Eagles beat Montana
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team topped visiting Montana 25-20, 25-20, 16-25, 25-13 in a Big Sky Conference opener Friday.
Chenoa Coviare had 13 kills and Hayley Hills added 12 to lead the Eagles (5-5). Hills also had 12 digs and Amanda Yausie and Allison Reinstein had 11 apiece while setter Ashley Hamilton had 37 assists.
Jaimie Thibeault led Montana (4-7) with 14 kills.
•Santa Clara University scored a 3-1 win over Idaho in Santa Clara at the Mission Inn of Pismo Beach Invitational at San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Idaho (4-5) fell by just eight points with scores of 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23. It was the Vandals’ fourth consecutive loss.
The Vandals committed a season-high 13 service errors and had just 39 kills to Santa Clara’s 55. Sarah Conwell led Idaho with 11 kills.
•Katie Leavitt and Emily Vuylsteke combined for 23 kills to lead visiting Linfield College to a 25-17, 21-25, 25-22, 25-12 win over Whitworth University in a Northwest Conference opener.
Brynn DeLong led the Pirates (4-8) with 12 kills.
•Third-ranked North Idaho College split a pair of matches at the College of Southern Idaho Invitational in Twin Falls.
NIC (16-3) defeated Frank Phillips 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 but lost to Salt Lake 25-19, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22.
•Community Colleges of Spokane went 2-1 in the first day of the Bellevue CC tournament.
CCS (12-7) defeated Green River CC 25-13, 25-15 and Bellevue 22-25, 25-21, 15-11 and lost to Shoreline 27-25, 22-25, 15-11. Nicole Graybeal had a combined 23 kills in CCS’ wins.
Four different players scored a goal for Washington State University in a 4-0 win over Texas in a non-conference match at Austin, Texas.
The Cougars (5-2-0) built a 3-0 lead in the first half. Brandi Vega, Elysse Van Leer, Emma Stolz and Jacquelyn Roth scored for WSU.
WSU senior forward Kiersten Dallstream picked up two assists to tie for 10th all time with 11.
•The University of Idaho held nearly a double-digit advantage in shots as the Vandals topped visiting Eastern Washington University 4-1 in a non-conference match at Moscow.
Idaho freshman Erica Hart had two goals, senior Sari Morrison had a goal and freshman Chelsea Small had a goal. The Vandals (5-3) finished with 25 shots to the Eagles’ 13.
Brittany Sparks scored for EWU (2-6).
•Visiting North Idaho College blanked Warner Pacific College 4-0 in a non-conference match at Portland.
Lauren Linford led the Cardinals with two goals.
Junior forward Nick Love made his first goal of the season a big one as Gonzaga University edged Binghamton University 2-1 in overtime in the opening round of the Nike/TLC Plumbing and Utilities Invitational at Albuquerque, N.M.
Love’s goal came off a rebound. Ben Funkhouser scored a goal on a header 2 minutes, 20 seconds into the match. The Bulldogs improved to 4-1-2.
In a non-league girls match between Greater Spokane League teams, visiting Mt. Spokane’s girls remained unbeaten with a 3-1 win over Shadle Park. Senior Delaney Zalud had an assist to lead the Wildcats (4-0). Janee Langford scored for the Highlanders (3-2).
Alexis Olgard had two blocks and two aces to lead Mead (3-0, 2-0) past host Ferris (1-6, 0-2) 3-0 in Greater Spokane League play. Hannah Jesberger led the Saxons with nine digs.
Luke Richardson’s second goal of the night, 4:08 into overtime, gave the Castlegar Rebels (1-1-1) a 5-4 win over the Spokane Braves (2-1-0) at Eagles Ice-A-Rena.
Richardson also had three assists, and Ryan Hynsley scored twice for Castlegar. Dylan Tappe had a goal and an assist as four players scored for Spokane. Joel Stewart had three assists.