Evart volleyball team continuing to improve

EVART — Evart’s volleyball team is getting ready for Highland Conference action.

Evart plays at Crossroads this Thursday and next Tuesday plays at Beal City to open the league schedule.

Three times Evart built solid leads over the Harrison Hornets Tuesday night (Sept. 2).

But three times, the Wildcats were unable to hang on in their game while suffering a 3-0 non-league volleyball loss.

Harrison prevailed 25-20, 25-22, 29-27 over the Wildcats.

In the first game, Evart led 13-10 but Harrison fought back for the five-point win. Loraine Foster served two aces to help Evart get out to a 15-4 lead in the second game. But Harrison came back with 14-2 scoring binge for an 18-17 lead and went on to score the three-point victory.

In the third game, Allyssa Witbeck served two aces for a 15-12 Evart lead and the Wildcats built a 26-25 advantage to take it to game point. But Harrison, on a tip by Ashleigh Robinson, scored the 29th point.

“I think they need to come out with more confidence in the front row,” Evart coach Krissy Weidenfeller. “I think that’s where we struggle the most. We’re working on it. We still have a lot to work to do.”

Evart, which lost last week to Farwell and Coleman, is 0-3. Kullman had two aces and five kills for Evart, followed by Tabby Turley with nine assists, two aces and two kills, Mikayla Wallace with two kills, Foster with three digs, Witbeck with three aces and Danielle Cocklin with two aces.

“We’re doing pretty good,” Witbeck said. “We have to get some stuff down like passing and hitting. We’ve come along a lot as far as working together.”

Compared to the other two matches, Weidenfeller could see the determination on her players’ faces.

“This one, you could tell they wanted it,” Weidenfeller said. “They wanted to win. They’re working well together. I think we’re almost there.”

Harrison is 1-1.

“We served well tonight and focused on communicating well with each other,” said Harrison coach Larry Flemming. “We are a very young group. We have  five sophomores and a freshman in there. It will be work for them this year being so young. They came together pretty good tonight.”

Evart only has two returning varsity players back from last season with Kullman and Turley.