Taylor Mims finished with 19 kills and 11 digs Friday while leading Washington State to a 3-1 win over No. 17 Northern Iowa (2-3) in nonconference volleyball in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Ashley Brown added 37 assists, nine digs and four aces for the Cougars (3-0), who won the final two sets. Penny Tusa had five aces and Alexis Dirige 18 digs.
The Cougars totaled 17 combined blocks on the night, their most since posting 19 against Arizona State on Nov 11, 2016.
- Rachel Ahrens, Tarah Wylie and Shannon Scully combined for 43 kills to lead Pepperdine (2-2) to a 3-1 win over Idaho (2-2) at the Pepperdine/CSUN Challenge in Malibu, California. Kaela Straw topped the Vandals with 13 kills. DeVonne Ryter added 11 kills, six blocks and an ace.
Lauga Gauta finished with a match-high 16 kills and 22nd-ranked Utah (4-1) swept Gonzaga 3-0 to complete the Bulldogs’ winless day at the Montana Tournament in Missoula. The Bulldogs (0-4) opened the day with a 3-1 loss to Iowa State (4-1) as the Cyclones’ Eleanor Holthaus and Jess Schaben combined for 31 kills. Sarah Penner led GU against Utah, finishing with nine kills and seven digs while hitting .318. Jenna Kuehn had 10 assists. Against Iowa State, the Bulldogs committed 32 errors on 175 swings, hitting .091. The Cyclones hit .227 with 61 kills. Gonzaga won the second set 25-22, connecting for 16 kills and totaling four blocks to force the Cyclones into eight hitting errors. GU’s Katelyn Oppio had 13 kills. Faith Smith and Kuehn combined for added 23 digs and 36 assists.
Eastern Washington opened its day at the UND Classic in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with a 3-1 victory over Louisiana Tech (1-3) after dropping the first set. Kennedy Kaminsky led the Eagles with 13 kills and two blocks. MaKenna Davis added nine kills and three aces. The Eagles took charge of the second set with a 6-1 start. In the decisive fourth set, EWU scored seven consecutive points for a 19-15 lead. In a later match, MaKenzie White and Merry Gebel combined for 25 kills as Western Carolina (4-1) defeated the Eagles 3-1 in the first matchup between the opponents. Catelyn Linke had a career high 19 kills for the Eagles (4-2) and Taylor Larsen added a season-best 11 kills.
Emiko Kahler totaled 25 kills on the day and Whitworth opened its season with a pair of 3-1 wins at the Oregon Trail Classic in Newberg, Oregon. Kahler had 17 kills and Lauren Budde added 13 kills and three block assists in a victory over UC Santa Cruz. Jessica Schmautz had 18 kills and three solo blocks in the Pirates’ later win over Elmhurst (Illinois). Whitworth’s Erin White had 92 assists on the day.
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