By Bob Allan Herald Review Sports Writer

EVART — Katie Nostrant knows how good her Evart volleyball team can be.

That is why the second-year coach was happy with the Wildcats victory over Baldwin on Thursday, but understands more work needs to be done before district play. Evart knocked off the Panthers 25-18, 25-10, 25-17.

“We need to bring back the intensity,” she said. “Once we have that, they will be unstoppable.”

The Wildcats were nearly unstoppable for the better part of a game and a half to open the match. Evart trailed 9-7 early in the first set, but scored seven straight points to grab control.

The momentum from the first set carried over to the second as Evart jumped all over Baldwin.

“The key for us was teamwork,” senior libero Danielle Beasley said. “We weren’t talking, we weren’t communicating. Once we did that, we started to get going.”

Aiding to the success was a strong service games from players such as Savanah Ross and McKenzie Kimball, who helped the Wildcats race out to a quick lead in the second set.

“Momentum is huge in volleyball,” Nostrant said. “We have to realize it comes and goes and when we have it, we are unstoppable.”

Evart briefly lost momentum to begin the third game.

Behind the serving of Riley Drilling and Diamond Cannon, the Panthers took a quick 8-1 lead.

For a team trailing two sets, it would have been easy for Baldwin to throw in the towel. However, that isn’t the nature of the team, according to Baldwin coach Duane Roberts.

“We had some players put in different positions that they aren’t used to, but they kept their spirits up,” Roberts said.

With two weeks before the district tournament, both squads are preparing for the postseason. Baldwin has no scheduled games before opening district play with Mason County Eastern on Oct. 31 at Pentwater.

For Evart, it has the Highland Conference tournament on Saturday. Then it will be the district tournament.

Beasley, for one, believes the Wildcats can bring home a district title.

“We’ve been playing well, playing as a team and we’re communicating as a team,” she said. “I think we can win the district. I can really see us going to the regional tournament.”