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Freshman Boevers leads GU to first win of year

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Freshman outside hitter Michelle Boevers’ 24 kills led Gonzaga’s volleyball team to a 30-27, 27-30, 28-30, 30-28, 15-13 win over Portland State at the Oregon Kickoff Classic Saturday in Eugene, Ore.

Boevers also hit .327 as the Bulldogs (1-2) rallied from a 12-9 deficit in the fifth game to hold off the Vikings (1-1). Becky Jones added 19 kills for GU, with Briawna Mueller adding 12 on a .500 hitting percentage.

•Lizzy Mellor’s 21 kills led Eastern Washington (1-1) to a 30-19, 26-30, 30-20, 24-30, 15-13 win over South Dakota State (1-2) at the Oregon Kickoff Classic.

Kerri Beck added 12 kills and Ashley Jensen 11 for the Eagles.

•No. 2 Washington (2-0) made short work of Montana State, routing the Bobcats (2-1) 30-8, 30-13, 30-16 to win the Husky Challenge in Seattle.

•A trio of two-game sweeps highlighted North Idaho College’s day at the College of Southern Idaho tournament in Twin Falls.

The Cardinals (7-1) swept Laramie College (30-19, 30-17), Dixie State (30-22, 30-17) and Western Wyoming (30-24, 30-22). The day’s only blight was a loss to the host Golden Eagles. CSI, having won seven of the last 11 junior college national titles, swept NIC 30-23, 30-17.

•The Vandals had three players in double-figure kills, but it wasn’t enough as Idaho lost its first match of the season, falling to host Ohio (2-0) 30-18, 30-25, 28-30, 30-22 at the AmeriHost Invitational in Athens, Ohio.

Erin Curtis (11), Kati Tikker (11) and Amanda Bowman (10) all reached double figures for the Vandals (2-1).


A late goal by Patrick Perkins sent Olympic past the Community Colleges of Spokane men 2-1 in a non-conference matchup at Spokane Falls CC.

After the Rangers opened the scoring in the 51st minute, Kevin Bourland tied the game for the Sasquatch (0-1) in the 65th minute. But Perkins scored on a breakaway in the 84th minute to secure the win for Olympic (1-0).

•Steffannii Johnson of Medical Lake and Alexis DeLeo of Gonzaga Prep each scored twice as the CC Spokane women opened the year with a 4-0 win over Olympic (0-1) at Spokane Falls.


Sixth-ranked North Dakota opened the game with 20 straight points and cruised to a 44-20 over Central Washington in a non-conference matchup in Ellensburg, Wash.

It was the season opener for both.

•James Monrean went 20 for 30 for 266 yards and four touchdowns to help Western Washington to a 49-20 win over Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo., in the season opener for both schools.

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