EVART -- So little time, but Jayme Maddern and the Evart Wildcats volleyball team will be trying to do as much as possible prior to opening the season this Saturday.

Maddern has taken over as Wildcat coach from Cindy Zielinski, who left her coaching duties for maternity leave.

Maddern started practices on Aug. 8 with her team and has been hoping to have as many as 20 girls. There are plans to have a junior varsity and varsity squad.

Last season, Maddern coached the eighth-grade volleyball team at Evart. She’s presently attending school at Baker College in Cadillac and works in the hospital up there.

Maddern is a native of Reed City and played volleyball for the Coyotes, who went to the state finals in 2000. She graduated in 2001 and played the sport through high school.

Last season was Maddern’s debut in coaching.

“Cindy stepped down, she had a baby this year,” Maddern said. “I decided to step in and help them out.”

Saige Nabozny and Lydia Wetters are two seniors who are back from last year’s squad.

“We have a young team with a lot of juniors this year,” she said.

Maddern didn’t get the position until a few weeks prior to the start of the season, limiting her chance to have offseason workouts with the team.

Action begins Aug. 18 at Chipppewa Hills.

“We’re getting the girls to work with each other,” Maddern said. “It’s a rebuilding year.”

Working on fundamentals has been a top priority for Maddern along with focusing on the team’s quickness.

The first home match is Aug. 23 with Harrison.