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WSU volleyball knocks off No. 23 Cal

Mon., Nov. 25, 2013

Washington State came back from a two-set deficit and defeated No. 23 Cal 21-25, 16-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-10 in Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday.

Kyra Holt led the Cougars (18-13, 5-13 Pac-12) over the Bears (17-10, 10-8) with a career-high 28 kills while getting 11 digs. Camryn Irwin had 55 assists and 18 digs. Libero Kate Sommer had a career-high 36 digs, the second-most in a match in WSU history.

In the deciding set WSU took a 10-5 lead, then withstood a short Cal rally to win.

It was WSU’s first win over Cal since 2002 and first in Berkeley since 2001.

• Leticia Silva and Kayla Martin had 18 kills apiece to guide third-seeded Western Nebraska (40-4) past No. 9 North Idaho (17-12) 3-2 in the fifth-place match of the NJCAA tournament on Saturday in Casper, Wyo.

Larissa Claassen had 14 kills and 22 digs to lead NIC. Russia Robinson was named to the all-tournament team.

No. 1 Blinn beat No. 2 Tyler for the title.

• Gonzaga’s season came to a close with a 3-1 loss to Pacific (14-15, 7-11 West Coast Conference) on Saturday in Spokane. Savannah Blinn had a team-high 13 kills for the Bulldogs (11-16, 7-11).


Columbia Basin defeated Community Colleges of Spokane 82-63 in the championship game of the Everett Classic on Sunday.

All-tournament selections Riley Holsinger and Morgan Freeman led CCS (3-1) with 27 and 25 points, respectively. However, only two other players scored for the Sasquatch.

The Eagles took advantage of 23 CCS turnovers to score 27 points. Their bench outscored the Sasquatch reserves 32-0. The Sasquatch hurt themselves with a 1-for-15 effort from the 3-point arc.

Columbia Basin led 40-31 at the half.


The Idaho Swim and Dive team completed the last day of the Houston Invitational on Saturday and finished second behind Rice with 653 points.

The Vandals were ninth last year.

Erica Anderson broke the Vandals’ record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 17.05 seconds for third place.

Rachel Millet placed fourth in the 200 backstroke in 2:00.19 and third in the 100 freestyle in 50.30. Jamie Sterbis was second in 200 fly in 2:00.58.

Diver Paige Hunt placed second with a score of 202.80 and Mairin Jameson was fifth with 174.80.


The Grand Forks Border Bruins (10-10-2-1) scored a 5-2 win over the Spokane Braves (8-15-0-3) at Eagles Ice-A-Rena on Sunday.

The Braves’ Justin Bonanno scored the game’s first goal and Jonny Marzec restored their lead later in the period with a goal for a 2-1 advantage.

But the Bruins tied it up near the end of the period and added a goal in the second period and two in the third.


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