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Vandals advance to Four Points title match

The University of Idaho volleyball team played for the Loyola Marymount Four Points Classic championship Saturday night in Los Angeles, where it played the host Lions in a late match.

The Vandals improved to 2-0 at the tournament earlier in the day 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.

•Western Nebraska swept North Idaho College 30-23, 30-21, 30-28 in the semifinals of the Salt Lake Community College Tournament in Salt Lake City.

Cintia Alessi led the Cardinals (11-4) with 12 kills, but NIC had 24 errors and hit just .089 for the match.

In earlier action, the Cardinals were swept by the Utah All-Stars and swept Scenic West Athletic Conference opponent Dixie State.

•Gonzaga won twice to extend its longest winning streak in 11 years to five matches and win the round-robin 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, 30-37, 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 their 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.

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.

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.

•North Idaho defeated Highline 4-1 and tied CC Spokane at 1 at the Sasquatch Classic at Spokane Falls Community College.

Manuel Arceo scored twice for the Cardinals (1-0-1) in the first match, while Lamar Kumangai-McGee found the net in the second. Keith Kirsch (Mt. Spokane) tied the match for CCS (0-1-1) in the 90th minute on an assist from Nick de Graffenreid (Pullman).

Women’s soccer

Meghan Kahnle scored a pair of goals to lead visiting North Idaho to a 3-0 victory over Western Nevada in the Scenic West Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Whitney Melton assisted Kahnle’s second goal and added NIC’s third in the 58th minute.

•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.