EVART\u00a0\u2014 \u00a0Allyssa Witbeck enters her senior season as a key player for the Evart volleyball team. Witbeck has been on the varsity two years. \u201cLast year it was a little rough, but we played good as a team,\u201d Witbeck said. \u201cI did improve a lot.\u201d Witbeck was an outside hitter. But this season, \u201cI\u2019m going to be a setter and outside hitter,\u201d she said. \u201cMy JV year, I set.\u201d Her coach on the JV level was Katie Nostrant, who is making her varsity debut this season. \u201cI like setting, it comes easy,\u201d Witbeck said. \u201cOnce you get to know the girls and how they want to hit it, (setting) becomes easier. You have to know who\u2019s hitting and where they\u2019re going to want it. Mostly, it depends on how hard they want to swing.\u201d It\u2019s imperative, Witbeck noted, to remember which hitters are in the game. When they\u2019re being switched in and out, the situation gets a little trickier for a setter, she added. As an outside hitter, Witbeck is doing a lot of hitting and blocking. \u201cI hit it hard,\u201d she said, adding that this season, she\u2019s looking to hit the ball harder. Nostrant was appointed to the position in August, and players have been trying to catch up while learning with the new coach, Witbeck said. \u201cWe brought up some freshmen and sophomores,\u201d she said, adding that with more numbers on the varsity, \u201cit will help in not getting tired and there will be subs. \u201cFor this team to have success, everybody has to work together,\u201d Witbeck said. \u201cIf we work together, we\u2019ll get it together.\u201d Witbeck worked on her track seasons during the summer and will continue on that in the winter. Evart lost 2-0 to Baldwin in the Silver Bracket semifinals of the Crossroads Invitational Saturday.\u00a0In pool play, Evart lost to Hesperia 18-21, 14-21 and CCA 8-21, 7-21. It split with Marion 21-17, 17-21. \u201cI think we definitely have improved since the last few times we have played in a tournament, especially from last year,\u201d junior Danielle Conklin said. \u201cWe definitely need work, but we\u2019re talking more and communicating more.\u201d Evart is home against Beal City.