Evart volleyball falls to Pine River in conference battle

EVART—Evart and Pine River went toe-to-toe on Tuesday with the Bucks coming out on top.

While the Wildcats challenged Pine River in the second set, they would eventually fall to the Bucks with set scores of 25-17, 25-23, and 25-16 in Pine Rivers favor.

"We passed well, we weren't spiking the best by any means," Evart coach Amanda Brown said. "We were very scrappy. We had a lot of long valleys, just never came out on top. Our second match was really close. Can't complain about that. We just didn't have the right people on the floor to finish it."

Brooklyn Decker led the team on the evening in kills with four, while also notching 17 digs over the course of the match.

"I think we had good moments," Decker said. "In other moments we were flat, and that caused them to go on runs, I think that's what ultimately beat us."

Also having good nights were Kyrah Gray who had one kill and 12 digs, Katelyn Gostlin with one kill, Keira Elder with 15 digs and Addy Gray with 13 digs. McKenzy McKay also notched one kill.

"I think we could have had a better game if we would have communicated more, That's the biggest issue right now, our communication." McKay said. "It's something that we just need to work on in practice: communicating all the time. We can do it but we decided not to do it the middle of the game."

Pine River had multiple strong runs throughout the contest, including starting the third set by going up 7-1. This was headed by strong serving on the Pine River side.

"We definitely are an aggressive serving team," Pine River head coach Jana Dennis said. "So we're we're either hot or cold with those. But yeah, I mean, I would love to be aggressive serving all the time. I'm okay with a few errors . We are moving forward."

On the Pine River side, Lillian Pylman had nine digs and five aces. Lanie Sparks had 10 kills, 14 digs. Madi Sparks had eight kills, 20 digs and four aces. Alayna Nichols had 11 digs and 24 assists. Miriam Johnson added seven kills

Evart is at Brethren on Thursday. For Pine River, the Bucks will head to McBain next Tuesday Oct. 25.