Evart volleyball girls fall to Beaverton

EVART — Serve-receive has sometimes been a thorn in Evart’s side during the volleyball season.

That was the case Monday night with the Wildcats losing to Beaverton 25-10, 25-20, 25-8 in a Class C first-round district game on Monday at Evart High School.

While Beaverton advances to the district semifinals Wednesday night at Pine River, Evart’s season ends at 6-16.

Beaverton fired out to a 15-7 lead in the first game and upped it to 19-7 on two straight aces from Janae Wolfe. Sophomore Mara VanOrder, playing in her second game up from the Evart junior varsity, had a block late in the game, but Evart trailed 23-9 and went on to lose the set.

Evart coach Krissy Weidenfeller said she’s been impressed with VanOrder’s play.

“She’s a great player,” Weidenfeller said. “She’s a great asset to the team.”

The Wildcats had a stronger second game and Kristin Kullman’s ace made it a 12-12 tie. Jasmyn Parker-Urban had a couple of aces for the Beavers for a 17-13 lead. Hannah Hartner had a kill to keep the Beavers going. A bad serve for Evart gave Beaverton its 25th point.

Serve receive haunted the Wildcats in the third game. Parker-Urban had three straight aces for a 15-3 advantage. Jessica Tea-Hui had a kill for Evart, but the Wildcats were down 17-7 Lia Andrews’ ace helped the Beavers put the game away.

“When you’re in a situation where you want to win, you can’t make silly mistakes,” Weidenfeller said.

Beaverton improved to 30-13-1.

“We placed second in our conference (Jack Pine),” said Beavers coach Steve Evans. “It’s been one of the best seasons we’ve ever had.”

Scrappy defense has been a key for Beaverton all season.

“We don’t let a lot of balls hit the floor,” Evans said. “When we are in system, we have a fast attacking offense.”

For the winners, Ashton Snyder had 26 assists followed by Parker Urban with 17 digs and six aces.

“Jasmyn did a good job keeping the ball off the floor,” Evans said

Tea-Hui had nine digs for Evart while Kirsten Parsons added three kills and Tabby Turley had six assists.

“Coaching for my first time, I think they learned a lot and I’m really proud of them,’” Weidenfeller said. “They should be proud of themselves.”