EVART — It was a promising start for Evart’s volleyball team on Aug. 23 but a disappointing finish.

The Wildcats fired out to a 25-23 win in nonleague action over Farwell. But the Eagles took the next three games to win the match 25-16, 26-24, 25-19.

Sydney Hurley collected four straight service aces in the second game for Farwell, putting her team in control 24-16.

In the seesaw third game, the Wildcats led 12-7 in the early stages. Chelsea Bengry’s kill late in the match gave Evart a 24-23 lead. But the Wildcats couldn’t get that clinching point and Lyndsay Ruckle gave Farwell the 26-24 win on two straight aces. In the fourth game, two service points from Hannah Reger gave Evart a 21-15 advantage. Ruckle’s ace picked up the 25th point.

“Farwell came out a little more flat-footed in the first game than we did,” said Evart coach Cindy Zielinski, adding that the third game was a key turning point. “We had the momentum but never got it back after that.”

For Evart, Saige Nabozny recorded four kills while Bengry had three. Stephonya Hamilton contributed 14 assists. Bengry had five blocks. Dani Gray had four digs.

“Our serving was not great,” Zielinski said. “Our serve receive was not good We weren’t moving our feet.”

“We were pumped and excited for the first game,” said Evart senior Magdalen Hyde. “After that we lost focus.”

The Wildcats played at Mesick on Tuesday. This Thursday, they’ll be at Coleman. Both are nonleague duals.

“We’ve been working on serving and being more aggressive on our offense,” Zielinski said.


The Coyotes were 1-3 at the Alma Invitational on Thursday. They defeated Forest Area but then lost to Bath, Alma and Pellston.

Reed City junior Sami Michell said the matches against Bath and Alma could have been Coyote wins.

“We should have won against Pellston too,” she said. “We did not play well in the game.”