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Gonzaga men’s soccer coach Einar Thorarinsson, who led the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, announced his retirement Monday after 23 years.
Ella Dederick, Morgan Weaver and Elyse Bennett of NCAA Tournament-bound Washington State received All-Pac-12 Conference women’s soccer honors, the conference announced Tuesday.
Gonzaga volleyball kept rolling Saturday and for a change – and a nice break for coach Diane Nelson’s heart rate – the Bulldogs didn’t need any fifth-game theatrics.
Three Inland Northwest volleyball teams are either in first place and/or unbeaten in their respective conferences.
Jenna Kuehn had 12 kills and 11 digs and Faith Smith dished out a team-high 34 assists to lead the Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-7, 4-0) to a 3-2 win over the San Fancisco Dons (3-15, 0-4) in five sets (13-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-16 15-5) in a West Coast Conference match in San Francisco.
Chris Watkins isn’t exactly getting lost in the euphoria of Gonzaga’s biggest women’s soccer moment in a decade.
A quality record, a good feel for new lineup combinations and a ton of frequent flyer miles.
From Pullman to the Canadian border, from colleges to high schools, smoky skies played havoc with local sports teams Tuesday.
Kaylie Loewen had a career-high 20 kills and Jenna Kuehn added 29 assists, but Gonzaga (0-3) was edged by Montana State (1-2) in a five-set decision (21-25, 25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 15-9) in the Montana State Bobcat Classic in Bozeman on Saturday. The Zags rallied for the final two points in the fourth game, both on kills by Loewen, to force the deciding fifth game.
Maddie Kinkaid scored in the 38th minute and Gonzaga (2-0-1) held on for a 1-1 draw after double-overtime against SMU in a nonconference matchup on Thursday. Isabel Jones made five saves for the Zags, who play at Portland State on Sunday.
Washington State has a good shot of returning to the NCAA Tournament, provided the Cougars take some good shots along the way.
Success didn’t come overnight for the Washington State University volleyball program. It’s been a slow, steady build under coach Jen Greeny that resulted in 2016’s breakout season. The goal this season is to show staying power in the nation’s toughest conference, and early indications are encouraging.