Reed City volleyball team set for Chippewa Hills match

MOUNT PLEASANT – Reed City’s volleyball team was 0-3-1 Saturday in pool play at the Mount Pleasant Invitational on Saturday.

The Coyotes lost to Haslett 25-4, 25-14, split with Big Rapids Crossroads 11-25, 27-25 and lost to Mount Pleasant 25-14, 25-19 and to Traverse City St. Francis 25-21, 25-21.

For the Coyotes, Meghan Borst had four digs, three blocks and two kills; Skiler Brigham contributed 10 kills, six digs and three aces; Megan Donley had seven kills and four digs; Liza Emington 22 assists and three digs; Hannah Price added 40 digs and 10 aces; Alison Schermerhorn had 43 digs and nine kills; Brenna Westhoff had three digs, three blocks and two kills and Ally Yarger had 27 digs, seven kills and six aces.

Reed City was home Tuesday against Central Montcalm and next Tuesday will be home against Chippewa Hills. Meanwhile, after losing the first two sets at home on Tuesday night (Oct. 7), the Big Rapids volleyball team rallied to defeat Reed City, 3-2, to improve to 2-2 in Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division competition.

The Coyotes jumped out to a 7-4 advantage in the first set before Hannah Dadles and Lauren Maginnis came together for a block to spark a 4-0 Big Rapids run to give the Cardinals an 8-7 lead.

The Coyotes answered with a 4-0 run of their own as the squads traded points out to a 19-17 Reed City advantage after a number of lengthy volleys.

“I told the kids I was really proud of their effort (Tuesday) and they had that not-quit attitude that you just have to have,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “Volleyball is such a game of momentum and you never know when that switch is going to turn so you have to play every point like it could be the one that turns things around.”

The Cardinals battled back to a 20-19 deficit, but the Coyotes got kills from Skiler Brigham down the stretch to take the second set, 25-21, to take a 2-0 advantage into the third set.

“We were passing very well in those first two matches,” Patterson said. “Our setters were putting the ball where we needed the ball and we were covering their tips. We played pretty good defense and I thought our kids played hard.”

Down 17-7 in the third game, the Coyotes started a comeback, including a run of eight unanswered points, but the Cardinals turned up their serving to put the third set away at 25-19 to force a fourth game.

“They cranked up the serves a bit in those last matches and pushed our serve receive a little bit which takes us out of our system a little bit,” Patterson said. “We still fought back and we could have hung our heads but we didn’t.”

Emington led the Coyote passing attack with 15 assists and nine digs while Alison Schermerhorn, Hanna Price and Allyson Yarger all chipped in three aces apiece. Yarger and Price added 23 and 20 digs, respectively, while Schermerhorn added 32 digs and nine kills. Megan Donley and Yarger each chipped in five kills in the setback as Skiler Brigham led Reed City with three blocks.

Sportswriter Daine Pavloski contributed to this report.