Evart volleyball team falls in final home match

EVART — The season ended for Evart against McBain Monday night in Class C district action, 3-0.

Meanwhile both Marion’s and Evart’s volleyball teams entered Tuesday’s Highland Conference finale (Oct. 28) seeking their first league win of the season.

Much to Evart’s disappointment, it was Marion that got the job done in a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-16, 25-15).

“We’re getting better,” Evart coach Krissy Weidenfeller said. “It’s better. They’re working hard.”

After sneaking past Evart in the first set, Marion netted an ace from Carmen Gage for a 21-13 lead in the second game. An hitting error from Evart provided the 25th point.

In the third game, Turley served an ace for a 3-1 lead. But Amanda Rodenish later put Marion back ahead with five straight points for a 12-3 lead. Ashley Hopkins served for two Evart points to cut it to 12-10, but Alison Deighton served five straight points and Marion built a 19-10 lead. Turley had two kills for the Wildcats, who were down 22-13. Becca Johnson served for an ace and Cage had two to put the Eagles in control.

“We’ve improved in places and didn’t in others,” Turley said. “I think if the season would have lasted longer we could have won more. For Evart, Kristin Kullman had three kills and six digs, Tabby Turley added nine assists.” Natalie Belleville had three kills, Ashley Hopkins contributed two kills and Danielle Beasley had three digs. 

“We had been out of sorts because we lost our two middle hitters last week (to injuries),” said Marion coach Brook Pollington. “The girls stepped up and did a good job (Tuesday).”

Turley, a setter, is in her senior season.

“As a senior, my setting is better,” Turley said. “I understand things a lot more. We’ve got a lot of younger players on the team. We need to talk. We were off tonight. It’s about talking and making smarter decisions.

Turley said her serving has gotten “more powerful” in recent matches.