A Monday Myrtle Street matchup between undefeated Hoquiam and winless Aberdeen went the way of the Grizzlies in a straight-set victory at Hoquiam Square Garden.
Hoquiam (8-0 overall) had to compete in picking up identical 25-19 wins in the first two sets.
“I was really impressed with how Aberdeen played,” Hoquiam head coach Heather Bozich said. “We had a hard time getting separation. Every time we got a lead, they came back due to our lack of communication and their scrappy play. The third set, we finally got it together and played like we can.”
In the third set, Hoquiam cleaned up its passing game, which led to a smoother-running offense and transition into scoring opportunities to Hoquiam’s wealth of heavy hitters.
Hoquiam was led by libero Graci Bonney-Spradlin, who had 15 digs and was commended by Bozich as having “a great match in the back row and passing really well in serve-receive.”
Setter Ella Folkers had 22 assists and eight digs for Hoquiam.
The Grizzlies attack was led by Kristina Goulet (8 kills, 5 solo blocks) and Chloe Kennedy (8 kills, 9 aces, 3 solo blocks).
Hoquiam extended its win streak to eight games this season, including going 24-0 in sets played in non-tournament competition.
Hoquiam had a quick turnaround as they hosted Montesano in a matchup of two teams tied for first place in the 1A Evergreen League at 7 p.m. yesterday after press time.
Aberdeen (0-7) traveled to Chehalis to face WF West at 7 p.m. yesterday after press time.
Napavine 3, Raymond 1
If not for Napavine, the Raymond Seagulls would be undefeated this season.
The Seagulls lost to the Tigers for the second time this season, falling 3-1 on Monday in Raymond.
Raymond (9-2) lost the non-league matchup 25-20, 23-25, 16-25 and 16-25, losing to Napavine (7-3) for the second time in less than two weeks after a five-set loss on Sept. 28.
“It was a frustrating game,” Raymond head coach Julie Jewell said, noting “the wheels came off” with her team holding a lead in the second set. “We had flashes of greatness and then things wouldn’t go our way. We played frustrated and struggled defensively. It was hard to get momentum on our side.”
Karsyn Freeman had 23 kills followed by Alia Enlow, Kassie Koski and Caton Swogger, each of whom added six kills apiece for the Seagulls.
Raymond’s JV team won 25-23 and 25-12 on Monday.
Raymond hosted Ilwaco at 7 p.m. yesterday after press time.
GIRLS PREP SOCCER
Napavine 5, Ocosta 1
Napavine’s accuracy turned out to be the difference in handing Ocosta a 5-1 loss on Monday in Napavine.
Ocosta (4-6-1, 2-3 2B Central-North) got on the board first when the Wildcats were awarded a direct kick after a Napavine handball in the 9th minute.
Ocosta’s Miki Ness shot the free kick into the net for the early 1-0 lead.
No. 5 Napavine (8-2-1, 4-1) responded with a goal off a corner kick in the 12th minute followed by two header goals off throw-ins in the 30th and 38th minutes to take a 3-1 lead into halftime. The Tigers added goals in the 63rd and 77th minutes to ice the game.
Napavine outshot Ocosta 20-15, but according to Wildcats head coach Mike King, the difference in the game was Napavine’s shot placement.
“We had some good looks at the goal but couldn’t convert our shots, while Napavine was able to place their shots better,” he said.
King cited Wildcats midfielders Liv Bartley and Scarlett Nelson for their overall hustle in the contest.
Ocosta hosts Forks for a league contest at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Raymond-South Bend 3, Ilwaco 1
MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF
Hoquiam’s Jump leads GHC at Columbia Basin invite
Former Hoquiam Grizzlies standout and current Grays Harbor College golfer Michael Jump shot a two-round score of 149 to tie for second place at the Columbia Basin College Invitational on Oct. 9-10 at the Meadow Springs Country Club in Kennewick.
Jump played consistent golf in the two-day tournament, shooting a 5-over 149 after an 18-hole round of 74 on Saturday followed by a 75 on Sunday.
Jump recorded six birdies — three on Saturday and three on Sunday — to tie for second place with three other golfers in the 40-player, seven-team tournament.
Cole Wasson (76-85-161), Nate Johnson (83-85-168), Brett Wasson (82-87-169) , Nolan King (79-92-171) and Tyler Bryant (82-92-174) also competed for the Chokers, which placed fourth with a score of 643.