Stinson, Cougs Take Tourney Title
Tournament most valuable player Jennifer Stinson finished the day with 29 kills and 13 blocks to lead Washington State University to a pair of wins and the title Saturday at the Rhode Island Subway Classic at Kingston.
WSU (11-0), ranked sixth in the USA Today/AVCA poll, defeated Villanova 15-7, 15-12, 15-2 and the host Rams 15-6, 15-8, 15-8.
Shannon Wyckoff and Keren Oigman of the Cougars also made the all-tournament team.
Stinson had 12 kills and Wendy Rouse added 10 in the win over Villanova. Stinson totaled 17 kills, Wyckoff 12 kills and 12 digs, and Oigman 10 kills and 11 digs vs. Rhode Island. WSU’s Stephanie Papke had 47 assists on the day.
WSU puts its 19-match home win streak on the line Tuesday against Idaho. The Cougars begin Pacific-10 Conference play next weekend in Oregon.
Kim Exner had 18 kills and nine blocks, and Lacey Coover added 18 digs and 12 kills to lead Eastern Washington (6-2) to a 15-6, 13-15, 15-4, 15-6 win over the host Broncos (5-5) at the Boise State Tournament.
Kim Maxwell added 54 assists and Lynn Robison 13 digs and 11 kills for the Eagles. BSU’s Brandy Mamizuka had 56 assists and 18 digs.
Exner and teammate Lora Botha made the all-tournament team.
Whitworth (0-2, 1-6) opened its Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges schedule with a pair of losses in western Oregon.
Pacific topped the Pirates 16-14, 8-15, 15-7, 15-11 during an afternoon match at Forest Grove. Whitworth then traveled to Newberg and dropped a night match to George Fox, 15-5, 15-4, 15-2.
Whitworth’s leaders against Pacific were: Brenda Clinesmith and Mandy Decious, 19 digs; Katie Jo Borgmann, 12 kills; and Mary Hubele, 23 assists.
Lindsay Hunter of the Pirates had six kills against George Fox. Four players had eight kills or more for the Cardinals (7-1, 2-0), led by the 12 of Amy Schultens.
Theresa Spink’s 14 kills and five blocks helped Gonzaga over Idaho State 15-12, 15-6, 15-11 at the University of Oregon Classic in Eugene.
In a night match, the host Ducks swept GU 15-5, 15-6, 15-7.
Nicole Lamoure added 36 assists and Aimee Wilson 10 digs for the Zags against ISU. Amanda Berg had eight blocks and Kadie Leonhardt nine digs and three aces for the Bengals.
Oregon’s Tia Stewart had nine kills in 10 attempts and added five blocks in the late match. Theresa Spink had nine kills and Lamoure 24 assists for GU.
The matches didn’t count in GU’s overall record.
Stan Thesenvitz assisted on a pair of first-half goals as NAIA 25th-ranked Seattle University (2-1, 1-0) rallied for a 4-1 NCIC season-opening win at Whitworth (2-1, 0-1).
Mark Lupton, out of Mead High, scored at 6 minutes, 30 seconds to put Whitworth on top, but headers by Tony Pyle and Kurt Swanson allowed the Chieftains to take the lead for good.
CCS (1-0) inserted an extra forward with 5 minutes remaining and scored with 2 minutes left for a 2-1 road win over Southwest Oregon at Coos Bay.
Junior midfielder Brooke Hill scored in the second overtime, after 115 minutes of play, to lift Seattle University (3-0, 1-0) to a 2-1 decision at Whitworth (0-3-1, 0-1).
Trisha Tateyama also scored for the Chieftains, ranked 24th in the NAIA preseason poll. The Pirates forced OT when Suzanne Boyce, out of University High, took a free kick and fed Kerri Stockwell with 5:20 left.
Heidi Simmons fed Holly Vanwert for two first-half goals as visiting CCS (4-1) blanked Southwest Oregon 4-0 at Coos Bay.