The Gonzaga volleyball team won two five-set matches Friday at the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The Bulldogs won both of their matches after falling into a 0-2 hole after the first two sets.
GU (7-4) beat Florida Atlantic 18-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 15-12 to open the day. Savannah Blinn had a match-high 26 kills and Kathie Rutherford chipped in 34 assists and 11 digs. Kristina Lavrisha posted a match-high 20 digs.
Blinn led the way again in the next match as the Bulldogs came back to beat Villanova 21-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-19, 15-13. Blinn had a team-high 16 kills. Lavrisha had 31 digs and Terran Poindexter added 11 kills and five digs for Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs, who play UC Riverside and Arizona State today, have now won six of their past seven matches.
• Washington State’s winning streak reached eight games after the Cougars toppled Norfolk State and Cal State Bakersfield at the Air Force Academy Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jaicee Harris had 13 kills and Camryn Irwin dished out 29 assists as WSU beat Norfolk State 25-14, 25-15, 25-13 in its first match.
The Cougars had three players reach double-digits in kills in their next match – a 25-14, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18 win over Cal State Bakersfield.
Marcelina Glab and Harris had 13 kills and Rachel Todorovich chipped in 11 for Washington State.
The Cougars, who improved to 9-2 on the season, take on Air Force tonight.
• Haley Urdahl had 11 kills and 17 digs to lead No. 20 Pacific Lutheran (7-2, 1-0) to a 25-13, 25-19, 18-25, 25-20 win over Whitworth (4-4, 0-1) in a Northwest Conference opener in Parkland, Wash. Jalana White had 14 kills and 18 digs and Nicole Leonard had 10 kills and 26 digs to lead the Pirates.
Collin Valcourt scored twice and Brenden Kichton had a goal and an assist as the Spokane Chiefs ended the preseason with a 4-1 win over Tri-City in Kennewick.
The win was Spokane’s fifth in a row. The Chiefs open the regular season at Tri-City next Saturday.
• Kamloops (5-1) scored early and often in an 8-3 win over the Spokane Braves in KIJHL action at Kamloops.
Justin Loepker, Matt Thurston and Kurtis Redding scored for Spokane in its league opener.
Micaela Castain and Jocelyn Jeffers scored second-half goals to lead Washington State to a 2-0 nonconference win over Hawaii (5-2-2) in Pullman.
The win snapped Hawaii’s seven-match unbeaten streak. The Cougars (5-1) dominated possession and had a 15-4 advantage in shots.
The victory was Washington State’s seventh straight shutout at home, dating back to last season.
• Justyne Freud and Megan Miller scored as No. 21 Oregon State (7-1) topped Gonzaga 2-0 at the Nike Invitational in Corvallis, Ore.
The loss was the third straight for the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga (5-4) had several promising scoring opportunities early in the match, but couldn’t convert. The Bulldogs’ free kick in the fourth minute hit the post and they couldn’t capitalize on two early corner-kicks.
Susan Brown made three saves for GU, which takes on Oregon on Sunday in its final match at the Nike Invite.
• Cassie Black and Haley Stading scored second-half goals to power Eastern Washington to a 2-0 nonconference win over Idaho in Cheney.
The Vandals (2-7) had plenty of chances, but none of their 22 shots found the back of the net. Nathalie Schwery made 11 saves for the Eagles (2-4-1).
• Community Colleges of Spokane beat Umpqua 3-1, swept Clark and came from behind to beat Bellevue in five sets on the first day of the Spokane Crossover at Spokane Falls Community College.
Oliva Schimmels had eight digs and Bianna Nikdel added 19 assists and two aces to guide Gonzaga Prep to a sweep of Ferris in a Greater Spokane League opener at G-Prep. Set scores were 25-21, 25-23, 25-13.