Huskies rally to beat Arizona State in volleyball
A career-best 31 digs from senior libero Jenna Orlandini paved the way for the third-ranked Husky volleyball team to rally from a set down and stop visiting Arizona State in four sets.
Washington (20-1, 12-1 Pac-12) also racked up a huge advantage at the net, blocking 18 Sun Devil swings in the 24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 25-17 win.
Junior Krista Vansant had 17 kills and junior Kaleigh Nelson added 16 for Washington.
Macey Gardner led the Sun Devils (16-10, 5-9) with 18 kills.
• No. 10 Western Washington swept visiting Saint Martin’s University, 25-14, 25-13, 25-22
The three-game victory was the 17th this season for the Vikings (19-3, 12-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference).
• Seattle Pacific’s Madi Cavell had 14 kills and 12 digs, but visiting Central Washington won 25-23, 25-17, 28-26. SPU (12-10, 8-6 GNAC) lost its second straight match.
• David Downs scored a game-high 29 points to lead No. 2 Seattle Pacific to a 72-58 win over Lindenwood on the second day of the Disney Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
Sophomore Brendan Carroll had a career-high 12 points for the Falcons (2-0).
SPU concludes the Classic on Sunday against Texas A&M International.
• Aubree Callen hit a 12-foot jumper from the right of the lane for the last of her 20 points in the last second, lifting Seattle Pacific past host Fresno Pacific in the final game of the West Region Crossover Classic, 56-55.
• Point guard Jenni White had 18 points, five assists and three steals, but No. 6 Western Washington (1-1) saw a second-half lead slip away in a 77-68 overtime loss to Humboldt State University in final-day action at the West Region Crossover Classic in Fresno.
• Tournament MVP Natalie Harold stopped the first two penalty kicks during the shootout, leading Seattle Pacific to a 4-1 tiebreaker victory after battling 10th-ranked Western Washington to a 1-1 tie through two overtimes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer title game at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.
The Falcons (14-5-1) captured their first GNAC Tournament championship, earning an automatic berth into next week’s NCAA Division II Tournament. They extended their streak of playoff appearances to 11 years.
WWU (17-1-1) was the defending tournament titlist and has won the last two regular-season league crowns. The NCAA women’s soccer tournament pairings will be announced Monday at 4:30 p.m.
• Northwest University of Kirkland beat Corban 3-2 in a shootout.
• Both Western Washington University cross-country teams qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships as the men placed fourth and the women fifth at the West Regional at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex in Spokane.
Seattle Pacific’s women qualified for the NCAA championships by finishing fourth.
• Jeff Rose scored midway through the first half and Seattle University (8-8-4, 7-0-3 Western Athletic Conference) completed an unbeaten conference season with a 1-0 victory over visiting San Jose State.
• Danny Olivas and Bryson Pavel each registered a goal and assist, helping Seattle Pacific complete the regular season with a 4-1 GNAC triumph over Saint Martin’s in Lacey.
The Falcons (12-3-3, 10-1-3 GNAC) are a strong candidate to make their third consecutive NCAA Division II tournament appearance. The field will be announced Monday.
• Tye Hastings and Andrew Weishaar each had a goal and an assist as Western Washington (11-4-3 overall, 9-2-3 GNAC) upset No. 2 Simon Fraser 3-0.
Simon Fraser (15-2-1, 11-2-1) had already clinched the conference championship
• Northwest University lost 3-2 in overtime to Corban.
• Seattle U freshman Blaise Wittenauer-Lee won two events and set a Connolly Center Pool record in the 400 IM (4.26.79), but Idaho defeated the Redhawks women 177-85.
From sports-information reports.