Prep Roundup: Balanced Bulldogs take league opener


VOLLEYBALL

Bulldogs win in three

MONTESANO — Well-balanced Montesano opened Evergreen 1A League play with a 25-21, 25-8, 25-14 win over Rainier on Monday night at Bo Griffith Memorial Gym.

Kendra Warnock put down nine kills, one more than teammate Megan Choate and two more than Myranda Floch.

“Everybody was in a positive (percentage) in attacks, so I was pretty happy about that,” Monte coach Debbie Gibson said.

Bulldog setter Courtney Swan finished with 26 assists and 11 digs. Choate had 10 digs and Ambi Howell six. Madi Studer went 13-of-13 serving, with two aces.

The Bulldogs rallied for a 21-25, 25-20, 15-12 junior varsity win. Paige Robecker reeled off 16 consecutive serves in the second game.

Montesano (1-0, 2-0) visits Tenino on Thursday.

Chitwhins in three

WISHKAH — Taholah pulled away in the third game for a 25-22, 25-23, 25-15 victory over Wishkah in a Coastal League opener Monday at Brian Eager Memorial Gym.

“The girls were nervous at first and then just worked as a team,” said Taholah coach Jinny Marchand, who cited her entire team for fine play.

Wishkah coach Tove Reibel was encouraged with her team’s progress following a lopsided loss to Class 2B Ocosta last week.

Dani Zembal and Teagan Louthan were commended for serving, with Zembal also praised for floor play.

“We were pleased with the improvement we saw tonight,” Reibel said.

The Chitwhins (1-0) are back in action tonight at home against Lake Quinault. The Loggerettes (0-1, 0-2) entertain Mary M. Knight on Thursday.

Elks in three

MATLOCK — Annber Neeland served nine aces to help Lake Quinault sweep Mary M. Knight, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23, in a Coastal League opener Monday.

Neeland put 17 serves into play. The Elks utilized a reshuffled lineup, as Romenita Begay and Hannah Allen — who played other positions last season — dividing the setting duties.

“Our first (match) was our chance to see what we have,” Quinault coach Jacky Stankwitz said. “Our two setters played the court very well together. We have room for improvement and especially time.”

Begay was also cited for net play. Tonya Mullins and Jessica Rushing were cited for aggressive hitting.

The Elks (1-0) visit Taholah tonight.