Evart junior encouraged with volleyball team’s recent play

Tabby Turley (center) and her Evart teammates discuss their strategy against Farwell. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
Tabby Turley (center) and her Evart teammates discuss their strategy against Farwell. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

EVART — Tabby Turley played on an Evart girls volleyball squad that didn’t win a match last season.

But the Wildcat junior likes the prospects of this year’s squad.

The Wildcats came very close to their first win of the season before succumbing to the Farwell Eagles Tuesday night (Aug. 27) 3-2 in nonleague volleyball action.

Farwell won the first game 15-9, but Evart took the next two 25-13, 25-23. Farwell prevailed in the final two games 25-20, 15-12 to take the match.

“I’m so proud of them, they worked so hard,” said Evart coach Krissy Weidenfeller. “They never gave up. They wanted it so bad. If we play that good in the future, we’ll get even better.”

The Eagles stormed out to a 7-0 lead in the first game although a point by Turley gave Evart a 14-13 lead later in the game. Farwell came back and won it on a point by Lauren Ringwalt.

Kristin Kullman started finding the serving touch and helped the Wildcats take a 17-10 lead in the second game. A block from Kristen Parsons gave her team a 25-13 lead to tie the match.

Farwell had an 18-14 lead in the third game but Evart came back and led 23-20 after five straight service points from Kullman. A net error on Farwell gave Evart the win and a 2-1 lead.

Evart players occasionally had problems in the next two games with a slippery gym floor from leaks in the roof during a rainy night. Amber Eastman’s block sparked Evart to a 12-9 lead in the final game before Farwell scored six straight points.

Kullman had four kills, 12 aces and nine digs. Jessica Tea-hui added an ace, two kills and 12 digs. Parsons had 11 kills and two digs, Sabrina McKay had two aces and seven digs and Turley had 17 assists and two aces, plus eight digs.

“We haven’t been that close to winning a game so that was exciting for us,” Turley said. “Our passes were a lot better and our serves were better. Their tipping got to us. We weren’t quick on our feet for that.”

Turley is setting for the first time since her freshman season.

“I’m a little rusty,” she said. “I started setting when the season started. It’s a lot of practice.”

Turley is also hoping to be more consistent on her serving.

Evart plays at Hesperia Saturday.

“We need to talk and keep our attitudes up,” she said.