Tuesday Prep Roundup: Aberdeen stillwinless in league after loss to WF West

Also: Hoquiam, Montesano win to set up league-title showdown

Aberdeen is still searching for a league victory after falling in straight sets 25-13, 25-18 and 25-13 to WF West on Tuesday in Chehalis.

Aberdeen (2-12 overall, 0-10 2A Evergreen) held leads early in each of the first two sets before falling behind despite fighting through some long rallies.

“Our net play improved this game,” Aberdeen head coach Desiree Glanz said, citing strong blocking by Lilly Camp, Savannah Stricklan and Kailey Pendergrass. “We came out strong in all three games … We are still focusing and trying to find our fire and fight to the end of a set.”

Claire Mottinger had seven kills and Merryn Bruner added five digs to lead Aberdeen, which hosts Tumwater on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Aberdeen 13 18 13 — 0

WF West 25 25 25 — 3

Montesano 3, Columbia-White Salmon 0

Montesano picked up a 25-20, 27-25 and 25-11 non-league victory over Columbia-White Salmon on Tuesday in Montesano.

Monte (12-4, 8-0 1A Evergreen) was led by Maia Young (7 kills), Addie Winter (6 kills), McKynnlie Dalan (7 blocks), Landree Dohrmann (18 digs), Ashlynn Devereaux (14 digs) and Jordan Karr (12 assists).

“The girls played timid in sets one and two but in set three relaxed and played one of their better sets of the season,” Monte head coach Pat Pace said, citing Dohrmann, Devereaux and Young for their backcourt defense.

Montesano is scheduled to play Hoquiam in a match for the league title at 7 p.m. Thursday in Hoquiam.

Columbia-White Salmon 20 25 11 — 0

Montesano 25 27 25 — 3

Hoquiam 3, Tenino 0

Hoquiam kept its hopes for a league title alive with a 25-10, 25-12 and 25-11 victory over Tenino on Tuesday in Tenino.

Ashlinn Cady (29-29 service, 6 aces), Ella Folkers (21 assists) and Faith Prosch (9 kills) led Hoquiam in the victory.

“We played steady and in control,” Grizzlies head coach Heather Bozich said. “I was happy with the way we passed free balls and were able to convert. They really stayed focused throughout the match and were able to close it out efficiently.”

With the win, Hoquiam (10-2, 8-1 1A Evergreen) can win the league title outright if they defeat Montesano at home in less than five games, as Montesano defeated Hoquiam in five games earlier in the season.

The two teams are set to face off at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Hoquiam Square Garden.

Hoquiam 25 25 25 — 3

Tenino 10 12 11 — 0

Elma 3, Eatonville 1

Elma took care of business with a 24-26, 27-25, 25-15 and 25-19 win over Eatonville on Tuesday at Eatonville High School.

Brooklyne Swarts (15 kills, 14 digs), Hannah Warren (12 kills, 12 digs) and Aubrey Moore (30 assists, 16 digs) all recorded double-doubles in Tuesday’s victory.

“We had a slow start today but improved every game,” Elma head coach Kendra Dunn said. “Eatonville also played very scrappy tonight and got a lot of great ups. I’m glad we were able to better our play as the match went on. Our hitters did a great job seeing what was open on the court.”

Elma (6-8, 5-4 1A Evergreen) is locked into the league’s third spot and will host La Center for Senior Night at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Elma’s C-team won 27-25, 25-13 and 15-8 with the JV team winning in three games.

Elma 24 27 25 25 — 3

Eatonville 26 25 15 19 — 1

Ocosta 3, North Beach 0

Ocosta defeated North Beach 25-17, 25-23 and 28-26 on Tuesday in Westport.

Annika Hollingsworth (10 kills), Alexia Bradley (9 kills), Noel Cuzdey (14 digs), Brynn Rasmus (19 assists) and Emily Scott (100% service) led the Wildcats (4-5, 4-4 2B Pacific) in what Ocosta head coach Erin Snider said was a closer match than what the score might imply.

“We showed up to play tonight as did North Beach,” she said. “The Hyaks played with hustle and made us earn it tonight. It was a great match all around.”

Ocosta sits in fifth place in the league standings and faces Northwest Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday in Westport.

North Beach (4-7, 2-7) is in sixth place and hosts last-place Ilwaco at 7 p.m. Thursday.

North Beach 17 23 26 — 0

Ocosta 25 25 28 — 3


Aberdeen duo of Swope/Faulkner fall in districts

The Aberdeen doubles team of Ashdon Swope and Colton Faulkner saw their season come to an end on Monday, losing two matches at the 2A District 4 Tournament at Steamboat Island Tennis & Athletic Club on Tuesday in Olympia.

Swope and Faulkner — the No. 4 seed out of the North — opened against the No. 1 seed from the South in Ridgefield’s Mikey Nester and Ryan Gruber.

The Aberdeen pair lost the first set 6-3 before going up three times in the second set. But Swope and Faulkner were unable to hold the lead and lost the second set 7-6 in a 7-3 tiebreaker.

Swope and Faulkner’s second match was against the South’s third seed in Columbia River’s Cole Benner and Alex Harris.

The Aberdeen team again fell behind early, down 3-0 before rebounding to tie the set up at 4-all.

But Swope and Faulkner dropped the final two games to lose the first set 6-4.

In the second set, the Aberdeen seniors took a 2-1 lead before eventually falling 6-3, and thus were eliminated from the tournament.

“Though we were up or tied in all four of our sets today, the other teams were able to find a way to win,” Aberdeen head coach Dave Bruncke said. “We had a great season with the biggest team in the league and look forward to next year.”