Bulldogs power way past Elma in volleyball

ELMA — Finding a hitting rhythm late in the opening set, Montesano maintained it to sweep past Elma, 25-21, 25-8, 25-8, in an Evergreen 1A League volleyball match Monday night at Elma.

The Bulldogs (9-2, 10-2) kept their league title hopes alive. They host league-leading Hoquiam on Thursday.

If they beat Tenino at home tonight, the Grizzlies will take a one-game lead into the league finale. Montesano would need to win in four sets or less to claim the league’s top-seeded district berth.

The Eagles (2-9) played the Bulldogs tough in the opening set before Monte began clicking on its attacks.

“It was the best hitting night we’ve had,” Montesano coach Debbie Gibson said. “We actually had only four hitting errors tonight.”

Myranda Floch led Bulldog hitters with 13 kills, while Kendra Warnock had 10 kills and seven digs. Hannah Jensen, 13-of-13 from the service line, blasted five aces.

Ambi Howell, filling in at setter in this match, dished out 26 assists.

Emily Gibson contributed six kills and 100 percent serving for the Eagles. Teammate Katherine Hennigar had 100 percent serving and 95 percent passing.

“We were working together and moving our feet and communicating,” Elma coach Renee Volz said of her team’s first-set performance. “The second set, we stopped moving our feet our communicating and the third set we made silly mistakes.”

The Bulldogs also won the JV match, 25-16, 25-23, with Hunter Hancock cited for all-around play.

Event sponsors were hoping to raise $1,000 for the Dig for the Cure program for breast cancer awareness. The exact total was not available, but Volz said spectator support was excellent.

She thanked co-sponsors Bayview Building Materials and Anytime Fitness. The teams will also among the sponsors, as was an anoymous donor.

The Eagles close out their season Thursday at Forks.

Working together and moving our feet and communicating. The second set we stopped movin g or feet and commjhicating and tyhe third set we made silly mistakes.

Emily Gibson six kills, 100 percent serving, Katherine Hennigar 100 percent serving, 95 percent passing.

Our goal was $1,000. We had an excellent turnout for it, with the people

Bayview Building Materials, Anytime Fitness, the Monte volleyball and Elma volleyball team, anonymous donor.