Reed City volleyball team prepares for district

REED CITY —  Reed City’s volleyball team defeated Manistee and Manton in non-league action Thursday night.

The Coyotes defeated Manistee 25-11, 25-13 and edged Manton 25-10, 23-25, 15-8.

Skiler Brigham delivered 11 kills and one ace for Reed City, while Alison Schermerhorn had 17 kills, two aces and 31 digs, Hannah Price had 25 digs and three aces and Ally Yarger produced 36 digs, six kills and four aces.

Also for the Coyotes, Megan Donley added 12 kills, Jordyn Storch had 25 assists and three aces and Liza Emington had 24 assists and two aces.

“We played really sound defense,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We served aggressively and the offense was pretty efficient.”

In the final Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division volleyball competition of the season for both teams, Reed City came away victorious with a 3-1 win against Chippewa Hills on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Both teams will be in district action at Chip Hills next week.

“I think we’ve been improving and we finally minimized some hitting errors and served well (Tuesday),” Patterson said. “I think our block is finally starting to round into shape and we bothered their outside hitters. The kids are starting to figure it out a little and we’ll see how much more we can figure out before the district comes around.”

With the score at 10-10, Reed City took advantage of some hitting errors by Chippewa Hills and opened up a 17-12 lead with a 7-2 run that was capped off by an ace from Yarger.

Reed City put a bow on the set with an 8-4 run to win the first set, 25-16, with a kill by Brigham brought the set to an end.

The two teams battled to a 13-13 tie later in the second set and neither team could shake one another as they fought to a 23-23 tie late in the set.

With the score at 26-26, the Warriors sent their next two volleys out of bounds to give Reed City the 28-26 set victory to push its lead to 2-0.

The Coyotes looked like they would cruise to an easy victory in the third set as they quickly built up a 5-1 lead following a block by Brenna Westhoff before the score moved to 8-2 to force a Warrior time out.

Chip Hills won 25-19 to force a fourth set which Reed City won 25-15.

Yarger paced the Coyotes with three aces, two blocks, six kills and 20 digs while Schermerhorn five kills and aces apiece to go with 28 digs. Storch piled up 14 assists and 15 digs and Emington tallied two aces, five digs and 11 assists.

Reed City (6-22, 2-4 CSAA Gold) has a home meet Thursday.

Sports editor Greg Buckner contributed to this report.