Evart volleyball defeats Mesick

EVART — Evart scored a 20-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-23 non-league victory Thursday over Mesick in non-league action. The Wildcats improved to 8-15-1 overall.

Chelsea Bengry contributed 10 kills and nine blocks for the Wildcats while Magdalen Hyde added 11 kills and three aces. Kirsten Parsons contributed seven blocks and two digs while Tabitha Turley added eight aces and Lydia Wetters had 24 assists.

“We started with two many errors in the first game,” said Evart coach Cindy Zielinski. “But then we came back strong on serves. They really played well as a team.”

Wetters said serving and teamwork played a key role in the victory.

She’s played various positions for the Wildcats but said her strength alternates between setting and the back row.

“At the beginning, I wasn’t one of the best players, Wetters said. “I think I’ve progressed so I’m even with the playing field again.”

Her passing continues to be strong, Wetters said, while “hitting is down: is an area she needs to improve upon.”

The 25-12 win was perhaps one of the stronger games the Wildcats have played all season.

We played aggressively and played well as a team,” Zielinski said. “My frehsman that I pulle dup, Tabitha Turley, did a nice job. I pulled her up in the last week or so. She’s probalby had her best game for us.”

In the fourth game for Evart, Hyde’s ace gave her team a 14-13 lead. Bengry’s hit made it 18-16. But Mesick came back for a 22-20 advantage, Parsons’ block tied the gave 22-22 and Kirstin Kullman’s ace made it 23-22. Parsons’ block made it 24-22. Mesick got a point back but Parsons’ kill ended the game.

Wetters said teamwork and relying on each other will continue to be a key.

“We have to keep practicing hard and have a good attitude, up and down, and believe we can still win,” she said.

“We have to be aggressive on offense,” said Zienlinski, “and (excel in) serve receive.”