Allison Walker and Alicia Milo combined for 29 kills and the Idaho Vandals stunned the Washington State Cougars in the finale of the Cougar Invitational volleyball tournament on Saturday in Pullman.
Kelsey Taylor had six blocks for the Vandals (2-1) who rolled to a 25-22, 25-19, 25-21 victory before 1,003 fans at Bohler Gym.
Tourney MVP Meagan Ganzer topped the Cougars (2-1) with 18 kills, while Oceana Bush totaled 14 digs.
The Cougars opened the day with a 3-1 win over the Weber State Wildcats (0-2), dropping the first set 22-25 before taking three straight 25-15, 25-15, 25-13. Ganzer notched 22 kills – hitting .341 – to lead WSU. Freshman Sara Biondi piled up 42 assists and Bush contributed 19 digs.
The Vandals dropped three straight sets in their first match of the day, losing 25-10, 25-18, 25-23 to the UC Irvine Anteaters (1-1). Walker paced Idaho with 14 kills, while Jenny Feicht had 19 assists and 13 digs.
• Kaprina Goodwin and Caitlin Cozad teamed up for 24 kills and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-2) held on for a 25-22, 25-14, 19-25, 25-27, 15-13 victory over the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (0-3) in their final match of the North Dakota Classic in Grand Forks.
The Bulldogs began the day with a 25-18, 26-24, 26-24 sweep over the San Jose State Spartans (0-2). Freshman Kristina Lavrisha led GU with eight kills and 20 digs.
• Kindra Carlson and Becky Perry posted eight kills apiece and the eighth-ranked Washington Huskies (2-0) cruised to a 25-13, 25-15, 25-13 win over the Eastern Washington Eagles (1-2) in the final match of the Seattle Invitational.
Sophomore Shelby Puckett led Eastern with seven kills and hit .400 for the match.
In the day’s first match for the Eagles, Puckett had career highs of 21 kills and 19 digs, but the Eagles fell to the Seattle Redhawks 18-25, 25-18, 13-25, 25-17, 15-13.
• The North Idaho Cardinals split a pair of matches at the College of Southern Idaho tournament in Twin Falls.
NIC swept Casper (Wyo.) 25-13, 25-22, 25-16, before being swept by the tourney hosts 25-23, 25-18, 25-20. Tina Strahinic topped the Cardinals with 21 kills on the day, while Danielle Hodge finished with 18 kills.
The fifth-ranked Central Washington Wildcats saw their 17-game regular-season winning streak end in the season opener.
The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs took advantage of three big plays and rolled to a 35-10 victory in Ellensburg.
The Bulldogs trailed 3-0 before ripping off 28 unanswered points. Chase Vogler scored on a 55-yard run. Vogler followed that with an 89-yard scoring strike to receiver D.J. Winfield. Forest Clements capped the scoring for the Bulldogs with a 46-yard interception-return touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats’ lone scoring plays were a 37-yard field goal by Pavel Panchenko at 5:57 in the first quarter and a Ryan Robertson-to-Chris Smith TD pass with 1:08 left in the third quarter.
The North Idaho Cardinals women rolled to a 4-0 victory over the Western Wyoming Mustangs in non-conference play in Coeur d’Alene.
Demi Wignot staked NIC to a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 25th minute.
The Cardinals broke the match open with a three-goal second half. Nicole Medeiros found the net in the 56th minute. Hayley Smith scored two minutes later and Kristin Decroix tallied the final goal in the 80th minute.
• The St. Maries Lumberjacks and Orofino Maniacs played to a 0-0 tie in Intermountain League boys prep play in Orofino.
Lumberjacks goalkeeper Judd Sempl notched eight saves on the day, while Maniacs keeper Hayden Senefsky turned away seven shots on goal.
Also, the Orofino Maniacs girls romped to a 13-0 Intermountain League win over visiting St. Maries, outshooting the Lumberjacks 45-6.
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