Jordan Vail and Faith Dooley finished with 14 kills and four blocks apiece Friday and second-seeded North Dakota (29-17) rallied for a 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-22 win over Idaho in a Big Sky Conference volleyball tournament semifinal in Sacramento, California.
The Vandals (18-11), who had won six consecutive matches, ended the season with their most victories since 2013.
“We were picked to finish sixth or seventh in the preseason,” Idaho coach Debbie Buchanan said. “I am really proud of the girls. We battled all year and got better. This is a hard way to go out.
Sarah Sharp, Kaela Straw and Torrin Crawford combined for 33 kills for the third-seeded Vandals, who defeated North Dakota 3-2 on Nov. 4. Sharp, a junior, surpassed 900 kills for her career.
Haylee Mathis added 41 assists and Alycia Wodke 22 digs for the Vandals.
The Fighting Hawks will meet top-seeded Sacramento State (26-8) in Saturday’s championship match.
- Junior Taylor Mims finished with a career-high 26 kills while leading Washington State (16-13, 5-12 Pac-12) to a 25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 29-27 win over No. 20 Oregon (16-9, 9-8) in Eugene. Mims became the 26th player in school history to reach 800 career kills. Ella Lajos added nine kills and five blocks for the Cougars, and Ashley Brown had a career-best 48 assists and nine digs. WSU rushed the floor to celebrate when it thought it had clinched the fourth game 25-23. A challenge reversed a hitting error call, but the Cougars held off two UO set points to cap the match. Taylor Agost led the Ducks with 25 kills and four blocks. Oregon defeated WSU 3-2 on Oct. 13. The Cougars have three conference matches left, starting with Sunday at Oregon State.
- Mary-Kate Marshall led four players in double figures with 15 kills and Oregon State (19-9, 9-7 Pac-12) upset No. 10 Washington 26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13 in Corvallis. Kara Bajema had a match-high 22 kills for the Huskies (21-6, 11-5), who had won six of seven.
- Community Colleges of Spokane and North Idaho stayed alive after two days of the Northwest Athletic Conference Championship in Tacoma. North Idaho, in the winners bracket, opened with a 25-10, 13-25, 25-19, 25-21 loss to Linn-Benton. Kayla Neumann led the Cardinals with 17 kills and 11 digs. The Cardinals (33-7) bounced back to eliminate Edmonds 25-23, 25-22 as Hailee Etter and Halle Hess had 10 kills apiece. NIC will play Bellevue (34-13) at 10 a.m. Saturday in a loser-out match. CCS, facing elimination, topped Columbia Basin 25-22, 26-24. Kendall Collins had 20 assists and 10 digs, and Taylor Gould added 10 kills for the Sasquatch. CCS (35-10) will meet Lower Columbia (27-13) at 10 a.m. Saturday in a loser-out match.
Ben College scored 31 points, hitting 9 of 13 on 3-pointers, and Whitworth (2-0) rolled past visiting Gallaudet 92-56 in nonconference play.
Jordan Lester added 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Pirates, and Kyle Roach scored 15.
North Idaho 87, Northwest Wyoming 80: RayQuan Evans scored 31 points, hitting 11 of 17 from the field and 8 of 8 from the line, and added seven assists and seven rebounds to guide the Cardinals to a season-opening, nonconference win over the visiting Trappers.
The Cardinals shot 53 percent (31 of 59) from the floor, including 63 percent (20 of 32) in the second half to rally from a 38-34 halftime deficit.
Cassie Devashrayee hit 14 of 17 free throws on the way to 25 points and Brigham Young (2-1) used a 24-16 fourth quarter to stop host Eastern Washington 73-69 in nonconference play.
The Cougars shot 52 percent from the field in the second half and outscored the Eagles (1-2) 27-18 from the line.
Violet Kapri Morrow led EWU with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Season scoring leader Delaney Hodgins was held to seven points on 2-for-11 shooting from the floor.
Whitworth 87, Whittier 59: Grace Douglas scored 21 points, hitting four of her team’s 17 3-pointers, and the Pirates defeated the Poets at the Ramada at Spokane Airport Whit Classic in a season opener for both.
The Pirates finished 17 of 34 on 3-pointers.
Madison Moffat had 10 rebounds to lead Whitworth’s 41-30 advantage.
Dillon Ulrey (157 pounds) and Nick Maximov (184) registered pins to guide Clackamas CC to a 24-17 dual win at North Idaho (1-2).
The Cardinals picked up a pin from Damian Trujillo at 285.
Washington State freshman Emily Cook set the school record in the 100 backstroke during the first day of the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.
Cook, leading off the 400 medley relay, finished in 53.70 seconds.
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