Reed City volleyball team falls in districts to Chippewa Hills

REED CITY — Chippewa Hills’ volleyball team found itself in a similar situation on Wednesday in a Class B district semifinal against host Reed City.

The Warriors, which came back from a 2-1 deficit Monday in its district opener against Clare, fell behind 2-0 to the Coyotes.

But they again mounted a comeback, winning the next three to stun Reed City and advance to the district final.

Without any seniors on the team and missing its two starting middle hitters, it looked bleak for Chippewa Hills after dropping the first two games 25-15, 25-19. But positivity continued to emanate from the bench, and it translated to the play on the floor. The Warriors won the next three 25-22, 25-23, 15-12.

Big Rapids defeated Chippewa Hills 3-0 in Thursday’s title match.

The Warriors nearly squandered late leads in the third and fourth sets. They led 23-16 in the third, but the Coyotes rallied to make it 23-22 before Reed City sealed it.

The Coyotes scored three straight points in the fourth game to cut the deficit to 24-23, but a missed serve sent the match into a fifth set.

“It is such a game of momentum,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “I think their defense tightened up, our serving relaxed a little bit. We didn’t serve as well as we did the first couple games. We got a little tentative with our hitting. But the girls played really hard. That’s about all I could ask. I was happy with the effort they had.”

The Coyotes’ Meghan Borst had 12 kills, while Liza Emington had nine kills and 15 assists. Hanna Price recorded 40 digs and five kills, while Ally Yarger had 46 digs.

Reed City graduated four seniors: Price, Yarger, Emington and Megan Donley.

“They mean a lot to the program,” Patterson said. “It will be sad to see them go. It’s really a tight group.”