Evart girls fall to Coleman

Kaylee Ladd plays the ball for Evart.
Kaylee Ladd plays the ball for Evart.

EVART — Evart’s volleyball team put on a late run in Thursday’s match against Coleman but it wasn’t enough in a 25-16, 25-8, 25-20 non-league loss.

“We played very well,” Evart coach Katie Nostrant said. “But the girls weren’t talking to each other the first game. They were just going through the motions.”

Coleman dominated the second game to take a 2-0 lead. The Comets appeared to have won the third 25-10 but were penalized for using an incorrect server.

It gave Evart a point and took four away from the Comets. With McKenzie Kimball playing well at the net and Livia Hopkins serving an ace, the Wildcats were able to cut it to 21-16 and later came to within four, 23-19. But the Comets were able to put the game away.

Evart had serve receive problems in the second game. Hopkins had another ace for the Wildcats but Coleman was able to put the ball effectively in the open spaces.

“I think we could have done a lot better if we talked and worked as a team,” Evart’s sophomore setter Kaylee Ladd said. “We’ve worked very hard. In practice, we try to do things to lift each other up.”

Ladd and Nostrant both acknowledged the Wildcats played some of their best volleyball after Coleman was penalized in the third game.

“Before that happened, we were not really excited and talking,” she said. “But when that happened, we were all excited and ready to go.”

“We did get fired up and got into the game a little,” Nostrant said.

It’s Ladd’s second year on the varsity.

As a libero, “it’s my role to try my hardest to get any ball that comes my way and try my hardest for it,” she said.

Ladd’s been in the back row in the past.

She’s also working to improve her serving. “You have to use all your body strength and try to get it over,” she said.

Since practices started in August, “we’ve made a lot of progress,” Ladd said. “We’ve worked together and we’ve become a team. I think we can do good things if we want to.”

Evart lost 3-0 to Beal City 25-14, 25-18, 25-13 on Tuesday, Sept. 26, “but we played unbelievable,” Nostrant said. “That was good for us.”