Elysse Van Leer scored the winner in the 85th minute as Washington State beat No. 21 UC Santa Barbara 3-2 on the Gauchos’ home field. The win snapped WSU’s 10-match road losing streak against ranked opponents. The Cougars’ last win over a ranked opponent on the road was a 3-2 victory at No. 11 Tennessee on Sept. 2, 2005.
Kjersten Dallstream scored a pair of goals for her third multigoal match of her career. She also moved into sixth place on WSU’s career goal list with 16. WSU improved to 2-1-3.
•Freshman Sarah Rhodes’ first career goal lifted Gonzaga past Montana 1-0 at the Gonzaga Soccer Field. Sophomore Lauren Ames registered her third shutout of the season for GU (4-2-0).
•Eastern Washington was outshot 31-6, but still downed South Dakota State 2-1 in the first round of the Jackrabbit Invitational in Brookings, S.D. Abby Jensen and Chelsey Hannesson scored for the Eagles (1-4-1).
•Emily Lathrop had a hand in all three goals as Wyoming defeated Idaho 3-0 at Guy Wicks Field. Lathrop scored midway through each half and assisted on Emily Layton’s goal early in the second. The Vandals (1-4) managed just six shots.
•Dani Litchy’s goal broke a scoreless dual at the 71:33 mark and visiting Clackamas went on to shut out Community Colleges of Spokane 2-0. CCS dropped to 2-4 overall, 1-3 in the NWAACC.
•North Idaho College allowed Abby Brauer’s goal in the first five minutes and dropped a 2-0 decision to Northwest University.
•Redshirt freshman Zach Smith scored his first two career goals to spark Gonzaga past UNLV 2-1 at the UNLV Nike Invitational. Keeper Scott Barnum lost his shutout bid when UNLV scored in the closing minutes.
•Six different players scored goals as Community Colleges of Spokane earned its first victory of the season, routing South Puget Sound 6-0. CCS (1-4-1, 1-2-1 NWAACC), which had scored two goals in its first five matches, scored four goals in the first half. Travis Green scored once and assisted on a second goal.
Idaho entered the Portland State Volleyball Showcase with a five-game winning streak, but left the first day of the tournament with a two-game losing streak. The error-prone Vandals lost 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-6 to Seattle University and later fell to Oregon State 25-21, 25-16, 25-21.
The Vandals (5-3) hit .343 and .333 in winning the second and fourth sets against Seattle, but just .071, .182 and .167 in dropping the other three. Haley Larsen had 17 kills against OSU.
•Washington State put up a good fight, but lost 25-23, 26-24, 25-21 to No. 18 Wichita State (9-0) at the Cougar Challenge. Brittany Tallman and Cassie Robbins each had 10 kills for WSU (4-4).
•Gonzaga opened its tournament by sweeping UTEP 25-18, 25-17, 25-20. Elaina Renius had 13 kills and Caitlin Cozad chipped in 10 as the Bulldogs (3-6) hit .312. Denise Van De Mortel had 32 assists.
•Baylor (8-0) maintained its unblemished record by knocking off Eastern Washington 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-22 at the Oregon Classic in Eugene. The Eagles (3-4) were led by Hayley Hills’ 13 kills and Mandy Daniels’ 15 digs.
•Whitworth (6-4) dropped a pair of matches at the Cal-Lu-Fornia Classic in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The Pirates lost in five sets to UC Santa Cruz and were swept by tourney host Cal Lutheran.
Community Colleges of Spokane’s men and women won titles at the West Coast Preview at Pier Park in Portland. CCS’s Rigoberto Jimenez placed third in the men’s race in 25:54.96. Herschel Sanchey was 10th 26:15.31. Amy Durrance paced CCS women with a 12th-place finish (23:40.58).