Evart volleyball team opens Saturday at Chippewa Hills

EVART — Evart’s volleyball team is preparing for its season debut which will come this Saturday at the Chippewa Hills Invitational

“We were there last year,” said Evart coach Cindy Zielinski. “There’s some pretty good teams there.”

Evart started practice on Aug. 10 and Zielinski was hopeful of having a scrimmage prior to Saturday’s action.

Senior Magdalen Hyde will be among the key players for the Wildcats.

“We had a great season last year,” Hyde recalled. “We had a great team.”

Hyde also plays basketball and softball at Evart but stayed active in summer volleyball.

“I went to the open gyms most of the time,” said Hyde, who is still focusing on her position for this season. She was at libero last season

“I’m kind of equal in all of them right now,” she said. “I’ll be happy with any spot I have.”

Hyde takes pride in having hustle on the team and plenty of team unity.

“We’ll be OK,” she said. “Maybe not as good as last season, but we’ll work to be that good.”

Chelsea Bengry, a senior, is among the key Wildcat players and noted that a week ago, she played in a coed slow-pitch softball pickup game at Reed City.

Bengry played on a team that included her two brothers and sister.

“It was fun, I hadn’t played slow-pitch before,” said Bengry, who also plays on Evart’s spring fast pitch high school team.

Along with Bengry and Hyde, other key players for the Wildcats will be Dani Gray and Kylie Yesh. Zielinski expects to have nine players. Kirsten Parsons a sophomore will also play at the net.

“There will be some height,” Zielinski said. “A lot of these girls haven’t played with each other. It will take awhile to getting used to be playing with each other.”

On Saturday, “we’ll play with some things and see what our best fit will be,” she said. “We have some good athleticism. I lost some good athletes from last year.”