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Washington again beats Canada in volleyball

On consecutive nights, Huskies take three out four sets

Seattle Times staff

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For the second consecutive night, the Washington women’s volleyball team needed four sets to beat the Canadian National Team.

Saturday, in their own arena, the Huskies were 24-26, 25-20, 25-16, 25-21 winners. Friday, at KeyArena, the Huskies took a 3-1 decision over the Canadians.

For the Huskies, Krista Vansant had a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs.


• Arizona State (6-0) lived up to its record with a 25-23, 28-26, 25-16 victory over Gonzaga (2-4) in the title game of the Gonzaga Tournament in Spokane. Meredith Crenshaw (12 kills) and Savannah Blinn (13 kills) led the Bulldogs. Earlier, Gonzaga posted a 25-15, 25-22, 25-17 victory over Seattle University (2-6), which also lost 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 to UNLV (3-3).

Washington State kept its record perfect at 7-0 with a 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 victory over South Dakota (5-3) to win its own Cougar Challenge Tournament. WSU’s Ver’Leea Hardaway was named the MVP and Jaicee Harris made the all-tournament team. Earlier, WSU was a 25-16, 25-19, 26-28, 25-11 winner over Montana (1-5).

Samantha Hutchinson had a match-high 20 digs as Western Washington (4-0) was a 25-16, 25-16, 25-11 winner over Metro State at the Western Oregon Invitational in Monmouth, Ore.

• After winning a big comeback to make the final of the Coyote Classic in San Bernardino, Calif., Seattle Pacific (2-2) dropped a 25-11, 25-15, 25-21 decision to UC San Diego. Earlier, Madi Cavell (18 kills, 11 digs) and Ellie Britt (16 kills, 12 digs) lifted the Falcons over Cal State San Bernardino, 9-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-11.

Emmy Dolan had 28 kills on the day as Central Washington (2-2) split two matches at the Coyote Classic. The Wildcats were 25-22, 27-25, 20-25, 25-16 winners over Cal Poly Pomona (0-3 ) before falling 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 to Sonoma State (3-1).

• Eastern Washington (3-4), behind double-doubles from Lindsay Niemeier (34 assists, 10 digs) and Melissa Waelter (14 kills, 15 digs) topped 5-4 Texas Tech 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-11 at the Cougar Challenge in Pullman.

• Concordia (7-2, 2-0 Cascade) never trailed in the three sets in beating host Northwest (5-6, 1-1) 25-17, 25-21, 25-20.


Justin Walmsley’s header in front of a crowded net was the difference as Chico State (2-0) spoiled the season opener for the Seattle Pacific men by a 1-0 score.

• Seattle Pacific improved to 1-1 with a 3-0 women’s victory at Point Loma Nazarene (0-2) in San Diego as Alexa Diaz set up Laura Moore for an early score, then added a late goal of her own.

• A goal by Rocky Mountain (4-1) in the 83rd minute spelled a 3-2 defeat for Northwest University women (1-5) in Spokane.

• With barely more than a minute left, Jessica Burtucci broke the deadlock with a goal as the Western Washington women opened with a 1-0 road victory at UC San Diego (1-1).

•New Mexico Highlands (1-0-1), at home, posted a 1-0 victory over the Central Washington women (0-2).


McKayla Fricker and the Seattle Pacific women posted victories in the Alaska Cross Country Invitational in Fairbanks. Fricker finished the 4,000-meter course in 15:09.0. In the men’s team race, SPU finished third.

• Western Washington took the men’s and women’s team titles at the Central Washington Invitational in Yakima. For the women, freshman Lillianna Stelling took top honors with a 15:48.0 for 4,000 meters.

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