Though they didn’t play at peak performance, the Hoquiam Grizzlies fought and clawed their way to a 25-19, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-14 victory over Elma on Thursday in Hoquiam.
“For us tonight, it was about finding our footing after losing one of our family to injury,” Hoquiam head coach Heather Bozich said, referencing middle blocker Chloe Kennedy, who is out with a partially-torn ACL suffered earlier this week. “I thought our serve-receive could have been much better, but we played well during out-of-system balls.”
Hoquiam (7-2 overall, 6-1 1A Evergreen) kept pace with league-leading Montesano by sheer grit, hustling after wayward balls and scrapping to keep rallies alive time and again.
On Senior Night, the Grizzlies were led by one of their two seniors in outside hitter Kamryn Krohn, who had another all-around performance with 15 digs and six kills.
Faith Prosch led Hoquiam with 11 kills with Jessie Dayton recorded six kills and four solo blocks in place of Kennedy.
Hoquiam setter Ella Folkers had a game high 26 assists while Ashlinn Cady led the Grizzlies from the service line, going 21-for-23 with three aces.
Libero Graci Bonney-Spradlin had 32 digs for the Hoquiam defense.
“It was a tough loss for us tonight,” Elma head coach Kendra Dunn said. “Hoquiam played very scrappy and kept their energy up. As a team, we played much better and I was impressed with our overall serve-receive. We had a tough time stringing our points together and finishing the rallies.”
The Eagles (4-7, 3-3) were led by setter Aubrey Moore, who had 21 assists and 13 digs.
Hannah Warren had 13 digs, eight kills and three aces while middle blocker Torrey Thompson had seven kills and four aces for Elma.
Hoquiam sits one game behind Montesano for the 1A Evergreen League lead with Elma two games behind the Grizzlies in third place.
The Grizzlies also honored senior Ariel Grant on Senior Night.
Elma’s JV team won in two sets while Hoquiam’s C-team won in three on Thursday.
Montesano 3, Tenino 0
Montesano held on to the top spot in the 1A Evergreen League with a straight-set victory over Tenino on Thursday in Tenino.
Monte (9-4, 6-0) won 25-11, 25-10 and 25-13, led by outside hitter Ashlyn Devereaux’s 16 kills.
Addie Winter added five kills for Montesano, which holds a one-game lead over Hoquiam with three league games remaining on the schedule.
Shelton 3, Aberdeen 0
Aberdeen lost its eighth league game this season with a straight-set loss to Shelton on Thursday in Aberdeen.
The Bobcats (2-10, 0-8 2A Evergreen) lost 25-16, 25-9 and 25-9.
“We played tough defense and had excellent serving, but we struggled with our mental game,” Bobcats head coach Desiree Glanz said.
Aberdeen libero Claire Mottinger (18 digs) and Cameryn Micheau (13 digs) led the Bobcats on defense while Lilly Camp had three kills for the Bobcats offense.
Aberdeen’s JV team lost in three games while the C-squad, led by Alyvia Lamont (24 service points) and Malia Ervin (15 service points), defeated Shelton’s C-team.
Northwest Christian 3, South Bend 1
A slow start and too many mistakes proved costly in South Bend’s 3-1 loss to Northwest Christian on Thursday in Lacey.
South Bend (4-6, 4-4 2B Pacific) lost 15-25, 23-25, 25-12 and 18-25.
“We had some good runs, but we made mistakes during crucial moments,” South Bend head coach Kelsey Staats said.
Senior outside hitter Hannah Jewell had 20 digs while junior Raydynn Morley added 16 digs for South Bend.
Senior middle hitters Dayna Estle and Reece Williams combined for 11 kills and six blocks for South Bend, which sits in fourth place in the 2B Pacific League standings.
South Bend JV won 25-19 and 25-10 on Thursday.
BOYS PREP GOLF
Hoquiam 180, Montesano 188
Hoquiam and Montesano wrapped up their regular-season schedules on Thursday with the Grizzlies winning 180-188 at Oaksridge Golf Course in Elma.
Led by Mick Bozich’s team-low round of 42, Hoquiam once again posted four scores below 50 for a 9-hole round.
Montesano posted three sub-50 rounds, led by Trey Sweeney’s 41 to win Medalist of the Match honors.
Hoquiam head coach Terry Helland said his team is ready to compete at next week’s Southwest Washington 1A District Golf Championships at Tumwater Valley Golf Course.
“The consistent play of the entire varsity group has us feeling great about next week and looking forward to the challenge of Tumwater Valley,” he said.
Hoquiam (180) — Mich Bozich 42, Riley Montoure 43, Dominic Pence 47, Tommy Wallace 48.
Montesano (188) — Trey Sweeney 41, Terrick Turpin 47, Cole Sigler 48, Zander Jones 52 (tie), Mason Ellis 52 (tie).