November 23, 2011 in Sports

Vandals lose in WAC semifinals


Meredith Hays and Stephanie Ziegler combined for 32 kills and 27 digs Tuesday as New Mexico State (23-8) swept Idaho in the Western Athletic Conference volleyball tournament semifinals at Las Vegas.

Allison Walker had 18 kills and Cassie Hamilton added a match-high 16 digs for the Vandals, who finished 16-12.

• Krista Vansant’s 14 kills powered Washington (22-7, 14-7 Pac-12) to a sweep of visiting Washington State.

Meagan Ganzer led the Cougars (12-19, 4-17) with 14 kills, hitting .417.

The teams end their regular season Friday in Pullman.

Women’s basketball

Ali Gibson scored 21 points as visiting Oregon State improved to 5-0 for the first time in 11 years by beating Eastern Washington 74-60 in nonconference play.

Brianne Ryan scored 22 points and Chene Cooper had 11 points and nine assists for the Eagles (2-2).

EWU clawed within 54-49 after Ryan’s 3-pointer with 11:41 left. But Oregon State responded with a 16-3 run.

• EWU senior Ryan earned her first Big Sky Conference Player of the Week award after she totaled 30 points and nine rebounds during last Thursday’s 68-57 win over San Diego.

Men’s golf

Washington’s Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho, finished tied for 15th place at the 37th All-American Classic at El Paso (Texas) Country Club.

Williams shot a final-round, 2-over-par 73 for complete three rounds at 5-over 218.

Men’s swimming

Whitworth sophomore Aaron Vaccaro was named Northwest Conference Athlete of the Week after winning three individual events and helping the Pirates to three relays wins at last weekend’s Northwest Invitational at McMinnville, Ore.

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