Roundup: Vandals win golf tourney
The Idaho Vandals – led by Kayla Mortellaro’s medalist effort – had three of the top four finishers and breezed to the team title at the WSU Inland Cup at Palouse Ridge Golf Course on Wednesday in Pullman.
Mortellaro, a sophomore, shot a final-round 2-over-par 74 to finish with a three-round total of 3-over-par 219 – one stroke better than senior teammate Amanda Jacobs (74) and Oregon State’s Cara Freeman (69). Idaho sophomore Teo Poplawski carded a final-round 75 to finish fourth overall at 224.
The first-place Vandals finished with a 39-over 903, easily outdistancing runner-up Nevada (916). Sacramento State (918) was third followed by Gonzaga (932). Washington State finished eighth and Eastern Washington was last in the 13-team field.
Idaho has opened the season with back-to-back tournament titles.
Washington State was led by Ali Thompson’s fifth-place finish at 225.
Sage Suffecool (227) placed in a four-way tie for sixth to pace Gonzaga. Teammate Victoria Fallgren was 10th at 228.
Eastern Washington was topped by Kellie Holmstedt, who finished 23rd at 236.
Nicole Graybeal totaled 14 kills, four blocks and two service aces to spark the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (16-8, 2-0) to a 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 win over the Columbia Basin Hawks (11-8, 1-2) in NWAACC action at Spokane Falls CC.
Kealey Johnston had a match-high 20 digs for the Sasquatch, while Kelsey Kurtz topped all 24 assists. Kurtz also chipped in with two service aces.
•Devin Trefz had 13 kills and Lindsay Vortherms notched 20 digs to lead the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (9-5) to a 15-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-22 non-conference win over the host Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-8).
Gonzaga’s Michelle Boevers tied for match-high honors with 13 kills, as did Allyson Powell with 20 digs. Kelsey Bashaw topped the Bulldogs with 28 assists.
Megan Langseth piled up 40 assists for the Fighting Sioux, who outhit the Bulldogs .146-.117.
Julissa Rodriguez scored in the 81st minute to lift the Columbia Basin Hawks (5-0-0) to a 1-0 non-conference victory over the North Idaho Cardinals (3-3-4) in Pasco.
NIC outshot CBC 11-7, but couldn’t get one past Hawks keeper Amanda Fresz, who finished with four saves in notching the shutout.
Eastern Washington’s Alex Smyth earned the Big Sky Conference athlete of the week honors for his showing at the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle.
Smyth, a junior, finished fourth out of 72 runners with a time of 24 minutes, 11.41 seconds on the 8,000-meter course to help the Eagles place third.
Gonzaga Bulldogs junior Janelle Bekkering scored 12 points to help Canada wallop Dominican Republic 103-37 in the opener of the FIBA Americas Championship at the Aecim Tocantins Gym in Cuiaba, Brazil.