DAVIDSON, N.C. — Junior All-American Christal Morrison posted 14 kills on 27 swings to lead the third-ranked Washington volleyball team to a 30-13, 30-17, 30-17 victory over Liberty (Va.), one of two wins Friday at the Davidson College Mizuno Wildcat Classic.
All-American senior setter Courtney Thompson paced UW (4-1) to a .430 hitting percentage and picked up 46 assists.
Stevie Mussie joined Morrison with a double-figure kill night with 13 putaways, while Janine Sandell tallied nine kills on 15 swings and Jessica Swarbrick collected seven kills on 10 hits. Tamari Miyashiro led the defense with 10 digs.
In their first game, the Huskies won 30-20, 30-18, 30-17 over Morehead State.
Washington State (5-1) won its home opener, 30-16, 30-24, 29-30, 30-25, over UNLV on the first day of the Baden Cougar Challenge. Adetokunbo Faleti led WSU with 18 kills and Corina Beyer had 60 assists.
• Seattle University (7-2) defeated Colorado State-Pueblo 3-1 and Adams State College 3-2 at the Days Inn Denver West/CSM Classic in Golden, Colo.
• Alyssa Given recorded 25 kills as Seattle Pacific split a pair of matches at the Hampton Inn Classic in Durango, Colo. The 18th-ranked Falcons (6-2) swept Eastern New Mexico 30-19, 30-23, 30-20 in the morning, then fell to host Fort Lewis 30-22, 30-28, 30-27.
• Gonzaga (1-4) fell 30-17, 30-25, 30-27 to Connecticut in the second match of the Gonzaga Invitational.
• Junior Monica Groves had 39 kills as Puget Sound opened its season with a split in the Puget Sound Invitational in Tacoma. The Loggers fell 3-2 to SUNY-Brockport before bouncing back with a 3-1 win over Whitman.
• Angie Alvord and Jaime Anderson each had match highs of 15 kills and three blocks, helping Western Washington defeat Armstrong Atlantic State 30-20, 28-30, 30-23, 30-21, to gain a split at the Grand Canyon University Cactus Classic in Phoenix. The Vikings (3-4) were swept by Barry University 30-27, 30-20, 33-31 in an earlier match.
• Central Washington (7-1) won its first two matches at the Baden Invitational in West Haven, Conn., downing Millersville (Pa.) 30-18, 30-19, 32-30, and Georgian Court (N.J.) 30-11, 30-16, 30-21.
• Saint Martin's (0-2) was swept by host Hawaii Pacific, 36-34, 30-26, 31-29.
• Eastern Washington (6-1) won twice in the St. Peter's Tournament in Jersey City, N.J., beating St. Francis 30-11, 30-10, 30-10, and host St. Peter's 30-26, 30-12, 30-13.
Track and field
Washington State freshman Dan Geib, running unattached, won the men's 4-mile race, and freshman Chelsea VanDeBrake, also running unattached, placed second in the women's 4k race at the Idaho Jamboree Cross Country Meet in Moscow.
• The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Portland Winter Hawks 11-1 in their preseason opener at the Everett Events Center. Bretton Stamler led the way with two goals and two assists. The host Silvertips fell 2-1 to the Vancouver Giants, with Tyler Eskesen scoring for Everett.
• Several local swimmers were named to teams that will represent the United States at three international competitions in 2007. Megan Jendrick of Puyallup (200 breaststroke), Tara Kirk of Bremerton (200 breast) and Ariana Kukors of Auburn (400 individual medley) will compete in the FINA world championships, March 25-April 1 in Melbourne, Australia; Emily Kukors of Auburn (200 IM) will compete in the Pan American Games, July 17-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Emily Silver of Bainbridge Island (400 freestyle relay) will compete in the World University Games, Aug. 8-13 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.