Wildcats come up short against Aggies

Evart volleyball team doesn’t have enough firepower to take down Beal City

EVART — Beal City is 19-0 in girls volleyball and has defeated teams like Morley Stanwood and Mount Pleasant so far this season.

Tuesday night, the Evart Wildcats hoped that recent winning success would carry over into a solid effort against the Aggies. But the visitors controlled the serving line and the net in posting a 25-13, 25-5, 25-9 Highland Conference victory.

HANDS UP: Evart's Amber Eastman (7) and Alexus Wimer (10) go up to block a Beal City shot during Tuesday's action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

HANDS UP: Evart’s Amber Eastman (7) and Alexus Wimer (10) go up to block a Beal City shot during Tuesday’s action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

The Wildcats fell to 3-4.

After surviving a competitive first game, Beal City started taking advantage of Evart’s struggles at serve receive and bolted out to a 17-2 lead. Melanie Schafer had a stretch of six straight service points and Brittany Schumacher later had two straight aces for a 22-4 lead. Addie Schumacher served an ace for the 25-5 win.

Anna Reihl set the tone for the third game with six straight points, including four aces for an 8-1 lead. The Wildcats cut it to 11-5 on an ace from Kristin Kullman. Addie Schumacher served two straight aces for a 16-8 lead. Jenna Theisen later served for a pair of aces and 23-9 advantage.

“We have to work on our blocking,” said Evart coach Krissy Weidenfeller, adding that service receive would be another area of concern.

Tabby Turley had three digs while Kristin Parsons had four kills and Kullman had five kills and four digs.

“We couldn’t get our team to play together,” Parsons said. “We have to forget this game and play like we usually do.”

Leading the Aggies were Addie Schumacher with 10 kills, Reihl with eight aces, Nicole Gross with six kills and Addie Schumacher with 10 kills.

“A lot of our more competitive tournaments are coming up,” said Beal City coach Kelly David. “We’ve been playing some good teams.”

Beal City has only four seniors but seven returners from last season.

Evart plays Tuesday at McBain Northern Michigan Christian. The Wildcats are 0-1 in the Highland.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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