A rare but much-welcome victory by the Aberdeen High School volleyball team highlights Wednesday’s prep sports action on the Twin Harbors.
Aberdeen 3, Rochester 2
First year Aberdeen head coach Desiree Glanz had a sense that this iteration of the Bobcats would be more competitive than in years past. But after two losses to start the season, Aberdeen’s losing streak stretched to 21 games dating back to 2018.
As of Wednesday night, that streak is dead.
Aberdeen played its best volleyball in years to defeat Rochester in a five-set thriller at Rochester High School, and end a losing streak that dated back to a 3-2 victory over Centralia on Oct. 11, 2018.
“Our first league win in I can’t remember how many years,” said Glanz, who has been an assistant on Aberdeen’s coaching staff for 10 years before taking the head coaching position this season. “Our girls are ecstatic.”
Not a team possessing much height, the Bobcats (1-2 overall) relied on the fundamentals to pick up the hard-fought 22-25, 25-21, 11-25, 25-18 and 15-11 victory.
“Excellent, consistent passing and serving, and an amazing defense contributed to our win,” Glanz said. “Nothing hit the floor tonight.”
Aberdeen libero Julizza Ambrocio-Felipe recorded 18 digs to lead the defense while Merryn Bruner dished out 23 assists to spark the Bobcats offense. Nayseth Barragan (10 kills), Joslyn Williams (7 kills) and Zyrah Rodriguez (7 kills) were the primary benefactors of Bruner’s distribution, combining for 24 kills in the victory.
Glanz also noted Rylee Greene’s strong service game, Karla Hernandez’s tough middle defense and Michelle Jauregui’s three kills in a critical fourth set as key contributions to a team that never lost its mojo during the match.
“The positive energy was contagious amongst the girls,” Glanz said. “I’m very proud of their fight.”
Aberdeen won’t have much time to celebrate as they turn right around for a game against Centralia at 7 p.m. Thursday at Centralia High School, which will be the third game in three straight days for the Bobcats.
Aberdeen’s junior varsity team lost its match to Rochester JV 2-1 on Wednesday.
North Beach 3, Chief Leschi 0
The North Beach Hyaks used a solid service game to earn a straight-set, season-opening victory on Tuesday in Ocean Shores.
The Hyaks (1-0) won 25-17, 25-12 and 25-16 and held a service percentage of 89% while recording 24 aces as a team.
Seniors Adreyanna Butler and Letty Carcaise each recorded six aces to lead North Beach. Carcaise also added five kills and two blocks to her statline.
Hyaks junior Madysen Eang had nine assists to lead North Beach in the passing game.
“We started out a little slow. Being the first game of the season we expected to have some jitters,” North Beach head coach Jessica Preisinger said of the victory. “We still need to work on some transitions but overall I am happy with the girls’ play.”
Preisinger added her team showed mental toughness, which she believes could be an asset this season.
“They had a positive mental attitude the whole game. They never hung their heads and continued to be resilient,” she said. “I can coach transition, I can’t always coach a good attitude. That will take us far in this short season.”
Montesano 193, Elma 235
Montesano’s Nathan Johnson shot a 2-over 37 to lead the Bulldogs to a 193-235 victory over Elma on Wednesday at Oaksridge Golf Course.
For his efforts, Johnson was named Medalist for the match, with Elma’s Max Olson placing second with a 9-hole round of 50 followed by Monte’s Dylan Schoch, who placed third with a round of 57.
“This was the first match of the season and it was great to get it in on a nice, sunny winter day,” Montesano head coach Doug Galloway said.
Montesano (193) — Nathan Johnson, 37; Dylan Schoch, 57; Logan Jones, 48; Kody Lalonde, 56; Zander Jones, 52; Mason Ellis, 60.
Elma (235) — Max Olson, 50; Noah Hull, 63; Brady Bunch, 66; Quinton Osbun, 67; Grant Vessey, 71; Landon McKinney, 56.
Tumwater 4, Aberdeen 2
Aberdeen’s top two singles players — Colton Faulkner and Ashdon Swope — each won their matches, but the Bobcats couldn’t come up with another match win in falling to Tumwater 4-2 on Wednesday in Aberdeen.
Faulkner defeated the Thunderbirds’ Clayton Pierpoint 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match followed by Swope taking care of Lukas Stewart 6-1, 6-2 in his singles match, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead and their first two match victories of the young season.
But the Cats were swept in the three doubles matches and Tumwater’s Gavin Feldtman came from behind to defeat Foster Patterson in a a No. 3 singles match that required a third-set tiebreaker to be decided, leading to the Thunderbirds’ 4-2 victory.
“We are very pleased any time we can make a match happen and our rookies in doubles No. 2 and No. 3 learned a lot today,” Aberdeen head coach Dave Bruncke said of the match.
Singles — Colton Faulkner (Aberdeen) defeated Clayton Pierpoint (Tumwater) 6-2, 6-2; Ashdon Swope (A) def. Lukas Stewart (T) 6-1, 6-2; Gavin Feldtman (T) def. Foster Patterson (A) 3-6, 7-6 (6), (11-9, 3rd set tie break).
Doubles — Sawyer Lougheed/Drew Johnson (T) def. Andrew Troeh/Kyle Miller (A) 6-1, 6-1; Mitch Knowton/Ben Gress (T) def. Ayden Giffin/Daniel Garcia (A) 6-4, 6-1; Lawson Lougheed/Tai Dotson (T) def. Kevin Eng/Brodyn Osina (A) 6-0, 7-6.
Ocosta 7, Raymond-South Bend 0
Ocosta senior Ryann Raffelson had a Senior Night she will never forget, scoring a hat trick to go along with two assists as the Wildcats beat Raymond-South Bend 7-0 on Wednesday in Westport.
Ocosta (3-1) had its “best passing night in 17 years,” according to Wildcats head coach Mike King.
Led by midfielder Kylee Denny’s team-high three assists, Ocosta recorded its highest offensive output against a varsity opponent this season.
Miki Ness scored twice for the second straight game and also assisted on a goal to her sister, senior defender Abriana Ness, who was noted for anchoring an Ocosta defense that recorded its third shutout of the season along with senior fullback Maia Soderlund.
Ocosta senior goalkeeper Devyn Martin recorded her third shutout of the season, making two saves on the evening.
“The girls came out ready to play and passed the ball better than we have in years,” King said of the victory. “Denny was the key distributor while our defense continued to work well as a unit. Passing is the key to our success this year and the girls are buying in to moving the ball quickly to their open teammates.”