Grizzlies win in three
RAYMOND — Hannah Hliboki served eight aces to help Hoquiam down Raymond, 25-10, 25-15, 25-9, in a non-league volleyball opener Wednesday at Raymond.
Hliboki connected on 22 of 24 serves. Setter Megan Gibson had 22 assists for the Grizzlies. Mikaila Johnson had eight kills and six blocks, while Brandi Creviston came up with 10 digs for Hoquiam.
“I thought we played really well,” first-year Hoquiam coach Heather Bozich said. “We came out with a lot of intensity. We hit pretty well, our passing was good and our serving was excellent.”
Class 2B Raymond started four players who were making their varsity debut. All things considered, Gull coach Bob Swogger saw cause for optimism.
“The scores don’t sound great, but I’m pleased with our improvement even from where we were in the jamboree Monday,” he said.
Hannah Dykes and Aiysha Garcia had three kills apiece, with Dykes also contributing four blocks for the Gulls. Raymond libero Alex Gilbert brought up eight digs.
The Gulls took the JV match.
The Grizzlies make the short trip to Aberdeen tonight. The Gulls travel to Pe Ell on Tuesday.
Bulldogs in three
MONTESANO — Paced by Madi Studer’s strong serving, Montesano came from behind in the first two sets to top South Bend, 25-18, 25-19, 25-12, in a non-league contest Wednesday at Bo Griffith Gym.
A left-hander with good movement on her deliveries, Studer put all 31 of her serves into play and hit five aces.
Myranda Floch and freshman Jordan Spradlin had five kills apiece for the Bulldogs (2-0). Ambi Howell was credited with seven assists, while Megan Choate had nine digs for Monte.
Bulldog coach Debbie Gibson said her club demonstrated progress over Tuesday night’s win at Aberdeen.
“I think they’re starting to get comfortable with each other,” Gibson said. “I saw some great improvement and they’re understanding the offense more. Ultimately, it’s all about passing and serving. That’s the name of the game.”
Making its season debut, South Bend started strongly in the first two sets but fell victim to passing and serve-receiving difficulties.
“Passing and running the offense was an issue and hitting the ball in bounds was kind of an issue,” Tribe coach Jackie Sanchez said. “I think we’re close to being OK. I thought the kids played really hard and kept their attitude positive.”
Makenzie Russell paced South Bend with seven kills. Maddie Klus had seven digs and Emily Sanchez was commended for all-around play.
Montesano won the JV (25-20, 25-20) and C Squad (25-18, 14-25, 16-14) matches.
The Bulldogs will compete in the Class 1A portion of the SunDome Invitational in Yakima on Friday. South Bend hosts Warrenton, Ore., in a Saturday afternoon match. The JV contest is scheduled for noon, with the varsity to follow.
Vikings in three
MENLO — Willapa Valley swept past Pe Ell, 25-14, 25-20, 25-17, in a non-league season opener Wednesday at Tenoski Gym.
Brooke Spoor led Viking hitters with six kills. Valley coach Lori Snodgrass cited Sydney Wilkeson for all-around play, Karli Friese for passing and Emily Fluke for setting.
“I thought it was a good starting-off point for us this season,” Snodgrass summed up.
Pe Ell took the JV match.
The Vikings are idle until Tuesday, when they open Pacific League play at Ocosta.