GU wins tournament, fifth straight match

The Gonzaga University volleyball team won twice Saturday to extend its longest winning streak in 11 years to five matches and win the Over the Mountain Invitational in Boiling Springs, N.C., its first tournament victory since the 2001 UNLV Classic.

Two Bulldogs hit double-doubles in the team’s first match, a 31-29, 30-27, 30-23 sweep of Birmingham-Southern. Lacey Bell had 14 kills and 11 digs, while Becky Jones added 13 kills and 14 digs.

GU (5-2) dominated its second match, defeating host Gardner-Webb 30-26, 30-18, 30-9. Briawna Mueller hit .631 with 12 kills for the Zags.

•Eastern Washington (4-1) hit better than .400 in both their victories at the UNF Labor Day Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., sweeping Charleston Southern 30-19, 30-18, 30-14 and Jacksonville 30-19, 30-24, 30-27.

Brittany Page led the Eagles in the second match, hitting .682 with 16 kills.

•Washington State (2-1) swept Toledo 30-28, 34-32, 30-25 at the Aggie Invitational in Davis, Calif. Jen Barcus (Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls) led the Cougars with eight kills.

•Whitworth (3-1) finished second in the round-robin Washington University Open in St. Louis, sweeping Dominican 30-16, 30-18, 30-15 and Rhodes 30-17, 30-20, 30-23.

Julie Marsh (Cheney) and Natalie Danielson (Kennewick/CC Spokane) earned all-tournament honors.

•Second-ranked Washington (4-0) won the Nike Invitational, defeating host Portland (1-4) 30-21, 30-17, 30-9. Sanja Tomasevic registered 17 kills and 10 blocks to lead the Huskies.

•Community Colleges of Spokane won all five of its matches at the Lower Columbia College Preseason Invitational in Longview, Wash., to improve to 6-0 on the season.

Nicolette Wittwer (Mead) led the Sasquatch with an all-around effort in their final match, a 30-23, 30-13 sweep of Olympic, with 10 kills, 10 digs, four aces and three blocks.

•Idaho (4-2) dropped a 3-1 decision to host Loyola Marymount (3-0) in the Four Points Sheraton-LAX Classic championship match in Los Angeles.

Earlier in the day, the Vandals improved to 2-0 at the tournament by sweeping Northeastern 30-21, 30-18, 30-27. Freshman Haley Larson led the Vandals with 13 kills, while Saxony Brown recorded 39 assists and 10 digs.

Cross country

Kristi Dickey and Elaine Heinemann finished 1-2 to lead Whitworth to victory in the women’s Whitman College Invitational in Walla Walla.

Dickey covered the 4,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 9.98 seconds, defeating Heinemann by more than 17 seconds.

On the men’s side, the Pirates placed second to Northwest Nazarene. Doug Blackburn (19:12.88) finished first for Whitworth.

Men’s soccer

Whitworth defeated Redlands 3-1 in the season opener for both teams at the Linfield Classic in McMinnville, Ore.

Junior midfielder Ali Seyedali put the Pirates ahead with a 28-yard free kick over the goalkeeper in the 32nd minute.

•CC Spokane tied North Idaho at 1 at the Sasquatch Classic at Spokane Falls Community College. Keith Kirsch (Mt. Spokane) tied the match for CCS in the final minute on an assist from Nick de Graffenreid (Pullman).

Women’s soccer

Tonya Allen scored in the 100th minute to give Cal State East Bay (1-0-1) a 1-0 overtime win over Whitworth (0-1) at the Whitworth Women’s Soccer Invitational.

The Pirates outshot CSUEB 24-14, but they couldn’t find the net. They will play Chapman at 1:30 p.m. today at Whitworth.

•Elizabeth Phillips scored twice and Katlyn Laughlin (East Valley) added two assists to lead CC Spokane to a 6-1 win over Victor Valley, Calif., at the Sea Breeze Tournament in Oxnard, Calif.


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