Jessica Moore totaled 19 kills and 17 digs as visiting Idaho defeated New Mexico State 15-9, 16-14, 15-11 Saturday at Las Cruces to remain on course for a Big West Conference Eastern Division volleyball title.
Anna Reznicek added 52 assists and 16 digs, and Kyle Leonard 12 kills and eight digs for the Vandals (14-11, 8-4), who are tied for first place with Boise State. BSU plays at Idaho next Saturday.
The Roadrunners (9-15, 5-7) led the second game 14-12 before Idaho rallied.
Anna Dudeck totaled 15 kills and nine digs as seventh-ranked Puget Sound (20-2, 14-0) defeated host Whitworth 15-4, 15-11, 15-12 to clinch at least a tie for the NCIC title.
Lori Inman added 11 kills and nine digs for the Loggers, who have two conference matches left and entered the week with a two-match lead on George Fox. Brenda Clinesmith had 19 digs and Lindsay Hunter added nine kills for the seventh-place Pirates (5-18, 3-12), who have lost six straight.
Tournament most valuable player Kristina McAuley had 23 kills as Community Colleges of Spokane finished undefeated at its 11-team crossover, including a 6-15, 15-3, 15-3 win over Pierce in the title match.
CCS’ Shannon Nelson had 11 kills and also made the all-tourney team. JoEne Heimbigner added 57 assists and five aces.
The Sasquatch, 6-0 at the tourney, are 27-23 overall.
North Idaho College’s alumni won nine of 13 matches to defeat the current Cardinals 27-12 in an exhibition at NIC.
The alumni won the first five matches, and six of the first seven. Justin Springer broke up the streak with a 2-1 win over Mark Echeverria.
Washington State sophomore Bernard Lagat held off defending champion Mebrahtom Keflezighi of UCLA to win the men’s individual title at the Pacific-10 Conference championships in Stanford, Calif.
Lagat, who took the lead during the third mile, finished the 8,000 meters in 23 minutes, 59 seconds, 8 seconds faster than Keflezighi, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 at last spring’s NCAA outdoor track championships.
Lagat is the eighth WSU runner to win the title and the first since Josephat Kapkory in 1993.
The Cougars placed third in the team race with 88 points, two behind runner-up Oregon. Stanford’s men (33 points) and women (36) repeated their team titles.
Ivan Wood scored twice as Willamette defeated visiting Whitworth 2-0 in a Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges match at Salem, Ore.
Wood’s first-half goal came on a penalty kick. The Bearcats (6-10-3, 5-9-1 NCIC) are sixth place in the nine-team conference, and have won four of their last five. Seventh-place Whitworth (4-8-4, 2-9-4) is winless in its last four matches.
Jamie Barton and Jenny Frankel-Reed had one goal and one assist apiece as Willamette (15-2-1, 13-1-1) scored on its first three shots of the second half to defeat Whitworth 6-0 at Salem.
The Bearcats claimed their 11th consecutive win and fifth consecutive NCIC title. The Bearcats have outscored their last three opponents 22-1. The Pirates (8-8-2, 8-6-1) remained in fourth place in the nine-team NCIC.
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