REED CITY – Reed City’s vollleyball team returns to action this week with hopes of getting on a winning path.

Reed City was scheduled to open its Central State Activities Association Gold Division season earlier this week. This Saturday, the Coyotes are at the Big Rapids Invitational.

Reed city played in a double dual at Big Rapids on Sept. 1 and lost 18-25, 25-17, 15-8.

Reed City was swept by McBain in its first match, but quickly regrouped and stormed out to an 8-2 lead in the first set against Big Rapids.

The Coyotes never trailed and did not let the Cardinals get within two points.

“I just thought we played with a little more confidence,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said of the opening set. “Volleyball is such a momentum sport. They have to play confident and aggressive, and I thought we played pretty good in the first game and for most of the second game.”

The second set was much more of a seesaw battle. It featured five lead changes and six ties before the Cardinals went up 17-16, taking the lead for good.

Big Rapids fell behind 3-0 in the final set, but went on a 9-0 run to close it out.

“I knew the girls were going to pull it out in the third one,” Cardinals’ coach Christina LaCross said. “They had a lot of tenacity and worked hard. I saw them not give up and continue to push until we had the victory. Reed City is always one of our rivals, always a fun team to play against.”

Senior Hanna Price led Reed City with seven kills, while AllyYarger had a team-high 24 digs. Liza Emington had 11 assists, and Megan Donley had 18 digs and five assists.

“I think we are still improving,” Patterson said. “We are still really young experience wise.  We keep improving every practice and every game.”