Perseverance paid off for the University of Idaho volleyball team in its season opener.
The Vandals lost the first game in the Washington Tournament on Friday to Michigan and fell behind the Wolverines 2-1 in the best-of-five match before rallying for a 10-15, 15-10, 9-15, 16-14, 15-12 victory.
Jessica Moore, the Vandals’ returning AllBig West Conference hitter, drove 25 kills while compiling a .419 hitting percentage. She also had 13 digs. Anna Reznicek set the table with 64 assists, Beth Craig added 17 kills and Kyle Leonard had 14 kills and 14 digs.
Karen Chase had 25 kills and Linnea Mendoza 57 assists and 16 digs for the Wolverines, who had a .171 team hitting percentage to the Vandals’ .235.
Washington State, ranked seventh in the preseason, launched its season with two wins in the first day of the Baskin-Robbins Cougar Challenge Matches in Bohler Gym.
More than 1,400 fans watched WSU dispatch Texas-Arlington 15-9, 15-4, 15-9 after the Cougars beat Santa Clara 18-16, 15-9, 15-4.
In other matches, Gonzaga defeated Wichita State 12-15, 15-7, 15-6, 15-12 and Texas-Arlington 18-16, 15-13, 10-15, 15-11 and Santa Clara beat Wichita State 15-4, 15-9, 4-15, 15-7.
The Spokane Chiefs’ annual intrasquad game, the Red and White scrimmage, is Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Arena.
Admission is free.
Chiefs coach Mike Babcock and assistant Mike Pelino ran 85 players through a spirited first week of training camp. The Western Hockey League club opens its exhibition season Sept. 6-7 in Lethbridge against the defending WHL champion Hurricanes.
The Chiefs’ only home exhibition is Sept. 14 against the Portland Winter Hawks. Spokane opens the regular season at home Sept. 27, with the Tri-City Americans.
The Chiefs continue training sessions today at the Arena, with intrasquad scrimmages starting at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Led by the MeadowWood duo of Bob Scott and Chris Curran, Clint Wallman of Birdies Golf Center and Dave Christenson of Indian Canyon, the pros maintained their mastery over the amateurs in the windup of the Athletic Round Table Pro-Am Series.
The pros scored a 14-5 win in the two-day cup matches that wound up Friday at Stoneridge. Scott, Curran, Wallman and Christenson figured in three points each, scoring victories in the Chapman, best-ball and individual competition.
Scott was named the Most Valuable Pro. Tim Rypien, who collected 1 points on a best-ball win and halving his singles match, was named Most Valuable Amateur.
With an 8-over-par 80 Friday, Darin Vaughan of Spokane shot himself out of contention in the Sahalee Northwest Players Championship at Redmond, Wash.
Vaughan finished at 230, 23 shots behind winner Arron Oberholser of San Mateo, Calif., whose 71-207 won by 10 shots.
Jacey Vogrig and Candace Carpenter led the way as Priest River overcame Post Falls 9-15, 17-15, 10-15, 16-14, 15-12 in a volleyball season opener Friday night.
Vogrig had 19 kills and made some key winning tips at the end of the fourth game. Carpenter had 17 kills. Jennifer Reed had 41 assists for the Spartans.
Amber Wetzel’s serving and Reed’s hitting led Priest River back from an 11-0 deficit in Game 5.
Janelle Ruen had 16 kills and Rachel Edmonds 25 assists to lead Post Falls.
Clark Fork jumped on top 20-6 at halftime and held on for a 43-34 win over visiting Falls Christian in season opener Friday afternoon.
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