REED CITY\u00a0\u2014 Skiler Brigham and Alison Schermerhorn are two of the only Reed City volleyball players back from last season\u2019s team. That\u2019s what makes the summer even more important for the 2014 Coyote volleyball squad. Both were at a volleyball session on Thursday, which included the varsity players working with those on the middle school level. \u201cWe\u2019re helping them pass and learn technique for serving,\u201d Schermerhorn said. \u201cWe\u2019ve had open gyms, scrimmaging working on passing.\u201d Both girls noted they\u2019ll be only two seniors. Schermerhorn played left the front last year and Brigham was right back. They expect things will change. Summer \u201cis very critical,\u201d Schermerhorn said. But that\u2019s what makes having volleyball in the fall so advantageous, they added. The summer program can go right into the fall campaign. \u201cWe have ball control next Monday and Tuesday (of this week) and scrimmage at Cadillac on Friday,\u201d Schermerhorn said, adding that ball control involves passing. There\u2019s also a hitting camp. Specializing various skills is advantageous, the players said. \u201cThen you can focus on one thing,\u201d Schermerhorn said. \u201cMy strength is probably hitting. I need to get better at passing and blocking.\u201d \u201cPassing and hitting\u201d is what Brigham wants to work on as she and her teammates get closer to the season,which opens in mid-August with practices, followed by tournament and dual-match action.