Yarger serves 15 straight points en route to Reed City victory

REED CITY — Brittani Yarger never experienced a run like she enjoyed Wednesday evening. The Reed City junior served one point after another. What started out as a 9-7 lead for the Coyotes volleyball team over Central Montcalm when Yarger got the serve turned to 12-7, which quickly went to 15-7. Before she knew it, Yarger was serving for the first set. Yarger’s serve sailed long, but that stretch set the tone of what turned out to be a Reed City route, 25-9, 25-11, 25-17 over the Hornets. Yarger’s success has come from changing how she serves and practice. Before, she would try to hit it cross court because she had trouble keeping the ball in play. Now, she has taken a little bit off the serve and hits a floater — not that anyone could notice. “After the first five points, I started serving harder and harder,” Yarger said. “I figured I could start going for it.” Central Montcalm struggled on the serve receive, either shanking the pass, or right back to the Coyotes on an overpass who would slam it back down on the Hornets’ side of the net for a point. Yarger recorded five aces on the night and she served 31 times in the contest. “Brittani serves it flat and hard and defensively, you have to be a good passer to pass it,” Reed City assistant coach Aly Ruttle said. Head coach Don Patterson was out of town on business. Yarger also started game two with five straight points to give the Coyotes a comfortable lead. Yarger, however, wasn’t the only standout for Reed City. Emma Lockhart tallied 11 digs and two aces and Heather Tacey handed out 33 assists. Jacolyn Mullins tallied 10 kills and Michaela Reed finished with six kills. Kalee Hensel recorded a team-high 15 digs and Natalie Westhoff finished with a pair of blocks. “I feel we are coming along pretty good,” Yarger said. “We know what we have to practice and how to get better for districts. The things that we are working on in practice are fun and that will make us better.” Though Central Montcalm put up more of a fight in the third set, the Coyotes were able to pull away late after the score was tied 12-12. “I thought we played really, really well,” Ruttle said. “We played great defense and we served really well. We came out with a lot of intensity. Reed City is in action Wednesday when it travels to White Cloud for the final Central State Activities Association match.
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