Reed City spikers pull out sweep

REED CITY — Reed City breezed past Central Montcalm and Hesperia Wednesday night in opening the Central State Activities Association volleyball season with a pair of victories.

The Coyotes opened with a 25-22, 25-16 sweep over Central Montcalm and finished the night with a 25-9, 25-16 victory over Hesperia.

ATTACK: Reed City's Emma Lockhart goes up for the kill during Wednesday's volleyball action at Reed City High School. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

“We served pretty good (Wednesday),” said Reed City coach Don Patterson. “I’m pleased with how our defense is coming along. We haven’t settled on a lineup. We’re still trying different things almost every game. It’s a great group of kids. They’re very athletic. They’re a motivated group of kids.”

After squeaking out the first-game victory against Central Montcalm, the Coyotes fired out to a 7-4 lead in the second game on two Sami Michell serve aces. Michell later had a kill for a 17-11 lead and Kalee Hensel added two service aces. Jordyn Mason served some key points late in the match for a 24-16 advantage.

Central Montcalm then swept Hesperia 25-20, 25-21.

The Coyotes coasted past Hesperia in the first game, Michell had five aces in a row and added four more points for a 16-2 lead. Jacolyn Mullins’ ace made it 25-9.

Hensel’s ace gave the Coyotes a 7-0 lead in the second game. The Panthers pulled together and trailed 15-12 at one stage. Natalie Westhoff’s kill gave Reed City a 22-16 lead and Michell closed out with three straight service points.

For the night, Michell had seven aces and nine kills while Emma Lockhart added nine kills, Mullins contributed three aces and four kills. Amy McKee totaled three aces and six kills and Hensel collected six aces. Westhoff had three kills. Jordyn Mason contributed three kills. Michaela Reed also contributed key plays for the hosts.

“I was pretty pleased,” Patterson said. “We’re still a pretty young team. You can see from the stats that we do things pretty balanced. We don’t have anyone that has to have a great game for us to be successful.”

“I think we played really good as a team,” Lockhart said. “We’re meshing better as the season goes on. We just need to work on talking all the time.”

Reed City is 6-6 overall.

“The first couple of tournaments we played really good competition,” Patterson said. “We like to make it as tough as we can the early part of the year.”

Reed City is at the Pine River Invitational on Saturday.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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