Tacey to play volleyball at Alpena Community College

REED CITY — Another Reed City volleyball player has signed a letter of intent to play college volleyball.

Heather Tacey signed last week with Alpena Community College. Earlier in the week, her teammate, Jacolyn Mullins, signed with Adrian College.

Tacey earned honorable mention status in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA). Tacey was a setter while the others were front-row players.

Tacey had 274 digs for the Coyotes, plus 86 kills and over 91 percent in serving and 979 assists and 59 aces.

“She was pretty consistent,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said.

Tacey was a three-year varsity player for the Coyotes and now focuses on a career at Alpena CC.

“Their coach contacted me (in March) and asked me to come up for a practice and I did,” Tacey said. “He called me three days later and said he had a spot for me.”

Tacey also had been contacted by Muskegon Community College.

“I like where (Alpena) is located and I met their girls and they seem to be nice,” she said. “It’s a good fit there.”

Tacey anticipates being a setter at Alpena CC, which also has a sophomore setter. Tacey hopes to eventually go to a four-year volleyball program. She’s currently playing on an AAU program out of Morley. She’s working on her overall setting skills.

Volleyball has been a part of Tacey’s life since the fifth grade, at the encouragement of her mom. Since her freshman season, she’s been thinking about college volleyball.

“It’s a faster-paced game and (Alpena CC) has 18 plays we have to memorize,” Tacey said. “There will have to be a lot more quick decisions. It’s a new program. They had a new coach about three years ago.”