Reed City girls fall to Chippewa Hills

REED CITY — Reed City’s next home match is Tuesday against Central Montcalm.

The Chippewa Hills volleyball team secured a key win on the road against Reed City in thrilling fashion on Tuesday night, Sept. 25.

The Warriors downed the Coyotes 3-2 (25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 22-25, 15-9).

“We struggled a little bit on serve-receive tonight,” Chippewa Hills head coach Hali Williams said. “That affected our game plan. We got down on ourselves a bit. It’s hard to remain aggressive going into five sets. But we weathered the storm.”

“Chip Hills did a good job,” Reed City head coach Don Patterson said. “They got the ball to their outside hitter and attacked us in a couple of places that we need work. Our serve-receive we need to work on a bit more. We weren’t consistent tonight.”

Alison Duddles led Reed City with 16 kills and one block and Kamryn Myers had a team-high 34 digs, while Claudia Francke had 33 assists, 13 digs, and one block. Madelynn Morgan had 28 digs and Madalynn Bronn tallied 24, while Mackenzie Wein added 20.

Demi Lodholtz had four kills, five aces, eight digs, and three blocks.

Chippewa Hills senior Sydney Wright was a force for the Warriors on the outside.

Sidney did a good job with outside hitting,” Williams said. “We did a good job with blocking. We just need to work on our serve-receive.”

Faced with elimination after dropping the first two sets, the Coyotes rallied to win set three and went up 17-9 on Chippewa Hills in set four. But the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to tie the set at 17. The Coyotes responded with an 8-4 run to win the set.

Chippewa Hills controlled set five from the start, jumping out to a 12-3 lead and never looking back.

“We just had them be aggressive,” Williams said. “Lose the game by yourself if you’re gonna lose it. As long as they’re aggressive and hitting the ball and working on their passes and trying to pick up digs. That’s all we can ask for.”

“I tell the girls that if we limit our errors, we can come back against any team,” Patterson said. “We needed to do a better job of controlling the ball and passing the ball. We didn’t serve very well in the first two games but we did in the next two. We didn’t pass well to start the fifth set.”

 

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

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