Volleyball coach sees improvement
REED CITY -- Veteran Reed City volleyball coach Don Patterson saw a lot of positives to take from the 2019 season.
The Coyotes in the CSAA were 1-6 and non-league were 10-28.
"As a team we were greatly improved defensively and some individual athletes made huge strides," Patterson said. "We played some of our best volleyball late once our offense began to find its footing. We met expectations and defensively we were better than we hoped to be."
Making it to the district final where the Coyotes lost to Cadillac was a major.
"We were in the semifinals of the Crossroads tournament as well as the Ludington tournament," Coyote coach Don Patterson said. "The only disappointment is that (senior hitter) Alison Duddles never truly was healthy."
Senior Mackenzie Wein led the team offensively and improved vastly from her prior year. Her stats were 164 kills, 12 aces and 432 digs. She was named to the CSAA all conference team.
Duddles "provided huge leadership for us and stepped into the setting role as a senior. Despite being only about 50 percent healthy, Alison provided a steady influence on our younger athletes while on the court. Her stats were 66 kills, 196 digs, 289 assists and 58 blocks. She was named to the CSAA honorable mention team."
Senior Madalynn Brown led the team defensively. She was a defensive stalwart for us and a steady server. Her stats were 101 kills, 45 aces and 543 digs.
"These seniors will be greatly missed," Patterson said.
Libero Maddie Morgan will also be graduating.
Key returners are sophomores Katelynn Holmes, Demi Lodholtz, MaKena Hill and Rylie Olds.
"We will field another young team," Patterson said. "We anticipate being a junior dominated team with many first-year varsity athletes contributing. This year's was an extremely close team and a joy to coach."