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WEDNESDAY SPORTS NEWS//



COURTESY: USA VOLLEYBALL - HILLOLYMPICS

With Portland Christian High graduate Kim Hill helping to lead the way, the U.S. women’s volleyball team improved to 3-0 in pool play on Wednesday.

The top-ranked U.S. defeated No. 6 Serbia 3-1 at Rio de Janeiro and clinched a spot in the quarterfinals.

Hill had 11 kills and two blocks in the 25-17, 21-25, 2518, 25-19 victory.

The 6-4 outside hitter, who played college volleyball at Pepperdine, had 30 attacks.

The U.S. leads Group B with eight points. Rival China is second with seven, with the teams still to meet in pool play.

The next match for Team USA is against Italy at 11 a.m. Friday. No. 3 China and the U.S. will play at 1 p.m. PT Sunday.

The quarterfinals start on Tuesday with the top four teams from the two six-team pools.

HOPS

Hillsboro pounded host Boise, 9-5, on Wednesday night to stay even with Eugene in the Northwest League South Division second-half race.

Hillsboro and Eugene are 8-5. Boise fell to 6-7. Salem-Keizer is 5-8.

The Hops and Hawks will meet again at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. They’re tied 1-1 going into that series finale.

Hillboro finished with 12 hits in Game 2, including five for extra bases in a five-runs econd inning. The biggest blow was Mark Karaviotis’ three-run home run.

GOLF

Forest Grove’s Hannah Swanson pulled away to a five-shot win in the 26th Oregon Women’s Strike Play Championship at Gearhart Golf Links.

Swanson, an Oregon State player who began the second round with a three-shot lead over defending champion Gigi Stoll of Beaverton and the University of Arizona, went from 69 to 75, but her even-par total of 144 was comfortably ahead of the field.

Portland State’s Krissy Petersen, from Canby, had a second-day 75 to take second place at 149.

Madison Odiorne of Bend and Washington State was third at 75-75—150, with Portland’s Ellen Secor, an incoming freshman at Colorado State, tying the University of Oregon’s Megan Conder for fifth at 151.

Stoll slumped to an 81 and tied for sixth at 152.

In the 11th Oregon Super Senior Championship, Alan Richardson of Bakersfield, California, birdied the 17th hole en route to his second 74 and a 148 total that edged Don Orell of Bend by one stroke. Orell shot 75-74.

Two-time defending champ Chris Maletis of Portland and Beaverton’s Sam Spicher shared third at 150.

TIMBERS

Portland signed midfielder Diego Valeri to a contact extension as a designated player in MLS.

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