Evart volleyball at Montabella Thursday

EVART — It’s going to be busy in upcoming days for the Evart volleyball team

The Wildcats play at Montabella this Thursday in non-league play and have a home match Oct. 7 with Lake City.

Evart’s volleyball team has been trying to find that winning touch this season, while McBain Northern Michigan Christian has been getting the job done.

That remained the case Tuesday (Sept. 23) in NMC’s 25-10, 25-14, 25-17 Highland Conference victory over the Wildcats.

Evart fell to 0-4 while the Comets improved to 10-1-4.

Loraine Foster served a couple aces for Evart to cut the Comets’ lead in the second game to 24-14. A bad Evart serve gave the Comets the 25th point.

“We’re working on it,” Evart coach Kristy Weidenfeller said. “We’re working on our hitting mostly and our confidence.”

Tabby Turley served two straight aces in the third game to give Evart an early 4-1 lead. The Comets were able to control the net again and eventually gained the lead 15-11. Ashley Hopkins served an ace for Evart and it was 16-13. But Melanie Heuker had an ace for Northern Michigan Christian for a 21-16 lead. Amanda DeZeeuw had a couple of kills to help the visitors put the game away.

“We did have good serving (Tuesday),” Comets coach Holly Smith said. “All-around, they played well.”

Krista Kullman had two aces, seven kills, one block and five digs for Evart, while Tabby Turley delivered two kills, three digs and nine assists, Natalie Belleville had one kill and one block; Ashley Hopkins had an ace and kill while Foster and Danielle Beasley had five digs apiece.

Foster is among the first-year varsity players on the Evart  team who played junior varsity last season.

“It’s a more aggressive sport and there’s a lot more talent,” Foster said of the varsity level.

Serving has been a strength for Foster.

“I think I have a good spin on it,” she said, adding that she’s been working on all phases of her game. “I like hitting the best.”

Evart is at the Farwell Invitational on Oct. 11.

“I think we’re making progress as a team,” Foster said. “We’re getting better. We need to be more aggressive to want the ball.”