REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes faced a tough loss Thursday night against Lakeview in volleyball action.

The first set of the night set the tone for much of the night with a 25-12 win for the Wildcats. The coyotes bounced back with a close 27-25 win in the second set, but that wasn’t enough to take down Lakeview with the remaining two sets easily going to the Wildcats (25-18, 25-9).

“Defensively some kids stepped up and started playing better. A few bad breaks here and there I think ... kind of got in a funk in the last game, but some bad breaks go against us here and there. I was impressed with some of our defensive play,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. 

Meanwhile, the Big Rapids Cardinals wasted little time in getting control of a Central State Activities Association Gold Division match against Reed City on Oct. 11.

The two rivals were 1-1 against each other in nonleague action earlier this season. But this day, the Cardinals prevailed 25-9, 25-18, 25-16.

The hosts rolled to 13 straight points to start the match. Grace White’s tip ended the first game.

The Coyotes started off stronger in the second game and had a 9-5 lead after three service points from Kiera Barker. Big Rapids came back and led 14-11 on Mackaela Klever’s ace. Dakota Young served an ace for the 25th point.

Madelin Mora had a kill for Reed City to give the Coyotes an early 2-1 lead in the first game. Alyssa Olds had an ace for Reed City to cut the Cardinal advantage to 14-9. White served two straight aces and two additional points for an 18-10 lead. Klever and Grace Fath combined for a block and 20-14 edge. Fath served a ace for match point.

“I’m very happy with the effort,” Big Rapids coach Chelsea Nelson said. “We’ve been working at not settling with the lead we have and continuing to work on that lead. We did a good job at that. I really liked the team effort. We played well. We also had fun.”

Big Rapids is 2-5 in the CSAA Gold, while Reed City falls to 0-6.

“We’ve come a long way from day one, I’ve told the girls that,” Nelson said. “They need to be proud of who they are and the progress they’ve made, and continue to grow.”

For Big Rapids, Young had 19 assists, while Fath had 11 digs, four kills, three aces and three assists, White had 11 kills and three blocks, Lexi Nowak added three digs, Emma Graves contributed 13 digs, and Klever had three aces and three blocks.

For Reed City, Borst had three kills and 11 digs, Madalynn Brown two aces and three digs, Olds had an ace and seven digs, Jordyn Storch had three kills, two aces eight digs and 14 assists, Sidni Rushford had four kills, an ace and a block, Mora had two kills and a block, Allison Obermeir two kills and two digs, Alexis Van Eck had two kills and block and a kill and Barker two aces and two digs.

“It was a slow start, and we’re with a new lineup,” Patterson said. “One of our kids had a sprained ankle so we had to settle into the lineup. It’s our eighth different lineup change during the course of the year. It’s taken us awhile to set into it. We need to serve better and cut down on unforced errors.”

 Reed City played at Central Montcalm on Tuesday.

“At stretches we played pretty good defense,” Patterson said. “We played sound ball, then we seemed to lose a little bit of focus.”