After two tough nonleague losses last week, to Auburn Mountainview and Enumclaw, the North Thurston Rams got a good confidence booster with a 3-0 nonleague volleyball match win (25-12, 25-5, 25-9) over Clover Park on Monday night in Lakewood.
North Thurston (4-3) opens up Class 3A Western Cascade Conference play against No. 5 Timberline on Wednesday night. The match will begin at 7:15 p.m. at Timberline.
“It was good to see the kids focus on what we’re trying to do,” North Thurston coach Micah McBride said. “A win like this reminds kids what it’s like to play well.”
Senior Taylor Stoeckle has been the Rams’ kill leader all season, and she had a match-high 12 kills and six serving aces. Breanna Bain had 22 assists, and Julia Wabinga and Kelly Joines had three kills apiece.
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Bonney Lake 3, Capital 0: The Cougars made it a competitive match all three sets against the Panthers, but fell 25-18, 25-22, 25-22.
Capital outside hitter Kristyn Ross had a team-best 14 kills and 13 digs. Gabi Vega has 22 assists, and Molly Knutz had 21 digs.
Capital is coming off a successful weekend in which it won the 11th annual Monarch Challenge, a 16-team tournament hosted by Mark Morris High School in Longview. Capital defeated host Mark Morris, the ninth-ranked team in Class 2A, to claim the title.
Rainier Christian 3, Northwest Christian 1: The Navigators (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season by scores of 20-25, 25-22, 21-25, 23-25 in a nonleague match against Rainier Christian of Covington.
“We weren’t able to finish it,” Northwest Christian coach Pat Bowker said. “It was a heartbreaker to lose, but we had some kids firing on all cylinders. We had some excellent play.”
Erica Edwards had a team-high 17 kills to lead Northwest Christian’s balanced effort. Jeannessa Offutt had a team-best 18 digs, followed by Edwards (17), Madison Derrick (14), Brooke Bredeson (14) and Kacey Marshall (12). Derrick also had 18 assists.
Auburn Mountainview 3, Timberline 0: The fifth-ranked Blazers suffered their first match loss of the season, losing 25-11, 25-23, 25-22 to the Lions on the road.
Junior setter Gatalina Schuster led Timberline (6-1) with 20 assists, six digs and one service ace. Junior Alyssa Kellar had 10 kills and four blocks, and senior Taryn Smith had a team-high 18 digs.
Olympia 4, Puyallup 0: The Bears got enough tennis in before the rains came. John Stormans and Hunter Wood prevailed in singles, and Olympia also got doubles wins from Alexei Camabokidis/Zach Blakeslee, and Vaughn Hack/Drew Shanafelt.
Peck finishes fifth: Timberline graduate Cameron Peck finished fifth at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational at the Gold Mountain Olympic Course in Bremerton.
Peck, a freshman at Texas A&M, shot a three-round, 3-over-par 219 to help Texas A&M to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.
Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State won the tournament with a 5-under 211 and helped the Cowboys win the team title.