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Area roundup: Idaho volleyball finishes regular season with sweep, advances as No. 3 seed

Sarah Sharp finished with a match-high 13 kills and Idaho (17-10, 12-4 Big Sky Conference) hit a season-high .406 to defeat Montana State 25-21, 25-18, 25-20 in Bozeman on Saturday.

The Vandals recorded their 10th sweep of the season while capping their regular season. Idaho assured itself of the No. 3 seed to the conference tournament, which begins Thursday in Sacramento, California. Idaho will open against No. 6 Idaho State (11-18).

Natalie Passeck had 12 kills for the Bobcats (10-15, 6-10), who just missed out on qualifying for the tourney.

  • Kathryn Plummer finished with 22 kills and second-ranked Stanford (22-3, 15-1 Pac-12 Conference) rallied for a 19-25, 32-30, 25-16, 25-21 win at Washington State (15-13, 4-12). Taylor Mims had a match-high 25 kills for the Cougars, who led the second game 30-29 and nearly took a 2-0 advantage in sets.
  • Seniors Ashley Seiler and Megan LaFond completed their careers with 12 kills apiece as Eastern Washington (7-18, 4-12 Big Sky) dropped a 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 season-ending match to Montana (8-21, 3-13) in Missoula.
  • Roxie Wiblin, Jayden Kennedy and Kaity Edwards combined for 28 kills to lead No. 12 San Diego (21-4, 14-1 West Coast Conference) to a 25-16, 25-23, 25-11 sweep at Gonzaga (13-14, 8-7). Despite the setback, the Bulldogs remained tied for third place in the conference with Pacific and Santa Clara with three matches left. GU led the second game 21-20 before the Toreros bounced back. Kaylie Loewen was involved in four of Gonzaga’s eight blocks.

Cross country

Whitworth’s women qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship by placing second at the West Regional in Claremont, California.

Junior Kayla Leland’s third-place finish guided the Pirates, who scored 109 points to trail only host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Leland completed the 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 41.51 seconds. Winner Bryn McKillop of the host Athenas ran 21:07.51.

Whitworth’s men placed eighth with 236 points, led by 27th-place Come Nzibarega, who ran 26:24.39 for 8,000 meters.

The national meet is Saturday in Elsah, Illinois.

  • Micaela Kostecka placed second to lead the Community Colleges of Spokane women to the team title at the Northwest Athletic Conference Championships at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. Kostecka completed the 6,000 meters in 18:41.40 to trail only Delia Deleon (18:29.20) of Treasure Valley. Aubrianne Knudsen (19:55.20) placed seventh and Annastasia Chapel (19:57.70) took eighth to help the Sasquatch to 41 team points, edging out TVCC (45). The CCS men (49 points) placed second behind Lane (42). Andy Muha (26:47.30 for 8,000) led Lane’s 1-2 finish, followed by the Sasquatch’s Ethan Green (27:23.60). CCS’ Will Medellin placed fifth in 27:39.80.
  • Washington State’s men and WSU women’s runner Vallery Korir earned at-large berths to the NCAA Championships, set for Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. WSU’s men will make a third consecutive appearance.

Men’s soccer

Colin Bettencourt and Anthony Orendain finished with one goal and one assist apiece as Pacific (12-4-1, 4-2-1 West Coast Conference) defeated Gonzaga 3-1 in Stockton, California, in the regular-season finale for the Bulldogs (6-9-2, 0-6-1).