Evart volleyball team eyes bright future

Wildcats improved at the end of the season

Skylar Baumgardner

Skylar

Baumgardner

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

EVART – The Evart volleyball season ended recently for the Wildcats and coach Amanda Brown considered it a productive one, especially with how the team finished strong late in the season.

Brown has coached for 18 years with 12 years in Evart and six at Crossroads Charter Academy. The Wildcats were 6-23-2.

“We improved a lot this season and we took four conference teams to five matches this season and played them really tough,” Brown said. “We were young and gained a lot of confidence and experience. We did well and I wish they would learn to finish. I wish they believed in themselves and their ability.

 
“When we played Pine River, we took them to five matches and the girls finished. I am so proud of them. When we played Roscommon and played some great volleyball, we didn’t finish but competed. Chippewa Hills tournament played some tough teams and beat Chippewa Hills in some really good matches.”

The challenge for the Wildcats was “having them believe and have the attitude to compete every point of every night,” Brown said.

Skylar Baumgardner is a senior setter who was three years all conference, and one year honorable mention.

“Skylar is a good hitter with 65 kills this season and 23 blocks this season,” Brown said. “Brooklyn Decker is a sophomore middle hitter and back row honorable mention.  She is great in the back row, made some amazing saves and did a great job in the front row with hitting 62 kills and 28 blocks this season.

“MaKenzie McKay is a junior outside hitter with lots of power and excitement. She can hit the ball wherever she wants and has gotten really good at it. She was also a very good server and diver/digger.”

Ally Thunick was a sophomore middle back row solid back row and front row middle hitter.

“She got her hands on lots of blocks this season and kills for her team,” Brown said. “Addy Gray is a junior, and good all-around player. She is a setter and all-around good player.

“Katie Goslin (sophomore) was brought to varsity to be an outside hitter but turned into our utility who can do it all and took the new position in stride. If you saw her play you would guess she had played the position all the time. Wherever her team needed her, she was always up to the challenge with a smile.” 

Senior back row player Cadence Lewence “could cover and pass every day of the week. She had a lot of great saves and always had a smile doing it,” Brown said, adding Ava Retlewski, a senior back row and outside hitter, hustles and had great passes and was always covering. She was always dancing with a smile. 

“Lillie Gallanger, junior back row specialist, was working hard and covering. She had a lot of great passes this season for her team. I am sad to see my seniors go because this is my first group that I have been with for four years since I have been back to Evart. I am proud of how they have grown and improved not only in the game of volleyball but in the classroom and in life. 
With everyone who is coming back, I can’t wait to see what our future holds for these young ladies.”