Evart falls in five-set volleyball clash against MCC

Evart’s Angel Porter (16) and her teammates encourage each other on Thursday during volleyball action at home against Manistee Catholic. See story on Page 1B. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

EVART — Evart battled Manistee Catholic Central hard from start to finish on Thursday before losing 3-2.

After dropping the first two sets, 25-23, 25-21 the Wildcats clawed back with a dominating 25-13 win in the third set and took the next one 25-8. But MCC came back in the fifth 15-10.

“It was a pretty exciting night,” Evart coach Katie Nostrant said. “There was a lot of new players at different positions tonight. We played (freshman) Skylar Baumgardner all the way around. She did excellent. They all did so good.”

Evart fell behind in both of the first two sets, and rallied back but couldn’t pull off the win either time.

Kara Henry served three straight points to cut the MCC lead to 21-20 in the first set. McKenzie Kimball’s ace tied the score 22-22. It was 23-23, but the Sabers got the next two points to win the game.

The Sabers fired out to a 12-3 lead in the second set. Henry served for a couple of aces to keep her team in the set. Livia Hopkins had an ace to cut the Evart deficit to 22-18. But the Sabers were able to get the win.

The Wildcats’ momentum carried over to the 25-13 win in the third set.

A service point by Hopkins gave her team a 5-1 lead in the fourth set. Henry’s three aces and five straight service points gave her team a 17-5 lead. Hopkins served for an ace and a 23-7 lead. Angel Porter’s block made it 24-7 and Evart moved to the 25-8 win.

MCC’s Lisa Giani served her team to a 4-1 lead in the fifth set. Giani’s kill gave her team a 9-5 lead. Henry’s ace cut Evart’s deficit to 10-9. Giani’s two aces put MCC up 14-10. An out of bounds serve by Evart ended the game 15-10.

Porter had nine kills and two blocks, Henry had six kills and four blocks, Kimball had four kills, two assists and one ace, Deanna Conklin had 13 assists and one ace, and Hopkins had three kills, one block and five aces

“We played hard and did our best to win,” Henry said.

“It was a long night,” MCC coach Dan Long said. “We played a good game. It was tough to the end.”

Evart plays at Manton on Tuesday.

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