Evart blanks Montabella 3-0

Tabby Turley (6) plays the ball for Evart in volleyball action last Thursday against Montabella. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
Tabby Turley (6) plays the ball for Evart in volleyball action last Thursday against Montabella. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

EVART — Evart’s volleyball team scored 78 points in a 3-0 victory over Montabella last Thursday night.

But it seemed for a while to coach Krissy Weidenfeller that it might take forever for that winning point to come.

The Wildcats improved to 3-3 with a 25-19, 25-20, 28-26 sweep over the Mustangs.

Evart had a 24-22 lead in the final game but four times failed to get a match point. Jessica Tea-hui hammered a kill for the 28th point to end the night on a winning note for Evart.

Kendra Foster served for two aces to get Evart a 21-15 lead in the second game, Kristin Kullman had a kill for a 23-17 lead. Alexus Wimmer’s kill produced the 25th point.

Evart trailed most of the time in the third game and took its first lead, 20-19 on Tabby Turley’s ace. Kullman’s kill made it 23-20. But Montabella hung tough and tied it at 26-26 before Evart was able to get the next two points.

“I told the girls to get back in the groove, get organized and pick up the slack,” said Evart coach Krissy Weidenfeller. “They’re ready to win, They’re ready to come out and play hard. They’re all willing to let me teach them a thing or two. They’re hard workers. They’re improving a ton day-by-day.”

Kullman had seven kills and four blocks for Evart, while Turley had five aces and 13 assists.

“Serving and passing has been great,” Weidenfeller said, adding that Turley is doing a steady job of setting and the hitters are usually making the right decisions. “I’d like to see them hit it a little more than tip at times.”

Kirsten Parsons contributed eight kills and four blocks, and Sabrina McKay had 10 digs.

“We stayed up and worked as a team,” Wimmer said. “There’s a lot more confidence and ambition to work hard this year.”

Evart did not win a match last season when Wimmer was a junior.

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Evart enjoyed a win at the Hesperia Invitational last Saturday, defeating Hart 25-20, 25-20.

The Wildcats then lost to Kent City 25-6, 25-8 and 25-19, 25-23 to Montague.

Kristin Kullman had five kills and eight assists while Kirsten Parsons chipped in with four kills, five digs and six aces.

“They played really tough against Montague,” said Evart coach Krissy Weidenfeller. “They really wanted that last game. They really improved and played really hard.”

Evart defeated Harrison on Sept. 3 action 25-22, 26-28, 25-20, 25-19.

Jessica Tea-hui had six kills, Parsons added 11 kills and five aces, Tabby Turley contributed 12 assists and 15 digs, while Kullman added 16 digs.

The Wildcats didn’t win a match all of last season but now have two wins so far this fall.

“They’re getting very confident,” Weidenfeller said. “I like that. They’re playing better.”