Reed City sweeps Belding from volleyball playoffs

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:35 am on Thursday, November 08, 2012

Belding’s Rachel Hunt goes low for a dig during Tuesday’s Class B regional semifinal game against Reed City. The Redskins lost 3-0.

FREMONT — Belding’s volleyball team had their season end in tough fashion Tuesday night.

The Reed City Coyotes swept the Redskins from the Class B playoffs with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-17 win in the regional semifinals at Fremont High School.

“I didn’t think we serve-received well at all,” Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh said. “Especially in the first game, we were taken right out of the game.”

Reed City coach Dan Patterson agreed.

“I thought we really served well (Tuesday night),” Patterson said. “I don’t know if we served that well all year. That was as good as it gets. It took them (Belding) out of what they wanted to do.”

The Coyotes (29-21) used their serve to put the Redskins (17-17-5) in a huge hole in the opener. Linebaugh had to call a timeout when her team got down 18-5.

“I think mostly with their topspin server we struggled with that,” Linebaugh said.

Linebuagh told her team to “stay positive” in her first timeout.

“It’s too early in the night for that,” she said. “We just had to get back into our game and get a serve receive to set our game up.”

Patterson didn’t think the match was going to be a quick one after getting the lead.

“But it’s a big push. It really gets some confidence,” he said. “Volleyball is such a game of momentum that once you get on a roll it picks your spirits up on your team and pushes the other team’s spirits, too.”

Belding jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second game.

Belding’s Carrie Smith (11) gets a piece of Reed City’s Michaela Reed’s attack on Tuesday.

“I don’t know if it was settling in with our nerves or what,” Linebaugh said. “You have to go play your game.”

But the Coyotes ran off a 6-0 run to take the lead, and the run ended when Linebaugh used her first timeout down 11-8. Belding never led again.

The third game saw Reed City get out to a 12-5 lead, only to see the Redskins get a 6-0 run to get to within one.

However a 6-1 Reed City run put the Coyotes into a commanding position and take the match.

Linebaugh tried to make some adjustments to get back into the match.

“The biggest thing was I didn’t think we moved our block,” Linebaugh said. “They were hitting cross(-court) a lot and I didn’t think we moved our block to adjust and to read the shoulders a little bit better.”

Jacolyn Mullins was the star of the match. The Reed City junior had 14 kills and 11 aces. Heather Tacey had 25 assists and Emma Lockhart led in digs with 20.

Belding got 15 digs and six kills from Hannah Linebaugh, 16 assists from her sister Brooke and a pair of aces from Stefanie Harig.

Belding finishes the year 17-17-5.

The Coyotes will face Whitehall in the final Thursday.

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