Rushford having strong season

REED CITY — A busy slate of matches are coming up for the Reed City volleyball team and senior Sidni Rushford is confident the Coyotes will be ready and extremely competitive.

Reed City was at Shepherd on Saturday and returns to Central State Activities Association Gold Division action on Tuesday at Chippewa Hills. One of the Coyotes most recent performances was a 3-0 loss to league power Grant. But Reed City lost in the second game 30-28.

“Our serve receive was definitely better in that game than it’s been in others,” Rushford said. “I think we improve every game. We’re definitely coming together as a team than at the beginning of the season.”

Rushford has been at a middle hitter.

“We had a couple of girls that dropped out this year, so I had to move from outside to middle,” Rushford said. “I have to block more times. It’s fun. You have to block the hitter, not the ball.”

Rushford has been serving effectively.

“We’ve been serving pretty well and we focus on passing a lot during practice time,” she said. “That really helps.”

The Coyotes are now locked into the second half of the season.

“I think we’ll improve throughout the rest of the year and hopefully win more conference matches,” Rushford said.

With Rusford, who also plays softball, and other seniors, the Coyotes hope to rely on their experience in key matches late in the season.