Why win in a sweep when you can win in best-of-five thriller?
That’s how it’s been for the Hockinson volleyball team over the past week. Tuesday, the Hawks won their third straight match in a best-of-five contest, defeating R.A. Long at home in their fourth consecutive five-set match.
Set scores were 25-22, 16-25, 25-13, 17-25, and 16-14 in the decisive fifth set.
The win pushes the Hawks (4-2 overall) to 3-1 in 2A Greater St. Helens League play.
Olivia Beuselinck led a balanced offense with nine kills, and Grace Russell and Josie Lester had eight kills apiece. Setter Bethany Karlsen dished out 23 assists and chipped in 10 digs. Russell and Grace Stockton each had a team-best 13 digs.
Stars of the day
• Graham Moody, Mountain View boys golf, was the medalist with a 1-over-par 38 at Cedars on Salmon Creek in a dual match against Battle Ground.
• Anthony Tobias, Battle Ground boys golf, shot a 2-over-par 39 as the Tigers handed Mountain View its first defeat.
• Sean Ball, Seton Catholic boys golf, shot an even-par 37 to lead Seton to a win over Montesano and La Center.
• Elise Schey, King’s Way Christian girls soccer, scored a hat trick in the Knights’ season-opening Trico League game, a 6-0 victory over Stevenson.
• Olivia Fothergill, Mountain View girls soccer, scored both the Thunder’s goals in a 2-1 3A GSHL victory over Evergreen.
• Ellen Burbank, Skyview girls cross country, won the 5,000 meter race at Whipple Creek in 20:16, leading the Storm over Union, Fort Vancouver and Mountain View.
• Bruck Erickson, Skyview boys cross country, won the 5,000 meter race at Whipple Creek in 17:25, leading the Storm over Union, Fort Vancouver and Mountain View.
• Erin Bentley, Washougal girls soccer, posted seven saves in the Panthers’ 1-0 shutout victory over Hudson’s Bay.
• Zoe McBride, Prairie volleyball, had 13 kills, two blocks, six digs, and three aces in the Falcons’ 3-0 win over Fort Vancouver.