The Whitworth volleyball team made it seven straight wins with a Northwest Conference victory over Willamette Friday in Spokane. Scores were 25-14, 25-20, 19-25 and 25-23.
The Pirates’ Cassandra Mendoza had 15 kills and nine digs, Nicole Leonard added 14 kills and 14 digs and Maddy Dinsmore chipped in 46 assists and 12 digs.
Whitworth has lost just four sets during their winning streak. The Pirates (18-5, 11-2) will look to make it eight straight victories today at home against Linfield.
Willamette fell to 11-11 overall and 6-7 in the NWC.
• Samantha Bricio and Elise Ruddins combined for 30 kills and No. 20 USC (13-9, 6-6) beat Washington State 26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17 in a Pac-12 Conference match in Los Angeles.
The Cougars’ Kyra Holt had a career-high 21 digs and added 18 kills. WSU (10-13, 1-10) plays at UCLA on Sunday.
• Krista Vansant had nine kills and Katy Beals and Bailey Tanner combined for 30 assists as No. 2 Washington (23-0, 12-0) swept No. 16 UCLA (15-7, 6-5) in a Pac-12 match in Los Angeles. Scores were 25-15, 25-17 and 25-8.
The Huskies host Oregon next Friday.
Gonzaga was recognized by Baseball America as having one of the top 35 recruiting classes among Division I schools.
Gage Burland, Tyler Frost, Nick Nyquist and Branson Trube are the top newcomers for GU.
Gonzaga, which will be looking for a third straight trip to the West Coast Conference tournament, begins its season in February.
Sofia Huerta scored twice to guide Santa Clara (12-6, 5-2) past Gonzaga 3-0 in a West Coast Conference match in Santa Clara, California.
Mariana Galvan scored the Broncos’ other goal.
The Bulldogs (8-8-1, 3-3-1) have two regular-season matches remaining.
They play at San Francisco on Sunday and host Portland on Nov. 8.
• Jamie Simon scored the only goal of the match in the 67th minute and Montana (12-5-2, 8-0-2) clipped Eastern Washington 1-0 in a Big Sky Conference regular-season finale in Cheney.
The Eagles (8-8, 5-5) put seven shots on goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Eastern Washington will play a Big Sky tournament first-round match on Thursday.
• Jamie Fink’s penalty-kick goal in the 36th minute broke a 1-all tie and gave Southern California a 2-1 Pac-12 Conference win over Washington (12-5-1, 5-3-1) in Seattle.
Katie Johnson gave the Trojans (11-5-2, 5-4) an early lead with her goal in the sixth minute. Washington’s Chelsea Archer knotted the contest in the 27th minute before Fink’s match-winner.
It was the Huskies’ first loss in their past seven matches.
Torrey DeArmas and Kyle Macleod scored second-half goals and San Diego (7-4-4, 3-0) beat Gonzaga 2-0 in a West Coast Conference match in Spokane.
The Bulldogs (3-11, 1-2) held an 11-9 shot advantage, but couldn’t get any past Toreros keeper Thomas Olsen.
GU is host to Loyola Marymount on Sunday.
Washington State senior Abby Regan took ninth place to lead the Cougar women at the Pac-12 Conference Championships at Metropolitan Golf Course in Oakland, California.
Regan completed the 6,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 30 seconds. Arizona State’s Shelby Houlihan won in 19:59.
Drew Jordan led the WSU men with a 36th-place finish. Jordan covered the 8,000-meter course in 24:36.
Djuan Piper scored 15 points and Jordan King added 14 points and five rebounds as North Idaho opened its season with a 67-54 nonconference win over Western Wyoming in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Kurtis Redding and Tanner Stolz scored two goals apiece and the Spokane Braves (9-6-0-3) beat the Columbia Valley Rockies (3-10-0-3) 7-4 in a KIJHL game at Eagles Ice-A-Rena in Spokane.
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