Whitworth earns first NWC volleyball win
Nicole Leonard had 14 kills and 14 digs as Whitworth earned its first Northwest Conference volleyball win of the season with a 25-19, 25-21, 9-25, 25-23 victory over Willamette (2-9, 0-4) Saturday night at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.
Whitney Santos had a team-high 19 digs and Shawna Korshavn dished out 34 assists for the Pirates (5-6, 1-3), who play at Lewis & Clark on Friday.
• Alexa Gray and Jennifer Hamson combined for 23 kills as No. 16 Brigham Young swept Gonzaga in a West Coast Conference match at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah.
Ciara Parker had 17 digs and Heather Hannemann handed out a match-high 35 assists.
The Bulldogs came within a point halfway through the first set, but the Cougars pulled away.
Meredith Crenshaw had 11 kills and Mengya Wang passed out 16 assists to lead Gonzaga.
Gonzaga returns to conference play Thursday at the University of Portland.
• Kelsey Schile and Kayla Reno had 10 kills apiece as Montana (3-10, 1-3) added to Eastern Washington’s misery with a 25-20, 25-16, 25-17 win in a Big Sky Conference match in Missoula.
The Eagles fell to 0-15 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
• Allison Walker had 11 kills and six digs to lead Idaho (4-10, 2-2) past Utah State (8-5, 3-1) 25-14, 25-15, 25-22 in a Western Athletic Conference match in Logan, Utah.
Jennifer Feicht and Ryann Carter combined for 32 assists for the Vandals, who won for the first time on the road this season.
• Krista Vansant and Kylin Munoz combined for 29 kills as No. 5 Washington (11-0, 2-0) beat Arizona (9-4, 1-1) 25-16, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23 in a Pac-12 Conference match in Tucson, Ariz.
• Yang Yang had 14 kills, 11 digs and five blocks as North Idaho topped Snow (8-7, 0-2) 21-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-17 in a Scenic West Athletic Conference match in Ephraim, Utah.
HayleeMae Dennis had 12 kills and Kaitlyn Molloy added 12 digs for the Cardinals (14-1, 1-1).
Robby Ubben scored in the 31st minute and Whitworth (6-0-1, 3-0) held on to beat George Fox (0-7-1, 0-3) 1-0 in a Northwest Conference match in Newberg, Ore.
Anders Nostdahl assisted on the goal.
• Chris Peterson and Cesar Esquivel scored two goals apiece to guide Tacoma (3-2, 1-1) to a 4-0 win over Community Colleges of Spokane (2-3-1, 0-2) in an NWAACC match at Spokane Falls Community College.
Esquivel opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 29th minute, and Tacoma added three goals in the second half.
Isaac Peter had seven shots, including two on goal, for the Sasquatch.
Mackenzie Grow scored in the 99th minute to lift Whitworth (4-4, 4-0) past George Fox (1-5-2, 0-4) 1-0 in a Northwest Conference match in Newberg, Ore.
Tiara Pajimola assisted on Grow’s winner.
The win was the Pirates’ fourth shutout in a row. They’ll play at Pacific today.
• Lateashea Currie’s goal off an assist from Gaby Kennedy proved to be the difference as Community Colleges of Spokane hung on to beat Tacoma (3-3, 2-2) 1-0 in an NWAACC match at Spokane Falls Community College.
The Sasquatch (5-0-1, 4-0) held a commanding 21-5 advantage in shots.
• Kassandra Blakely scored on a header off a corner kick in the 86th minute as Everett (2-3-1) earned a 1-1 draw with North Idaho (5-3-1) in a nonconference match in Everett.
NIC’s Anna Valentine scored off an assist from Emilee Cordon in the 21st minute to open the scoring.
Community Colleges of Spokane’s Jon Smith was the top local runner at the Runners Soul/Erik Anderson Invitational at Plantes Ferry Park.
Smith finished the 8-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 49.27 seconds to finish first in the junior college division. Gonzaga’s Andrew Walker took first place in the collegiate division, finishing in 25:50.19.
GU’s Andy Phillips was fourth in 26:18.85.
Washington State’s Emily Dwyer led the local women. Dwyer finished the 5-kilometer course in 18:43.10, good for first place in the collegiate division. Dwyer’s teammate, Abby Knight, was second in 18:52.98.
CCS’ Jessica Mildes was second in the junior college division, finishing in 18:53.39.