Tournament most valuable player Kim Exner’s 20 kills and 16 digs helped Eastern Washington to a 12-15, 5-15, 15-13, 15-11, 15-6 volleyball win over Cal State Northridge Saturday at the Nevada-Las Vegas Classic.
The Eagles, 5-1, equaled the best start in school history.
Lynn Robison added 14 kills and 25 digs for the Eagles, who hit .533 in the fifth game. Robison and Lacey Coover, who had 17 digs and 11 kills, joined Exner on the all-tourney team.
Kim Maxwell and Toni Schwinn combined for 59 Eagles assists.
Nancy Ma of the Matadors (6-1) totaled 20 kills and 17 digs.
Lewis-Clark State defeated Western Baptist 15-5, 7-15, 15-10, 15-10 for its third consecutive championship at the 16-team Whitworth Invitational.
The Warriors opened the day with a 15-4, 15-13, 15-7 semifinal win over Northwest Nazarene while Western Baptist topped Albertson 14-16, 15-11, 14-16, 15-1, 15-13. L-C State placed Kristi Ocampo and Liana Croft on the all-tournament team.
Northwest Nazarene stopped Albertson 15-7, 11-15, 15-9, 15-10 in the third-place match.
Sarah Hiss, formerly of Spokane’s Lewis and Clark High, had 41 digs to help Western Washington (5-4) defeat Rocky Mountain College 15-7, 15-3, 16-14 in the match for fifth place.
The Pirates placed 12th after losing to Montana Tech 15-11, 15-3, 16-14 and Montana State-Northern 15-7, 15-13, 13-15, 15-6.
Jessica Moore’s 39 kills and 32 digs led Idaho (3-4) to two wins at its Idaho Classic in Moscow.
Beth Craig had 13 kills and 13 digs, Shalyne Lynch 15 kills, and Lani Kim 45 assists and 14 digs when the Vandals topped Portland 15-12, 11-15, 5-15, 16-14, 15-10 in an early match that ended Idaho’s losing streak at four. The Pilots dropped to 3-3.
Craig, Lynch and Kyle Leonard had 15 kills apiece, and Craig added 21 digs during a 6-15, 12-15, 15-13, 15-8, 17-15 win over Wyoming (4-2).
Oregon State took advantage of an injury to Gonzaga’s top goalkeeper to defeat the Zags 1-0 in a Diadora Cup match at the University of Montana in Missoula.
GU goalkeeper Sara Kinsky left the match with an injury at 74 minutes. Less than 3 minutes later, Lindy Brown of the Beavers drew out backup goalie Gina Legaz and punched in a goal.
The Zags (1-2) meet the host Grizzlies today.
Heidi Simmons had two assists and one goal to help Community Colleges of Spokane to a 4-2 win over Columbia Basin CC at the USFV Tournament at Chilliwack, British Columbia.
CCS then lost to Cariboo College of Kamloops, British Columbia, 2-0, despite an 11-10 edge in shots on goal. Cariboo was runner-up in last year’s Canadian College Championship.
The University of Victoria stopped Whitworth 2-0 at the NAIA/CIAA Crossover Tournament at Burnaby, British Columbia.
The Thunder outshot Whitworth (0-2) 31-7.
Medalists Shawn Beitlespacher and Erika Colin guided CCS to team wins at the Bulldog Invitational at Finch Arboretum in Spokane.
Beitlespacher finished the 4 miles in 21 minutes, 37 seconds. His Sasquatch men scored 20 points in topping Washington State (37) and host Gonzaga (80).
Colin ran 2-1/2 miles in 16:16. CCS scored 26, WSU 35 and GU 66.