Kullman set for senior season with Evart volleyball team

EVART — Kristen Kullman is in her third varsity volleyball season for Evart and realizes she will be counted on plenty as one of only two returning players.

Kullman is set to be a leftside hitter.

“We have a lot of young players,” Kullman said, whose team started practices Aug. 13 and has games this week. “I’ll be more of a leader than past years.”

She expects to have her best hitting season. Also a basketball player and track athlete, Kullman attended open gyms during the summer. There were only two weeks of practice prior to the first match but Kullman indicated she has evolved into the volleyball mindset.

Kullman and Tabby Turley are the only returning players. The other eight are first-year varsity volleyball performers. Kullman figures it would take some matches for all the players to mesh together.

She’s also looking to help the team out in passing, which she said will be “very” critical for the Wildcats.

“We have a lot of hustle,” she said, adding that “passing” and serving will be critical areas for the team.

Kullman has played in the Highland Conference before and realizes it’s not an easy league with the likes of Beal City. It’s important, she added, to get off to a strong start in nonleague action to open the season. The Wildcats have Farwell, Coleman, Harrison, Hesperia and Big Rapids Crossroads in nonleague matches the first five dates of the season.

Kullman is looking to improve in hitting throughout the year.