Amanda Grumbach and Kaimi Rocha combined for 26 kills and 35 digs Wednesday as Whitworth moved closer to the Northwest Conference volleyball title by outlasting Whitman 3-2 in Walla Walla.
Whitworth (18-6, 13-2) has a 1 1/2-game lead over Pacific Lutheran, which has two matches left. The Pirates close the regular season at home Friday against Lewis & Clark. A league title would give Whitworth a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
• Brigitte Lowe and Kate Hart had seven kills apiece as East Division-leading CC Spokane (30-5, 11-1 NWAACC) swept host Columbia Basin (15-19, 2-10) at Pasco.
Lindsay Bronkhorst, Lowe and Jasmine Vivas combined for 24 digs for the Sasquatch, who will play their final home match on Friday night against East second-place Blue Mountain.
Mikey Luhrs scored in the 46th minute and Emmanuel Martinez recorded the shutout as East Division champion Walla Walla (12-2-2, 9-1-2 NWAACC) edged visiting CC Spokane 1-0.
The Sasquatch (5-8-6, 5-5-2) must defeat Columbia Basin on Saturday to earn a playoff berth.
Conference scoring leader Kaylie Winston (25 goals) capped the scoring at 74 minutes as East Division champ Walla Walla (18-0-1, 14-0-0) topped visiting CC Spokane 3-0.
The Sasquatch (14-4-0, 11-3-0) have clinched the East’s No. 2 playoff berth.
Washington’s Chris Williams (Moscow High) finished in fourth place at the Gifford Intercollegiate at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif.
Williams shot his third consecutive 1-under-par 70 to finish eight shots behind Steve Lim of team champion Southern California.
UW (1,094) placed fifth at the 11-team event, 37 shots behind USC.
Washington State (1,146) placed 11th in its final tournament of the fall. WSU’s Trent Sanders tied for 30th at 223.
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