Evart volleyball team defeats Baldwin

BALDWIN — This marks the final week of the volleyball regular season for the Evart Wildcats and Baldwin Panthers, who are hoping to be playing their best as they get ready for districts next week.

The Wildcats were able to pick up a non-league victory 3-0 at Baldwin on Thursday.

The Wildcats won the first game 25-17, but fell behin

d in the second game.

McKenzie Kimball had a tip to help Evart get back in the game. Elexus Pieske had an ace for put Baldwin in the lead 16-14. Evart came back and got the 25th point by Cyanna Dellar.

Baldwin fired out to a 4-0 lead in the second game. But the Wildcats came marching back and led 20-18 on Livia Hopkins ace. Natalie O'Dell served two aces to end the match.

Felicia Nelson, a backrow player, was among the key contributors for Evart.

“We had a lot of good serving,” Nelson said. “We need the good sets. Today, we worked hard and hustled and it was a fun game.”

Nelson is in her third varsity season.

“Digging has been a strength,” she said. “We need teamwork and communication.”

Riley Drilling was among the top players for Baldwin.

“We played better than in the past,” Drilling said. “I feel we worked more as a team than before. We just have an attitude that gets to us. You just have to fight through and overcome. You have to stay as positive as you can.”

Hitting, blocking and serving have been strengths for Drilling.

“You have to be ready for anything,” she said. “You have to move, move, move. We have to learn to work together as a team.”

“We did everything pretty good,” Pieske said. “We just have to talk more.”

For Evart, Nelson had eight aces while Deller had six kills and Kara Henry and Kimball had five kills apiece. Kimball also had 10 assists.

“They played really good,” Evart coach Katie Nostrant said. “They played to Baldwin's game, but they persevered, came through and beat them. We've had lots of people injured and ineligible and stuff like that.”

“I was very impressed with how my girls played tonight,” Baldwin coach Duane Roberts said. “There's nothing to complain about. Jazlin Johnson was getting up there with the blocks and attacks and had some beautiful kills.”

Baldwin plays Marion on Nov. 2 in the Class D districts at McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

“We'll work on covering and different zones,” Roberts said.