A big win for the Montesano High School volleyball team leads our roundup of local prep and college sports action.
Montesano 3, Aberdeen 2
Montesano had to survive a comeback surge from Aberdeen before winning the final set to capture a 3-2 victory on Thursday night in Sam Ben Gym.
Montesano (1-1) got off to a strong start in the first set and withstood a surge from the Bobcats that made the set close but the Bulldogs ultimately won 25-20.
The second set played out similarly with Monte’s setter putting hitters in position for kills that Aberdeen’s backline couldn’t dig out.
After Monte won the second game 25-20, Aberdeen (0-2) responded and took the third set 25-16.
“Coming back from being down 2-0 shows a lot of heart,” Aberdeen head coach Doug Basler said. “ I like the fact that we fought back and didn’t just quit. We hung right in there and I’m proud of the girls.”
Aberdeen pulled out the fourth set 25-19 and appeared to have grabbed the momentum, but Montesano got off to a fast start in the fifth set and won five of the first six points before the Bulldogs eventually put the Bobcats away, 15-11.
Montesano’s Jessica Stanfield led the Bulldogs with eight kills.
“We just picked it up and got out energy back,” Bulldogs head coach Renee Volz said. “They were encouraging each other and screaming on the court instead of sitting back and just letting things happen. They wouldn’t let the momentum fall.”
Montesano 25 25 20 16 15
Aberdeen 20 20 25 25 19
Top Players: Montesano — Jensen (100 percent serving, 7 kills) Stanfield (8 kills); Aberdeen — McDaniel (32 assists), Winston (7 digs)
Rochester 3, Hoquiam 1
Hoquiam couldn’t quite pull out the victory against Rochester in Thursday night’s 3-1 loss at Hoquiam High School.
Hoquiam (1-1) dropped the first set 28-26 but bounced back with a dominant stretch of play when they took the second set 25-15.
The Grizzlies fell 25-20 in the third game and lost another close set to close out the match as they dropped the fourth set, 27-25.
“We mad some mental mistakes at the end of each game that are very fixable so we’ll work on that in practice,” Hoquiam head coach Heather Bozich said. “It was a great test for us at the start of the season and its something we can work out and fix.”
Hoquiam 26 25 20 25
Rochester 28 15 25 27
Top Players – Hoquiam: Brydon (15 digs, 32-32 serving, 9 aces), Pelan (7 aces, 20 assits, 12 digs), Goulet (10 kills, 10 digs)
Raymond 3, Onalaska 1
The Raymond Seagulls moved to 1-1 on the season with a 3-1 victory over Onalsaka on Thursday at Onalaska High School.
Raymond won the first set 25-12 before losing the second set 25-23. They rebounded to take the final two sets by scores of 27-25 and 25-12, respectively.
“We showed our youth and made some bonehead plays in that second set,” said Raymond head coach Bob Swogger. “They faced some adversity but came together and played more toward their potential.”
Swogger credited Raymond libero Kennis Harland for her consistent service reception and a “great night passing.”
Sadie Warnstadt led the Seagulls with seven kills and also had five aces.
Tina Sypaphay chipped in with six kills and six aces and Sidney Swogger had five aces for Raymond.
Raymond 25 23 27 25 — 3
Onalaska 12 25 25 12 — 1
Top Players: Raymond — Warnstadt (7 kills, 5 aces), Sypaphay (6 kills, 6 aces), Swogger (5 aces)
North Beach 3, Winlock 1
The North Beach Hyaks opened the season with a four-set victory over the Winlock Cardinals on Thursday at North Beach High School.
Freshman setter Madisen Eang had 36 assists for a Hyaks team that lost the first set 16-25 before sweeping the final three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-18.
Skye Bartell added 13 digs for North Beach while Lorin Cox had five kills and went 12-for-14 on service attempts. Jessica Garmen went a perfect 6-for-6 in kills for North Beach.
“I’m very excited for this season,” North Beach head coach Sharayah Miller said. “We’ve got a bunch of young kids and it’s clicking this year.”
Winlock 25 23 17 18 — 1
North Beach 16 25 25 25 — 3
Top Players: North Beach — Eang (36 assists), Bartell (13 digs), Garmen (6 kills), Cox (5 kills)
Spokane 3, Grays Harbor 0
The Grays Harbor Chokers fell in straight sets to Spokane on Thursday by scores of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-19, respectively.
Naomi Harris led the Chokers with seven kills while Crimson Maafala tallied a team-high 24 assists for Grays Harbor, which is now 10-6 overall this season.
Grays Harbor 13 20 19 — 0
Spokane 25 25 25 — 3
Top Players: Grays Harbor — Harris (7 kills), Maafala (24 assists)
Hoquiam 157, Aberdeen 200
Hoquiam’s Josh Burgher and Michael Jump tied for the low score of the match as the Grizzlies defeated Aberdeen, 157-200, on Thursday at Highland Golf Course.
Burgher and Jump each scored a low round of 37 to lead Hoquiam (2-0 overall, 1-0 Evergreen 1A) to victory.
The Grizzlies’ Tayte Witherbee (40) and Brayden Dayton (43) rounded out Hoquiam’s top four.
Aberdeen (0-2, 0-1 Evergreen 2A) was led by Nolan King’s 9-hole round of 43 followed by Jaxson Larson’s 45. Evan Waara (53) and Nick Farrer (59) rounded out the Bobcats’ top four golfers.
Grizzlies head coach Larry Dublanko stated he likes what he’s seen from his squad after the first week of the season.
“I’m pleased with the effort of these guys and it’s nice to win on our home course,” he said. “Our guys are building up confidence and learning to work through tough challenges.”
Hoquiam (157) — Burgher (37), Jump (37), Witherbee (40), Dayton (43)
Aberdeen (200) — King (43), Larson (45), Waara (53), Farrer (59)
GIRLS PREP SOCCER
Montesano 4, Aberdeen 0
Glory Grubb continued her hot start to the 2018 season with a pair of goals as the Montesano bulldogs moved to 3-0 on the season with a 4-0 victory over Aberdeen on Thursday at Montesano High School.
Jaiden Morrison opened the scoring with a goal in the 25th minute followed by a Zoee Lisherness penalty-kick goal two minutes later.
Montesano (3-0) took a 3-0 lead into halftime when Grubb scored on a rebound in the 39th minute.
Sierra Birdsall sent a cross into the box that eventually found the foot of Grubb, who converted the chance to make it a 4-0 game in the 73rd minute.
Aberdeen 0 0 — 0
Montesano 3 1 — 4
Top Players: Montesano — Grubb (2 G), Morrison (G), Z. Lisherness (G)
King’s Way Christian 2, Hoquiam 0
Hoquiam couldn’t overcome the onslaught of shots from King’s Way Christian and fell 2-0 on the road to the Knights on Thursday.
Hoquiam (1-1) gave up 20 shots on goal in the first half alone, one of which found the back of the net in the 23rd minute. King’s Way Christian (1-1) got another tally in the 52nd minute.
Hoquiam Keeper Jade Cox finished the night with 18 saves.
Grizzlies head coach Drew Grannemann said the shutout doesn’t indicate how well they played.
“Even with a loss, we saw a lot of improvement over Tuesday night’s game,” he said. “We had a few opportunities to get one in the net but their goalkeeper scooped up all of our attempts.”
Hoquiam 0 0 — 0
KWC 1 1 — 2
Top Players: Hoquiam – Cox (18 saves)
Castle Rock 1, Raymond-South Bend 0
The combined school girls soccer team, the Raymond-South Bend Riptide, lost a close match to Castle Rock by a score of 1-0 on Thursday at Raymond High School.
An early first-half goal by Castle Rock held up as the Riptide had failed to capitalize on its scoring chances, one of which was a shot by Kyra Gardner that ricocheted off the left goal post.
Riptide goalkeeper Giselle Ramirez held Castle Rock to the lone first-half goal before giving way to freshman Diana Ramirez, who shut out the Rockets in the second half, making multiple saves in the process.
Castle Rock 1 0 — 1
Raymond 0 0 — 0
Ocosta 1, Onalaska 0
A shutout performance from goalie Kristi Raffelson helped give Ocosta the 1-0 win over Onalaska in a close game on Thursday night in Onalaska.
Ocosta (2-0) scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 24th minute when Katelyn Denny stole a clearing pass and put the ball into the right side of the goal for a 1-0 Wildcats lead.
The back line and Raffelson kept the Loggers (1-1) off the board to help the Wildcats get their second shutout of the season.
“We weren’t as energetic tonight. Onalaska is a much improved club. We will continue to work on our spacing and support. We also need to get about six girls healthy,” Ocosta head coach Mike King said.
Ocosta 1 0 — 1
Onalaska 0 0 — 0
Top Players – Ocosta: Raffelson (5 saves), Deny (G)
Shelton 2, Elma 0
Elma had trouble dealing with the Shelton’s speed in their 2-0 loss at Shelton on Thursday night.
Elma (1-1) gave up two goals in the first half to the Warriors (1-0) and had difficulty generating a counter attack.
Elma surrendered its first goal when keeper Hollie Ray batted away a shot attempt but had the ball find the foot of a Shelton forward for a 1-0 lead early in the first half.
The Eagles surrendered a second goal later in the first half.
“We had a really good talk at halftime and the girls responded really well to it,” Elma head coach Scott Rockey said. “The girls got stretched out on defense a little bit but Shelton is a tough team and we want to play tough teams this time of year,” he said.
Elma 0 0 — 0
Shelton 2 0 — 2
Top players – Elma: Ray (8 saves)
Aberdeen 3, Shelton 2
After dropping both singles matches to fall behind 2-0, the Aberdeen Bobcats swept three doubles matches to defeat the Shelton Highclimbers, 3-2, on Thursday at Shelton High School.
“It was a good learning day on the courts,” Aberdeen head coach Andy Duffy said. “Our singles players are just getting their legs … today’s match exposed our early-season conditioning . We will get stronger.”
After Aberdeen’s Cody Sayres and Brice Kola lost the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches, respectively, the Bobcats pair of Erik Eng and Andrew Troeh staved off defeat with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Shelton’s Ehtan Payment and Connar Adams.
Aberdeen’s Colby Miller and Ashdon Swope won the second doubles match followed by a victory for Kai Kawashima and Parris Nicholson in the final match of the contest.
“Our doubles (teams) have only one returning player, so I am pleased with our early-season victory and we will get better,” Duffy said.
Singles — Jonah Perry (Shelton) defeated Sayres (Aberdeen), 6-0, 6-1; Brendan Wagner (S) def. Kola (A) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Doubles — Eng/Troeh (A) def. Ehhan Payment/Connar Adams (S) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4; Miller/Swope (A) def. Corbin Kreie/Vincent Rivera 6-3, 7-6 (5); Kawashima/Nicholson (A) def. Kalel Ruiz/Sared Core (S) 6-1, 6-2
Two Aberdeen teams qualify for state
Two Aberdeen Bobcats relay teams qualified for the state tournament after posting qualifying times at the Grays Harbor Relays on Thursday at the Grays Harbor YMCA in Hoquiam.
The girls 400-yard freestyle relay team of Anna Weber, Melissa May, Kayleia Sias and Annika Eisele clocked a time of 3:59.24 to qualify for the state meet (state qualifying time is 4:01.00).
The Bobcats 200-yard medley relay team of Sias, Weber, Eisele and Katie Lewis also qualified for state with a time of 1:56.35 (state qualifying time is 2:02.00).