Reed City volleyball team set for key matches
REED CITY — It’s a big week for the Reed City volleyball team.
The Coyotes are home against Big Rapids and Holton in Central State Activities Association action on Wednesday.
Reed City coach Don Patterson is in Washington D.C. on U.S. Postal Service business pertaining to his actual job.
Patterson likes the way the team is playing, led by juniors Kalee Hensel, Emma Lockhart and Sami Michell, plus senior Jordyn Mason and sophomores Jacolyn Mullins, Michaela Reed and Natalie Westhoff.
“I think we might be playing our best volleyball,” Patterson said. “There are times we’re passing well and our serve receive kids are doing a good job. When we are, we’re playing really well. When we’re playing our best, we’re doing as well as we have all year.”
The Coyotes are hosting the districts this season and play Oct. 31 against Fremont to open the week.
The winner plays Big Rapids Wednesday night, Nov. 2. Grant and Newaygo also play Wednesday night. The finals are later in the week.
“We’re going to focus on our serve receive and our serving,” Patterson said. “Defensively, if we can nail down the serve receive and serve tougher, we’ll have as good a chance as anybody. The trick for us to is to improve that serve receive.”
Pine River lost in the quarterfinals of the Morley Stanwood Invitational on Saturday.
In pool play, the Bucks split with Lakeview 25-21, 14-25, split with White Cloud 21-25, 25-22 and swept Newaygo 25-20, 25-22. In the quarterfinals, Pine River lost to Kingsley 12-25, 25-22, 17-15.
For the Bucks, Cayman Gatt had 26 kills, 35 digs and six aces; Chelsea Nelson contributed 67 assists, 34 digs, 11 kills and four blocks; Jessica Hoaglund had 21 kills, 13 blocks and 13 digs and Erica Buchner had 10 kills and 14 digs.
“This was a great tournament for us to play in this weekend. We saw quality teams throughout the day and were able to gauge what things we need to tweak going into the last two weeks of the regular season,” Dennis said. “The girls played tough all day. Now it’s back to the gym to prep ourselves for this week’s match.”