Westhoff gives Reed City strength at middle hitter

Volleyball: Natalie Westoff works on her passing at a Reed City practice. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
Volleyball: Natalie Westoff works on her passing at a Reed City practice. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Natalie Westhoff is coming off a Reed City volleyball team that went to the regional finals last season and is every bit as determined this fall to have success.

The Coyotes won the districts last season and Westhoff returns as a middle hitter. She’s looking to be an improved player.

“The summer has definitely helped with my hitting and passing,” she said. “We had a few scrimmages and tournaments. That helped.”

The Coyotes have eight seniors and especially for that reason, Westhoff expects the team to be strong, especially in hitting.

“We lost two of our primary passers from last year so we’re still trying to find (the defense),” Westhoff said.

The Coyotes earlier this week were having overnight camps at the gymnasium.

“We have four days and three nights at the school and practice twice a day,” Westhoff said. “We have a tournament where we play four on-four for the championship and it brings us all together.”

Westhoff is looking at blocking to be a strength and is looking at adjustments with her timing.

The Coyotes are at Cadillac Thursday.

“I think we’ll come out strong,” Westhoff said. “We’ve all been playing together for a long time. We know what we need to do.”

The Coyotes hope to win conference and districts. Westhoff expects teams like Chippewa Hills, Morley Stanwood and White Cloud to be tough.