Northwest: Seattle University starts strong in posting impressive volleyball victory
Redhawks put away Nevada in straight sets
PULLMAN – Starting strong, and finishing that way as well, the Seattle University volleyball team blew away Nevada 25-12, 25-16, 25-19 in the Cougar Invitational on Saturday.
The Redhawks (3-12) scored the first five points of the match, and then powered themselves to a 13-2 lead against the Wolf Pack (2-10).
In the second set, Seattle took command with a 10-1 run at one point.
“We came out with a different mentality today, and at times we were unstoppable,” Seattle coach James Finley said.
Iris Ivanis, who had a .435 hitting percentage in the match, notched Seattle’s first double-double of the season, finishing with 12 kills and 11 digs. Alec Goodrie collected six kills and two block assists and was named to the all-tournament team.
• Ellie Britt had 15 kills as Seattle Pacific (5-5, 1-1 Great Northwest) was a 25-16, 25-22, 25-14 winner at Alaska-Fairbanks (2-11, 1-1)
• Gonzaga (4-7, 0-2 West Coast) dropped a 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22) road decision to St. Mary’s (5-4, 2-0). Savannah Blinn had 16 kills on 30 attacks for Gonzaga and Imani Wimbush notched nine kills on 22 swings.
• Kaitlin Quirk had a .579 hitting percentage with 11 kills as Central Washington (5-5, 1-1 GNAC) posted a 25-14, 25-19, 25-20 road victory over Saint Martin’s.
• Junior forward Heather Young scored the lone goal for the second consecutive game with a 33rd-minute strike in a 1-0 Seattle Pacific (5-1, 2-0 GNAC) victory over host Saint Martin’s (1-4, 0-2). The Falcons recorded their fifth consecutive shutout. Natalie Harold had three saves for the winners. Young scored on an assist from Laura Moore.
• Western Washington gave up its first goal of the season, but its defense can maybe take heart that it was an own goal. The Vikings (5-0, 2-0 GNAC) posted a 4-1 victory over host Montana State-Billings (2-1-1, 1-1). Catherine Miles had two goals.
• Central Washington (2-3, 1-1 GNAC) managed just three shots on goal and lost at home, 1-0 to Western Oregon (3-1-2, 1-1). Kayla Lipston had a season-high eight saves for the Wildcats.
• Stephen MacDonald scored the winning goal for the second consecutive game, leading Seattle Pacific (4-1, 2-0 GNAC) to a 1-0 victory over the University of Mary (0-4, 0-2) in Bismarck, N.D.
• Western Washington (3-2-1, 1-0-1 GNAC) goalkeeper Keegan Rogers made six saves and posted his first shutout of the year, but didn’t receive any offensive support as the Vikings finished 0-0 in an overtime tie at Montana State-Billings (0-4-2, 0-1-1).
• Northwest (4-2, 2-0 Cascade) got goals by Do-Hee Kim and Josh Gu errero to post a 2-1 victory over host College of Idaho (1-5, 1-1).
• Gonzaga runners finished fourth in both the men’s and women’s races at the Erik Anderson Invitational in Spokane. Kyle Branch finished the 8,000-meter men’s course in 25:56.49 and Lauren Bergam completed the women’s 6,000-meter course in 21:56.49. Lipscomb won the men’s title with Gonzaga second. Lipscomb also took the women’s title with Gonzaga third. Western Washington placed ninth among the women and 11th among the men. Katelyn Steen was the top Viking, taking 19th among the women in 22:37.29.
• Eastern Washington finished second among the men and seventh among the women at the Montana State Invitational. Chris Schroll was the top finisher for the EWU men, taking 10th in 25.58.
From sports-information reports.