Seattle Pacific women's soccer advances in Division II tournament
Sophomore forward Heather Young scored in Seattle Pacific's 1-0 opening-round victory over No. 6 seed BYU-Hawaii.
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Capping a stretch of four matches in seven days with a showdown at the home of the No. 1 team in the country, the fifth-ranked Husky volleyball team looked as if it was staging a third-straight comeback after winning its past two matches in fifth sets.
But after winning the third set to cut the deficit to 2-1, Washington (20-5, 11-5 Pac-12) gave up a big run in the third set to Stanford (24-2, 16-0), which earned a 25-23, 25-11, 21-25, 25-22 win.
The Cardinal extended its win streak to 22 matches. Leading the way for Washington was freshman Melanie Wade, who showed off for her family, friends and a big group of former high-school teammates from adjacent Palo Alto High School.
Wade matched her season high with nine kills for the second match in a row, and she hit .571, making just one error on 14 swings.
Sophomores Krista Vansant and Kaleigh Nelson each had 10 kills and senior Amanda Gil added seven block assists.
Third-seeded Seattle Pacific defeated No. 6 seed BYU-Hawaii, 1-0, thanks to a goal from sophomore Heather Young in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
SPU advanced to a second-round meeting with host and No. 2 seed UC San Diego.
Third-seeded Seattle Pacific was knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Division II soccer tournament by six-seed Cal State L.A. in a shootout. After a 1-1 tie, Dane Nielsen converted a decisive penalty kick to give Cal State L.A. the 5-4 win in the shootout.
Washington State (12-16, 2-14 Pac-12) lost 3-1 to host California (14-12, 8-8) in set scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-18 and 25-23 at Haas Pavilion.
Cal's Shannon Hawari led the match with 14 kills and a .542 attacking percentage while Kat Brown added nine kills and had a career-high 12 blocks.
• Gonzaga lost 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-22) to visiting Saint Mary's College. With the loss, the Zags fell to 9-17 overall and 1-12 in West Coast Conference play. Saint Mary's improved to 14-10 overall and 9-4 in the WCC.
• Cailin Fellows had 14 kills, Madi Cavell added 11, and Seattle Pacific had four players hit for .400 or better in a three-set Great Northwest Athletic Conference sweep of host Alaska Fairbanks. The Falcons improved to 12-12 overall and 9-6 in GNAC play.
• Eastern Washington dropped a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 28-26) decision at defending Big Sky Champion Northern Colorado. The Eagles fall to 4-24 on the year and 4-13 in Big Sky play, while officially being eliminated from Big Sky tournament contention
• Central Washington recovered from a slow start to defeat host Saint Martin's, three sets to one.
Ballinger Lake Golf Course and its clubhouse is closed, Hardy Golf LLC announced recently. The company notified the City of Mountlake Terrace that it would no longer operate the course as of last Monday, and the city posted a notice Monday morning at the golf course that it was closed.
From sports-information reports.