Washington State improved its record to 8-1 after defeating Idaho 25-10, 25-13, 25-17 to claim the Cougar Challenge volleyball tournament title on Saturday afternoon in Pullman.
WSU did not lose a set during the two-day tournament, hitting an outstanding .371 as a team and holding opponents to a combined .058 hitting percentage.
Cougars senior Hailey Bethune was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after landing 28 kills during the weekend. Kyra Holt and McKenna Woodford were named to the all-tournament team.
Becca Mau was an all-tournament selection for Idaho (4-5).
WSU plays in the Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas, starting Friday against the College of Charleston, Virginia and host Baylor. The Vandals host the Idaho Volleyball Classic starting Thursday against Wyoming, Tennessee Tech and Oregon State.
Zags win a pair in Nevada tourney: Gonzaga capped off its weekend at the Nevada Wolf Pack Tournament with two wins on Saturday, beating UC Davis and Southern Utah in Reno, Nevada.
The Zags opened with a three-set sweep of the Aggies (25-15, 27-25, 25-19), then survived a five-set thriller against the Thunderbirds (25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 19-25, 15-13).
Katelyn Oppio capped off a strong tournament for GU with 16 kills and seven blocks on Saturday.
The Zags (6-1) play next weekend in the Ameritas Player’s Challenge, in Lincoln, Nebraska, against Creighton, defending national champion Nebraska and Montana State starting on Friday.
Eastern Washington splits in Wyoming: The Eagles rallied to score a thrilling victory over Samford (25-22, 25-27, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13), but fell in straight sets to host Wyoming (18-25, 12-25, 16-25) at the UniWyo Invite in Laramie, Wyoming.
Katie Mahoney matched her career high in kills with 19 in the first match. She was one of four players – along with Ka’iulani Ahuna, Chloe Weber and Jessica Gilbert – with double-digit kills for the Eagles. Eastern Washington (5-4) travels to Montana on Sept. 22.
Whitworth wins twice in Texas: The Pirates picked up a pair of wins at the Trinity University Fall Volleyball Classic, defeating Whittier College 3-0 and Mary Hardin-Baylor 3-1 in San Antonio.
Whitworth bounced back from a rough Friday at Trinity to finished the tournament 2-2.
Whitworth pulled away from Whittier for a 26-24, 25-21, 25-14 victory. The Pirates closed out the tournament with a 25-12, 20-25, 26-24, 25-15 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor.
The Pirates (5-3) will open Northwest Conference play at home next weekend by hosting George Fox and Pacific (Oregon).
CC Spokane at Walla Walla: The Sasquatch (6-3) beat Pierce (19-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-13) and swept Mt. Hood (25-15, 26-24, 25-9) in the Walla Walla Invite. Spokane finished 4-1 in the tournament.
Pirates drop opener in New Jersey tourney: Jonah Snyder tied the game for Whitworth with a penalty kick in the 30th minute but Rutgers-Newark knocked off the No. 22-ranked Pirates 3-1 in Ewing, New Jersey.
The Pirates (1-1) face host TCNJ on Sunday before heading to Montclair, New Jersey, to face 14th-ranked Montclair State on Tuesday.
North Idaho at Columbia Basin: Alec Maldonado scored in the 50th minute and the Cardinals (1-2-2, 1-0) beat the Hawks 1-0 in Pasco.
Wenatchee Valley at CCS: Eric Sanchez-Flores scored in the 50th minute to help the Sasquatch (1-2-2, 1-0) top the Knights 1-0 at SFCC.
Whitworth falls to Rocky Mountain: The Pirates were defeated by the Battlin’ Bears 3-1 at Carroll College in Helena.
Rocky Mountain built a 3-0 lead before Whitworth’s Leah Corra scored in the 63rd minute.
Whitworth finishes its Montana road trip on Sunday at Carroll.
North Idaho College crushes Blue Mountain: Sadie Schmeling scored three goals, Meg Lowery added a goal and the Cardinals beat the Timberwolves 9-0 in the Northwest Athletic Conference East Region opener in Pendleton, Oregon.
The Cardinals (3-1) face Treasure Valley in Ontario, Oregon, on Wednesday.
Spokane cruises past Wenatchee Valley: Erica Simpson registered a hat trick and the Sasquatch dominated the Knights 7-2 in an NWAC match at SFCC.
Stephanie Overland added a pair of goals. Spokane (5-0-3, 1-0) plays at Columbia Basin on Thursday.
The Red Deer Rebels scored two goals in both the first and second periods en route to a 4-1 win over the Spokane Chiefs in a WHL preseason game in Kennewick, Washington.
Pavel Kousal scored the Chiefs’ goal 8:18 into the third period.
The loss dropped Spokane’s preseason record to 2-2-1-0. The Chiefs and Tri-City Americans will play their final two games of the preseason in a home-and-home series next Friday and Saturday.
Braves fall to Nelson in KIJHL opener: Spokane’s Paxton Malone scored twice but the Nelson Leafs beat the Braves 6-2 at Eagles Ice-A-Rena.
The Leafs (1-1) broke a 1-1 tie with three goals in the second period – two by Sawyer Hunt.
The Braves play host to Grand Forks on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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