 25-22, fell 25-15 and took the fifth game 15-6.

Grace White had back-to-back kills to lead Big Rapids to a 12-5 lead in the first game. Ally Yarger had two aces to help Reed City cut it to 18-17. White later had a kill for a 21-17 lead. Serve receive hurt the Coyotes later and Big Rapids hit 25 points.

Yarger served two aces in the second game for a 14-11 lead. Megan Donley later had three kills for Reed City’s last three points in the 25-19 win.

Dakota Young served Big Rapids to a 17-10 lead in the third game. Crystal Brinker’s ace put the Cards up 21-16 but Reed City scored four straight points. White’s block gave the Cards a 25-22 win and 2-1 lead.

Reed City dominated the fourth game and led 19-9 on Lisa Emington’s ace. The Coyotes won it on a Big Rapids hitting error.

While it appeared Reed City had the momentum, the Cardinals quickly regained it in game five, firing out to a 6-0 lead on Kaley Jones’ serving. White’s service point made it 9-2 and Big Rapids added four more points for a 13-2 lead. A Reed City service error ended the game.

“It’s a funny game,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “It’s a lot about serve and serve receive. We missed a couple of serves in the last game and they served tougher in the last game. A lot of times, that is the difference. They pushed our serve receive around a little bit and took us out of what we like to do offensively.”

“Reed City came out really hard, played tough and is always great competition for us,” Cardinal coach Christina LaCross said. “It’s great to come out with a victory here. The girls stepped it up when they had to. It’s a great job by both teams.”

White had 21 kills and five blocks while Allyson Galbraith had four kills and Jones added five aces.

“We all trusted each other and defense played great,” LaCross said. “We worked great as a team and made it happen.”

For Reed City, Donley had 18 digs and 14 aces, Meghan Borst added five digs and three kills; Hanna Price contributed 22 digs, 12 kills and five aces; Emington had 21 assists, 12 digs and four kills; Jordyn Storch added 16 assists, nine digs and 16 assists; Yarger had seven kills and four aces and Alyssa Olds had 11 digs.

“We were communicating and getting pumped, playing as a team,” Storch said.

Reed City (0-4, 10-21-4) plays at Central Montcalm on Tuesday.

Big Rapids and Reed City could meet again in the Class B districts next month.

“We’re getting a little bit closer to them,” Patterson said. “We could see them in the (district) final. I can go to the kids and say ‘we know we can win.’ We just have to execute and stay positive. It’s tough to stay positive when things go bad. It’s so momentum driven.”