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Area roundup: No. 5 Washington volleyball avoids upset against Idaho

From staff and wire reports

Idaho had a chance at a volleyball upset against No. 5 Washington, but the Huskies prevailed with a 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 25-16 decision on Friday at the Seattle University Tournament.

The young Vandals held up against the defending Pac-12 champions. Washington (4-0) opened quickly in the first set and the Vandals countered, taking the second to even the match before stumbling in the later sets.

Torrin Crawford led the Vandals (3-1) with a .462 swing percentage.

Washington’s Crissy Jones led all players with 16 kills.

Cougars sweep Northeastern: Washington State grabbed a 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 win over Northeastern (3-2) with a 16-2 blocking margin in the opening match at the Long Beach (California) State Mizuno Invitational at the Walter Pyramid.

Cougars sophomore Taylor Mims had a match-high eight blocks.

WSU (3-1) has two matches on Saturday, meeting UC Irvine at 10 a.m. and host Long Beach State at 7 p.m.

Eastern Washington blanks Titans: The Eastern Eagles swept Cal State Fullerton 25-16, 25-18, 26-24 in the Grand Canyon Tournament in Phoenix.

It’s the first time the Eagles have topped CSF since 1994. The Titans are 4-3 in the all-time series.

Ka’iulani Ahuna had a career-best 12 kills for Eastern (2-2), which faces host Grand Canyon on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Women’s soccer

The game between Eastern Washington and Gonzaga at Luger Field was called because of lightning and declared a no contest. It was stopped in the 61st minute with EWU up 2-1.

Eastern maintained its 3-1-0 mark and plays Friday at Cal State Bakersfield. Gonzaga is 2-1-1 and hosts Portland State on Sunday at noon.

WSU tops Montana: Alysha Overland scored twice and Washington State handed Montana its first loss of the season, 2-1 in Pullman.

The Cougars evened their record at 2-2. They host North Dakota State on Sunday at 7 p.m. Montana fell to 3-1-1.

Whitworth falls to Saint Benedict: Saint Benedict defeated visiting Whitworth 2-0 in a nonconference match in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Jenna Kleason and Taylor Hedin scored first-half goals. Whitworth faces Carroll (Montana) on the road on Saturday and Sunday.


Curtis Miske scored twice and Kailer Yamamoto tallied three assists to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Giants to open their Western Hockey League preseason schedule in Everett.

Spokane’s Donovan Buskey, a 16-year-old rookie, played all 60 minutes in goal, stopping 15 of 18 shots.

The Chiefs continue their preseason slate on Saturday in Everett, taking on the Portland Winterhawks at 11:30 a.m.

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