Hoquiam in four
Visiting Raymond pushed Hoquiam in the first two games, splitting them, before the Grizzlies got into their groove and controlled this non-league season opener, 25-21, 19-25, 25-14, 25-13, at Hoquiam Square Garden on Wednesday.
“They came out really tough,” HHS head coach Christine Nelson said of Raymond. “They have some kids who hit the ball hard at us. No question, they pushed us. We settled down more in the last two games. We had a balanced attack.”
“Overall, it was a huge improvement from our serving at the (Hoquiam) jamboree,” Raymond head coach Bob Swogger added. “We performed much better tonight. It is a loss that I can live with.”
Tiffani Dhooghe led Hoquiam with 13 kills and Chelsy Stewart added eight. Brandi Creviston went 22-for-22 serving, with six aces and 10 digs. Freshman setter Megan Gibson dished out 31 assists for the Grizzlies.
“I thought Megan did very well tonight in her first match as a freshman setter,” Nelson added.
Coach Swogger cited Hannah Dykes for her serving and Courtney Hagain for her setting and running the offense.
“Hannah kept them in trouble at the service line and also played well at the front line,” Swogger said.
In the junior varsity match, Hoquiam won 18-25, 25-12, 15-3 and the two teams split the C-Squad match.
Today, Hoquiam stays home to greet rival Aberdeen. On Tuesday, Raymond is at home to take on Pe Ell.
Bobcats 3 (8), Wolves 3 (7)
Aberdeen kicked off the boys tennis season in the Evergreen 2A by extending one match to three sets to help itself to a sets-won tiebreaker victory over Black Hills at the Sam Benn Courts on Wednesday.
The one three-set match the Bobcats needed to win came in the No. 2 singles spot, a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory for Cole Edwards. First-year seniors Charlie Dietrich and Devan Harke combined for a straight-set No. 2 doubles match win, 6-1, 6-0. Aberdeen got its third win via forfeit due to a lack of players from Black Hills.
“Cole was out there for a long time,” AHS head coach Andy Duffy said. “Getting that third-set win was big for us. It was a two-hour match. Charlie and Devan, in their first varsity match, played some good tennis.”
On Friday, Aberdeen hits the road to take on Centralia.
Jimmy Do (BH) def. Dylan Rowe 6-0, 6-1. Cole Edwards (A) def. Noah Durett 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Cameron Johnson (BH) def. Dominic Salick 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. Garrett Nelson-Addison Jeske (BH) def. John Solan-Warren Pratt 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3. Charlie Dietrich-Devan Harke (A) def. Nathan Keers-Thomas Sayler 6-1, 6-2. Aberdeen won third singles by forfeit 6-0, 6-0.