Reed City volleyball team takes home invitational title

READY, SET...: Reed City volleyball's Kalee Hensel makes the pass while teammate Jacolyn Mullins watches the action. (File photo)
READY, SET...: Reed City volleyball's Kalee Hensel makes the pass while teammate Jacolyn Mullins watches the action. (File photo)

ESSEXVILLE – It was a good week for Reed City’s volleyball team.

The Coyotes took home a first-place trophy at the Essexville-Garber Invitational on Saturday.

The Coyotes started out with a 28-26, 30-28 loss to Bay City Western and fell to Saginaw Novuel 25-11, 25-17. But they came back with a 25-13, 25-22 win over Bay City John Glenn to get out of pool play and into the quarterfinals where they avenged the loss to Nouvel by winning 16-25, 25-18, 15-11. In the semifinals, Reed City beat Essexville-Garber 25-22, 25-21. In the title match, the Coyotes prevailed over Alpena 25-19, 25-21.

Leading the charge for the Coyotes were Heather Tacey with five aces, three blocks and 123 assists; Jacolyn Mullins had nine aces, 49 blocks and 40 digs; Alaina Woodard collected six kills and nine blocks and Brittani Yarger added 17 aces.

Also for the Coyotes, Emma Lockhart had three aces, 12 kills and five digs, Michaela Reed contributed 28 kills and 13 blocks, Kali Hensel added two aces and 101 digs; Karah Hensel had 23 digs, Kayla Davis added five aces and Natalie Westoff had 24 kills and 12 blocks.

“I was pretty pleased, we progressed as the day went on,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “We played pretty solid ball. We had pretty level contributions from everyone. Emma and Kalee had great defensive contributions all day. We had great contributions.”

Reed City had won a silver bracket divisional title at the Cadillac Invitational earlier this season. But this was the Coyotes first Gold Bracket divisional championship.

“The Cadillac tourney was a good day for us,” Patterson said. “This one was too. We had hiccups in pool play against Saginaw Nouvel. Other than that, we played consistent all day. As the day went on, we got better.”

The Coyotes are 24-17 and are at home Wednesday against Central Montcalm in Central State Activities Association action. Next week, the Coyotes will have matches with White Cloud in CSAA action plus a quad at home Oct. 25. That will be followed the week of Oct. 29 with districts at Clare.

“I’m pretty pleased with how we’ve progressed and where we’re at”’ Patterson said. “The rest of the way we have stiff competition which we’ve designed in order to play solid teams to prepare for districts.”

Reed City also scored a 25-14, 25-13, 25-7 win over Hesperia on Wednesday in CSAA action.

Tacey had 17 assists and three aces for Reed City, followed by Mullins with four kills, five digs and nine aces,Wood with three kills and two blocks, Yarger with four aces, Lockhart with three kills and 10 digs, Michaela Reed with three kills, Kalee Hensel with four aces and 23 digs, Kayla Davis with three aces and one kill and Natalie Westhoff with five kills.

“We served really well,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “We had 25 aces. We served tough against them. Mullins had a stretch of 15 points in a row.

“Hesperia is struggling a little bit this year. They’ve played with everybody. I talked with their coaches who said this was the worst they’ve been beaten this year. That’s the way it goes.. You never know.”