Reed City volleyball team wins pair of matches
REED CITY — Reed City breezed past Central Montcalm and Hesperia Wednesday night in opening the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) volleyball season with a pair of victories.
The Coyotes opened with a 25-22, 25-16 sweep over Central Montcalm and finished the night with a 25-9, 25-16 victory over Hesperia.
“We served pretty good today,” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “I’m pleased with how our defense is coming along. We haven’t settled on a lineup. We’re still trying different things almost very game. It’s a great group of kids. They’re very athletic. They’re a motivated group of kids.”
After squeaking out the first-game victory against Central, the Coyotes fired out to a 7-4 lead in the second game on two Sami Michell serve aces. Michell later had a kill for a 17-11 lead and Kalee Hensel added two service aces. Jordyn Mason served some key points late in the match for a 24-16 advantage.
Central then swept Hesperia 25-20, 25-21.
The Coyotes coasted past Hesperia in the first game, Michell had five aces in a row and added four more points for a 16-2 lead. Jacolyn Mullins’ ace made it 25-9.
Hensel’s ace gave the Coyotes a 7-0 lead in the second game. The Panthers pulled together and actually trailed only 15-12 at one stage. Natalie Westhoff’s kill gave Reed City a 22-16 lead and Michell closed out with three straight service points.
For the night, Michell had seven aces and nine kills while Emma Lockhart added nine kills, Mullins contributed three aces and four kills, Amy McKee totaled three aces and six kills and Hensel collected six aces. Westhoff had three kills. Jordyn Mason contributed three kills. Michaela Reed also contributed key plays for the hosts.
“I was pretty pleased,” Patterson said. “We’re still a pretty young team. You can see from the stats that we do things pretty balanced. We don’t have anyone that has to have a great game for us to be successful.”
Reed City is 6-6 overall.
“The first couple of tournaments we played really good competition,” Patterson said. “We like to make it as tough as we can the early part of the year.”
Reed City was at the Pine River Invitational on Saturday and lost in the semifinal round to Greenville 26-24, 25-18.
In pool play, the Coyotes lost 25-21, 25-15 to Pine River but beat Mesick 25-14, 25-20 and Glen Lake 25-9, 25-13.
For the Coyotes, Michell had 25 kills and eight aces, followed by Mullins with nine kills and five aces, Jordyn Mason with eight aces and four kills, Kalee Hensel with 10 aces and Lockhart with 11 kills.
Reed City is at White Cloud on Wednesday.