Chippewa Hills volleyball bounces back from first CSAA loss with win vs Reed City

BLOCK: Reed City’s Meghan Borst (3) goes for a kill as Chippewa Hills’ Alex Bialik (2) and Cassidy Recker (14) jump to block on Tuesday. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

BLOCK: Reed City’s Meghan Borst (3) goes for a kill as Chippewa Hills’ Alex Bialik (2) and Cassidy Recker (14) jump to block on Tuesday. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

REED CITY – Chippewa Hills coach CJ Blaha was excited to see how his volleyball team would bounce back after suffering its first Central State Activities Association Gold Division loss to Grant last week.

The Warriors garnered the praise of Blaha on Tuesday after defeating host Reed City 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-9, 25-21).

“It was a good win,” Blaha said. “Reed city is young, but they played tough. The conference is here and there — you can win all three games 25-10 or lose all three 25-10 no matter who you face. The competition is there with every team. So this was a good win coming from Grant last week where we got put back in our place, but it feels good to come back with a win in the conference on the road.”

The Coyotes (2-18-4, 0-5 CSAA) responded after a first-set loss and took a 7-1 lead in the second game on a Jordyn Storch kill. The Warriors (18-9-6, 4-1) pulled to within two points, 23-21, before Reed City scored back-to-back points.

“I think we are starting to build something,” Reed City coach Don Patterson said. “We are starting to see the offense gel a little bit. We are still making too many errors to win those close games.”

Alex Bialik jump-started Chippewa Hills with four straight aces in the third game.

“She is our best server,” Blaha said. “Maybe not the most consistent, but when her serve is on, it’s on.”

Bialik had 25 assists and six aces, while senior Alexis Issette had a game-high 13 kills. Bailee Stirn had 11 kills, while Cassidy Recker had seven.

“Alexis was always at the net,” Blaha said. “She did some things we can clean up, but other than that, she played phenomenal. Bailee was playing lights out as well.”

Meghan Borst had five kills and 21 digs for Reed City, while Storch had 22 digs.

The Coyotes host Big Rapids and Shelby in a tri-meet Thursday.

“We have seen them both,” Patterson said. “Big Rapids is improved since we saw them earlier in the year, and Shelby has a couple really nice outside hitters.”

SPORTS BRIEFS

VARSITY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

NEWAYGO — Chippewa Hills took first at a CSAA Gold meet Tuesday at Newaygo with 43 points.

Fremont finished second with 48, followed by Big Rapids with 57.

The Cardinals’ Aliza Hengesbach placed first in 19:31.29, while teammate Meghan Langworthy was second in 19:59.38.

Chippewa Hills’ Hannah Todd finished third (20:05.99), while Deziree Shaw took sixth (20:30.48) and Natalie Newcombe seventh (20:41.68).

Big Rapids’ Madison Hammer placed eighth (20:52.32).

Morley Stanwood’s Mariana Maturen placed eighth overall (22:57.08) at a CSAA Silver meet Tuesday at Holton.

VARSITY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

NEWAYGO — Big Rapids placed second with 59 points at a CSAA Gold meet Tuesday at Newaygo.

Fremont won with 16 points, while Chippewa Hills took fourth with 105.

Big Rapids’ Mark Jacobs placed fifth (16:55.11), while Chippewa Hills’ Austin Mathis finished eighth (17:12.49).

Morley Stanwood placed fourth with 109 points at a CSAA Silver meet Tuesday at Holton.

Kent City won with 40 points.

Aiden McLaughlin led the Mohawks with a third-place finish (16:52.55), while teammate Kevin McNeil finished ninth (18:15.31).

VARSITY BOYS SOCCER

Gladwin 8, Crossroads Charter Academy 0

BIG RAPIDS — The Flying G’s ended the game early in the second half Tuesday.

The Cougars play Thursday at Pentwater.

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Posted by Ryan Zuke

Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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