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College volleyball: WSU’s Taylor Mims named Pac-12 POW

WSU’s Taylor Mims, in action here against Maryland Eastern Shore on Sept. 9, was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week for her performace this past week against Stanford and Cal. (Shelly Hanks/WSU photo / WSU photo)
WSU’s Taylor Mims, in action here against Maryland Eastern Shore on Sept. 9, was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week for her performace this past week against Stanford and Cal. (Shelly Hanks/WSU photo / WSU photo)

Washington State’s Taylor Mims is the Pac-12 Volleyball offensive player of the week, the Pac-12 Conference office announced on Monday.

The Cougars, ranked No. 10 in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll this week, are coming off a trio of consecutive upset wins against top 10 nationally-ranked teams: at then-No. 4 Washington, at then-No.9 UCLA (when WSU was unranked) and against then-No. 9 Stanford (when WSU was ranked No. 17). This was WSU’s fourth win over the Cardinal in 61 matches, and the first time the Cougars have defeated Stanford since 2002.

Mims, a sophomore middle blocker from Billings, Montana, had 13 kills with only one error in 26 attacks for a .462 hitting percentage, a 3.9 points per set average, served one ace and tallied eight blocks in the Stanford win. In the 3-0 win over California, Mims had eight kills, hit .357, served one ace and had five blocks.

This is Mims’ first Pac-12 honor and the 24th all-time for WSU. Kyra Holt was the offensive player of the week and Claire Martin was the defensive player of the week for Sept. 19-25.

No. 10 WSU (14-2, 4-0 Pac-12) travels to Oregon State and co-Pac-12 leading No. 20 Oregon this week for Friday and Sunday matches.

Men’s golf

Derrick Phelps of CC Spokane shot 1-under 69 on Monday to win the Grays Harbor NWAC league match at Highlands Golf Course in Cosmopolis, Washington.

Phelps two-day total was 3-under 137. Sean Langham and Ross Gilbert of North Idaho finished in a six-way tie for third at 1-over 141.

North Idaho took the team title at 3-over 563 and Spokane finished third at 18-over 578.

Whitworth ties for 2nd in Walla Walla: Whitworth freshman JackRyan O’Neil shot one-over par to finish in a tie for second place on Monday at the Whitman College Men’s Invitational in Walla Walla, Washington.

O’Neil shot 75-70 – 155 to finish one stroke behind Alex Plusquellec of George Fox, who went 76-68 – 144.

Whitworth finished in a tie for third place with Lewis & Clark College. George Fox took top team honors and PLU was the runner-up.

The Pirates play at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic this weekend in Creswell, Oregon.

Women’s golf

Gonzaga wrapped up its own Gonzaga Match Play on Monday, losing the tournament finale 4-2 to 25th-ranked BYU at Manito Golf & Country Club.

At 3-0 on the weekend, BYU earned the Gonzaga Match Play title. Seattle U and Portland State each finished the tournament 2-1, Gonzaga and Idaho went 1-2, and Eastern Washington ended at 0-3.

The Bulldogs’ two points came from two players who finished the tournament undefeated. Gonzaga’s top seed, Ciera Min, closed out a perfect tournament with a 3 and 2 win over Kendra Dalton. Jessica Mangrobang closed out Brooklyn Hocker for a 1 up victory. The Zags next tournament is Oct. 10-11 in Lakewood for Seattle U’s Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational, played at Tacoma Country and Golf Club.

Whitworth takes 2nd at own invitational: Whitworth moved up one spot to second place in the final standings of the Whitworth Invitational at the Kalispel Country Club.

The Pirates, who were in third place after Sunday’s first round, moved ahead of Pacific University and finished as the runners-up to Pacific Lutheran.

Maggie Peters was the top individual finisher for Whitworth. She shot 85-83 – 168 for fifth place, leading a total of four Pirates who finished among the top ten players in the field. Madison Pillo (82-91 – 173), who had the Bucs’ best individual round of the tournament, finished in eighth place.

PLU’s Desirae Haselwood (77-76 – 153) was the individual medalist.

Whitworth will return to action this weekend at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic in Creswell, Oregon.

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