Evart volleyball team falls 3-1 to Farwell
EVART — Evart’s volleyball team was scheduled to resume action this week with a Tuesday game at Harrison and a Saturday trip to the Hesperia Invitational.
Evart’s next home game is Sept. 9 against Manistee.
The second game of Evart’s non-league volleyball match (Aug. 25) against Farwell was the type of performance new Wildcat coach Katie Nostrant would like to see all season.
But it was the only game the Wildcats would win in a 3-1 loss to the Eagles.
Evart lost the first game 25-13, but came back to win the second one 25-13. Farwell took the next two 25-12, 25-18.
Grace Saupe served an ace for the 25th point in the first game. But Evart dominated the second game with freshman McKenzie Kimball serving five straight points, including three aces, for a 5-1 lead.
Farwell struggled with its serve receive and trailed 11-5. Mikayla Wallace’s ace gave her team a 22-10 lead. Kimball served the winning point.
Farwell got the momentum back in the third game and led 19-6 after six straight points from Emily Vaughn.
The Wildcats hung tough in the fourth game, trailing only 17-14 after two straight points from Kamryn Struble. But the Eagles regained control and won the match on Lillian Albaugh’s ace.
Nostrant said practices started on Aug. 12 and the Wildcats, 0-3, haven’t had extensive practice time with a new system. She was happy with the second game.
“We’ve had three team practices,” Nostrant said. “We had three days to cover offense, serving, defense, hitting, blocking, covering your hitters. That’s a lot of stuff to get in three days.”
Farwell was playing its first match of the season.
“We did a very good job tonight,” Eagle coach Jacob Sullivan said. “We showed we were learning as the game went on. We played better at the end than what we started playing.”
Sullivan said his team’s hitting was better than what he expected.
“We’re looking good to start the season,” he said.
Evart had seven aces as a team. McKenzie Kimball, Evart’s freshman setter, had seven assists.
The Wildcats are off until Tuesday when they play at Harrison.