Eagles clinch at least a tie in Big Sky
Mandy Daniels compiled 34 digs, second highest in school history, as Eastern Washington beat host Sacramento State 3-1 on Friday evening in Sacramento, Calif., to clinch the No. 1 seed at the Big Sky Championships and at least a share of the regular-season title.
The Eagles will win the league title outright if Sacramento State beats Portland State at home tonight.
Hayley Hills had 25 kills and Ashley Hamilton had 55 assists for Eastern Washington in the win.
•Thyele Rechatiko finished with 42 assists, 10 kills and 10 digs as Salt Lake (32-10) ended North Idaho’s season with a 19-25, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23, 16-14 win at the NJCAA Division I championships at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Salt Lake will play for ninth place today.
Marketa Hanzlova had 20 kills and 12 digs for the Cardinals (32-12). Kendra Wayling and Lydia Tollbom added 11 kills apiece.
NIC opened the day with a 3-1 win over Northwest Shoals CC. Hanzlova had 21 kills and 11 digs.
•Fifth-ranked ranked Washington was paced by Jenna Hagglund’s 62 assists as it defeated host Washington State in four games.
Becky Perry led all players with 27 kills for the Huskies. Brittany Tillman had 14 kills and four blocks for the Cougars in defeat.
•Jamie Houston and Aneli Cubi-Otineru each had 11 kills to lead Hawaii past Idaho 3-0 in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Honolulu.
Haley Larsen led the Vandals with 14 kills and had the team’s only ace.
•Brianne Gregory had 11 kills and three blocks as Green River (26-17) ended Community Colleges of Spokane’s season with a 25-23, 25-23 win at the NWAACC championships in Gresham, Ore.
Nicole Graybeal (North Central HS) led the Sasquatch (30-20) with eight kills and seven blocks.
David Price scored a career-high 34 points leading Whitworth to an 83-69 season-opening victory over Brockport State in the first round of the Blue Jay Invitational in Baltimore.
Calvin Jurich had a team-high eight rebounds to go along with 12 points for the Pirates (1-0). Joel Almeida led Brockport State (0-1) with 14 points.
Whitworth plays tonight against host Johns Hopkins in the championship.
•Renado Parker’s double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds, helped North Idaho knock off visiting Green River 76-60 to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Melvin Jones and Guy-Marc Michel each scored in double figures for the Cardinals.
•Joe Kammerer, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound post from North Eugene (Ore.) High, has signed a letter of intent with Idaho, coach Don Verlin announced.
Heather Bowman led all scorers with 25 as the Zags rolled to a 100-47 win over visiting Montana State (2-1) at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Courtney Vandersloot added 19 points and a career-high 13 assists as the Zags improved to 4-0 on the season and have won 13 straight games at home.
•Four players scored in double figures for Eastern Washington as they picked up their first victory of the season with an 80-70 win over visiting San Francisco.
Kyla Evans led the Eagles (1-1) with 20 points while Nicole Scott added 17 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
•Andrea DePaolo (North Central HS) shot 8 of 10 from the floor and scored 21 points as Community Colleges of Spokane opened its season with a 77-56 win over Whatcom at the Shoreline Crossover Tourney in Seattle.
Richelle Daily (Medical Lake) added 10 rebounds to guide the Sasquatch’s 41-22 advantage.
Kaylee Neutzling scored twice to lead Lewis & Clark (Ill.) CC to a 3-1 win over North Idaho at the NJCAA Division I championships in Chandler, Ariz.
The Trailblazers (25-1) will play for the national title Sunday against the winner between Darton and Chandler-Gilbert.
Kylee Williamson (East Valley HS) scored at 77 minutes for NIC (12-6-2), which will play Chandler-Gilbert for third place on Sunday.
Tim McGoldrick (141 pounds) and Kamron Jackson (184) had pins to lead North Idaho to a 28-9 win over Southwestern Oregon at Coos Bay, Ore.
The Cardinals improved to 5-0.
Chase Whorton scored the only shootout goal to push the Spokane Braves to a 5-4 win over visiting Nelson (20-4-1) at Eagles Ice-A-Rena.
Ryan Maul scored twice in regulation for the Braves (12-11-1).