Evart junior three-sport athlete thrives for volleyball team

Evart's Addy Gray (right) will soon be working with her team to open the basketball season.

Evart's Addy Gray (right) will soon be working with her team to open the basketball season.

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EVART – Addy Gray is an extremely talented junior three-sport athlete for the Evart Wildcats who was hoping to have a long post season this week in volleyball.

But when volleyball season ends, Gray will quickly put on her basketball shoes and invest in trying to lead Evart to a winning season.

The Wildcats were plagued by quarantines during the offseason but had some memorable matches to close out the regular season including against archrival Pine River and nonleague foe Brethren.

Gray was a setter for the volleyball Wildcats. She was a setter for two years but was a middle hitter as a sophomore.
“I prefer setter,” she said. “I just like making it so my hitters can get a kill.” 

But if the coach would have told her to move back to hitting, Gray said she would have happily obliged.

The key to being a good setter, “is just getting the ball to where your hitters want it,” Gray said. “I’ve been doing good.”

The Wildcats graduated some key seniors from a year ago and entered this season as a young squad. They entered the districts with a 6-26 record although the last few matches included some impressive efforts.

“It’s been good, although I missed half the season because I was in quarantine,” Gray said. “I missed like two weeks.”

After quarantine, it took her awhile to get back in the groove, Gray admitted.

“It’s hard just being able to watch from my TV,” she said. “But they did good.”

Basketball and softball are Gray’s favorite sports. Basketball practices officially opened on Monday although Gray was hoping her volleyball team would still be playing next week.

“We have to play as a team and communicate,” she said.

But Gray played a lot of basketball and softball during the offseason and is looking forward to a winter on the hardcourt.

“It’s looking good,” said Gray, a shooting guard and point guard.