EVART – In one of their most recent home game Sept. 6, the Evart Wildcats volleyball team lost to Gladwin 25-12, 25-21, 25-20 in non-league action.

Gladwin, after winning the first game handily, bolted out to a 20-11 lead in the second set. But then the Wildcats started taking charge. Kristin Kullman had an ace and another service point to cut the gap to 22-20. Jessica Tea had a block to put Gladwin’s lead to 23-21. Jacquelyn Willford’s ace scored the 25th point for the visitors.

Kirsten Parsons’ two aces in the third game gave Evart a 15-14 edge. Alexus Wimmer later had a kill for a 17-15 lead. But Gladwin took the next four points and when Trina Plude served four straight, it was 24-20, Gladwin.

The Flying G’s took a unique 25th point when Evart lofted the ball up in the top part of the folded curtain that is used to separate the gym.

“We usually start out bad, then we get better,” said Wimmer. “We’ve gotten better. We need to have good attitudes and talk. I try to keep them up.”

Saige Nabozny had nine kills and Parsons added five for the Wildcats, who netted 12 assists from Lydia Wetters and seven blocks from Parsons.

“We played much better,” said Evart coach Jayme Maddern. “We started working as a team. We have a lot of girls starting to step up and play. I’m proud of them. We’re starting to click. We’re very young.”

Evart was home Tuesday against McBain Northern Michigan Christian in the Highland Conference opener.

“It’s a tough conference,” Maddern said. “We’re still working on fundamentals and teamwork.”