Portland’s Kim Hill and the U.S. women’s volleyball team, ranked No. 1 in the world, secured the top spot in their pool with a 3-1 victory over No. 3 China at Rio de Janiero.

The U.S. lost the opening set 25-22, then won 25-17, 25-19, 25-19, to finish 5-0 in the preliminary round and heading into the quarterfinals.

The U.S., seeking their first Olympic gold medal in women’s volleyball, will face Japan on Tuesday.

Hill, a 6-4 outside hitter from Portland Christian High and Pepperdine University, had five points.

• Phyllis Francis from the University of Oregon qualified for the women’s 400 final, winning her semifinal heat in 50.31, the second-fastest time in her career.

• Former Duck Zoe Buckman, competing for Australia, was ninth in her 1,500 semifinal in 4:06.95 and did not advance.


Hillsboro has fallen behind 2-1 in its five-game home series with Vancouver.

The Canadians got the winning run in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon and beat the Hops 6-5 at Ron Tonkin Field.

Game 4 is 7 p.m. Monday.

Vancouver shortstop Yeltsin Gudino was the star for the 6-11 Canadians. He turned a key unassisted double play and scored his team’s final run.

Vancouver has won two in a row after dropping eight straight.

The Hops fell to 10-7 in the second half of Northwest League play.

Josh Anderson led Hillsboro with three hits and an RBI, raising his average to .336.

Adam Walton had two hits and two RBIs, and Ben DuLuzio was 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Hops.


The Chico Heat knocked off the Medford Rogues 1-0 Sunday night in Medford to win the first Great West League championship.

Chico took the best-of-three series 2-1, after finishing second to Medford by six games in the 57-game regular season.

The Heat won on a four-hitter by Chico State junior Stuart Bradley, who was backed by an unearned run in the third inning.

COURTESY: OREGON GOLF ASSOCIATION - Winners of the Eddie Hogan Cup from Team Oregon No. 1 (from left): captain Steve Hagen, Mayson Tibbs (Prineville), Spencer Tibbits (Vancouver, Wash.), Craig Ronne (Klamath Falls) and Samuel Pyon (Happy Valley).GOLF

With Samuel Pyon of Happy Valley and Craig Ronne of Klamath Falls co-medalists, Team Oregon No. 1 blized the field and won the 48th Eddie Hogan Cup Sunday at Riverside Golf & Country Club.

Pyon shot a 1-under-par 71 in the final round, while Ronne had a 67, as both finished at 140.

Hawaii’s Zackary Kaneshiro was third (69-72—141).

Team Oregon No. 1 began the day leading Team Washington by one stroke. The Oregon squad pulled away to win by 12 with a 217-211—428, 4-under.

It was the first Oregon victory in the matches since 2008.

Southern California took second at 440, with Washington third at 442.

• Calvin Green, a former Northwest Christian player from Springfield, beat current NCU golfer Joshua Goins from Lebanon with a par on the second playoff hole to win the 19th Oregon Public Links Championship at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell.

Both finished at 1-over-par 143, with Green shooting 74 and Goins 73 on Sunday.

Three players tied for third at 144: Jake Quast (77 on Sunday), Lake Oswego’s Tyler Nelson (76) and Newberg’s Tom Greller (74).

In the men’s open division, Billy Anderson won at 147, one better than Jonah Pemberton of Portland.

San Diego State’s Haleigh Krause, from Eugene, claimed the women’s division, shooting 75 for a 36-hole total of 143.

The runner-up, Madalyn Ardueser of Eugene and an incoming freshman at Eastern Washington University, was second at 150. Brooke Hamilton, from New Zealand and a current player for the University of Oregon, took third at 151.

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