Whitworth closes in on NWC volleyball title
Amanda Grumbach and Kaimi Rocha combined for 26 kills and 35 digs Wednesday as Whitworth moved closer to the Northwest Conference volleyball title by outlasting Whitman 3-2 in Walla Walla.
Whitworth (18-6, 13-2) has a 1 1/2-game lead over Pacific Lutheran, which has two matches left. The Pirates close the regular season at home Friday against Lewis & Clark. A league title would give Whitworth a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
• Brigitte Lowe and Kate Hart had seven kills apiece as East Division-leading CC Spokane (30-5, 11-1 NWAACC) swept host Columbia Basin (15-19, 2-10) at Pasco.
Lindsay Bronkhorst, Lowe and Jasmine Vivas combined for 24 digs for the Sasquatch, who will play their final home match on Friday night against East second-place Blue Mountain.
Mikey Luhrs scored in the 46th minute and Emmanuel Martinez recorded the shutout as East Division champion Walla Walla (12-2-2, 9-1-2 NWAACC) edged visiting CC Spokane 1-0.
The Sasquatch (5-8-6, 5-5-2) must defeat Columbia Basin on Saturday to earn a playoff berth.
Conference scoring leader Kaylie Winston (25 goals) capped the scoring at 74 minutes as East Division champ Walla Walla (18-0-1, 14-0-0) topped visiting CC Spokane 3-0.
The Sasquatch (14-4-0, 11-3-0) have clinched the East’s No. 2 playoff berth.
Washington’s Chris Williams (Moscow High) finished in fourth place at the Gifford Intercollegiate at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif.
Williams shot his third consecutive 1-under-par 70 to finish eight shots behind Steve Lim of team champion Southern California.
UW (1,094) placed fifth at the 11-team event, 37 shots behind USC.
Washington State (1,146) placed 11th in its final tournament of the fall. WSU’s Trent Sanders tied for 30th at 223.