Allie Schumacher had a school-record 35 kills Thursday as Eastern Washington’s volleyball team continued its late-season surge with a 3-2 Big Sky Conference win over Northern Arizona at Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Eagles (3-23, 3-12), who started the season 0-22, fought off three match points during the 23-21 fifth game. Laney Brown, who recorded the winning kill, finished with 67 assists as EWU moved out of the Big Sky cellar. NAU (19-5, 11-4), third in the Big Sky, led the fifth game 13-11 before back-to-back kills by Schumacher, who broke Kim Exner’s mark of 34 set in 1996.
Lynsey Curry scored from 16 yards out in overtime as third-seeded Texas State (8-11-1) ended Idaho’s season with a 2-1 decision at the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Logan, Utah.
Sophomore Katie Baran, who led the WAC in assists this season, put the sixth-seeded Vandals (6-14-1) ahead in the fourth minute with a header goal after Texas State’s failed attempt to clear.
Idaho had two second-half shots hit the crossbar. The Vandals also had three shots from within the 6-yard box in OT, but two were blocked and one sailed high.
Michael Middlebrooks led four players in double figures with 17 points as North Idaho began its season with a 100-66 win over Tohono O’odham CC at Yuma, Ariz.
Chris Williams (Moscow High) of Washington was named the Pacific Northwest Golf Association men’s player of the year for a season that included winning the 86th Washington State Men’s Amateur Championship and the Western Amateur.
• Idaho senior Gordon Webb was named WAC Golfer of the Month for October after winning the Price’s Give ’Em Five Invitational in El Paso, Texas, and placing fourth at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate.
Northern Arizona’s Savana Bezdicek (Mt. Spokane) was named Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week.