REED CITY — It’s a young, but determined Reed City volleyball team that opens its season this Friday at the Ludington Invitational.

Practices opened last week for varsity coach Don Patterson and JV skipper Brent Michell. There were 25 girls at the first practice.

Skiler Brigham and Alison Schermerhorn are the only returning seniors. But there are other players that Patterson expects will contribute, including junior Hannah Price.

“Alison Yarger, Megan Donley, Lisa Emmington, Brenna Westhoff, all of those kids, will contribute (too),” Patterson noted.

Reed City was scheduled for a scrimmage at Cadillac last week.

“After we finish our tryouts, we’ll come back (last Sunday) and they camp out here and we’re all the time doing volleyball until Wednesday,” Patterson said. “We have parents come in and cook in the home (economics) room and make breakfast, lunch and dinner. They rotate through. The parents do a great job.

“We get a ton of work done. It’s amazing how much we get done in a short amount of time.”

It won’t be long before the Coyotes are playing an actual match.

“We’ll have pretty much everything in place by the time we walk out of here on Wednesday,” Patterson said. “The Ludington tournament will be a difficult one. It will be a good test right out of the gate.”

Reed City plays Aug. 28 at the Cadillac Varsity Invitational and then has its first home match Sept. 9 against Tri County, which joins the Central State Activities Association this season.

“We haven’t seen them in a long time,” Patterson said. “It’s been four or five years since we’ve seen Tri County. We saw them at a tournament in Muskegon four or five years ago.”