Libero Candace Lee registered 35 digs and setter Courtney Thompson had 51 assists as No. 2 Washington swept No. 15 USC 3-0 Friday night...
LOS ANGELES — Libero Candace Lee registered 35 digs and setter Courtney Thompson had 51 assists as No. 2 Washington swept No. 15 USC 3-0 Friday night in Pac-10 volleyball action. In winning 30-21, 30-23, 3-19, Washington handed USC its first loss at home this season in eight matches.
Washington remained perfect this season, improving to 23-0 and 14-0 in the Pac-10, while USC, which had won nine of its 10 matches entering Friday, fell to 13-8, 9-4.
The Huskies jumped out early in Game 1 after a 6-5 lead with a 7-1 run. Two kills by Christal Morrison and a service ace by Ashley Aratani paved the way for Washington. USC held tough in the second game, but again another 7-1 run by the Huskies did the damage for a 2-0 lead.
In the third game, Washington scored the hat trick with another 7-1 run early to take a 17-10 lead.
Whitworth’s Natalie Danielson had a match-high 25 kills and six blocks to lead the Pirates past Linfield 30-25, 27-30, 30-27, 30-26 in a NCAA Division III West Region semifinal in Spokane. Whitworth (22-3) advances to play top seed La Verne in tonight’s regional final. La Verne defeated Cal State East Bay 3-0 in the first semifinal.
• Gonzaga (10-18, 2-9 West Coast Conference) was swept by Saint Mary’s (16-7, 7-4), 30-25, 30-17, 30-16, in Moraga, Calif., splitting the season series.
• Three players have signed letters of intent to play for Gonzaga next season: Layne Brosky of Bakersfield, Calif.; Caitlin Cozad of Hermiston, Ore.; and Emily Johnson of Los Angeles.
• Whitworth had two players named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII team: Bekah Hornor (3.82 grade-point average, biology) and Brittney Bower (3.75, chemistry).
The 20th-ranked Washington women defeated in-state rival Washington State, 149-113. The Huskies won 11 of 14 events to move to 10-2 on the season, while the Cougars fell to 2-2.
The 200 medley relay team of Sharon Olson, Caitlyn Shortt, Maggie Bever and Brittany Epperson got off to a quick start for the Huskies in the first event of the evening, finishing first with a season-best time of 1 minute, 45.25 seconds.
Freshman Kim Jasmer led all Huskies with three individual first-place finishes, including victories in the 200 freestyle (1:51.65), 200 butterfly (2:08.59) and 500 freestyle (4:53.82). Her NCAA B-cut qualifying time in the 500 freestyle was good enough to be a season best and the fifth-fastest time in UW history.
• Fifth-ranked Seattle Pacific (14-2-3) will open the NCAA Division II Far West Regional today against No. 20 Sonoma State (12-8-2) in Carson, Calif. The winner advances to meet host Cal State Dominguez Hills (16-4-2) Monday.
The 18th-ranked Gonzaga team saw its record-setting season come to an end in the first round of the NCAA College Cup tournament with a 1-0 loss to USC (13-5-2) in Fullerton, Calif. The Bulldogs finished their season with a program-best 12-4-4 record.
The 16th-ranked Trojans scored the game’s lone goal in the 48th minute when Leah Gallegos headed the ball past Bulldogs senior goalkeeper Ashley Haugen.
• Second-ranked Seattle Pacific (18-0-3) will take on No. 13 UC San Diego at 1 p.m. today at Interbay Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
Robert Hicks scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting to lead Central Washington to a 129-102 exhibition victory over Team AnotherLevel in Ellensburg.
Keisha Moore had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Adriane Ferguson had 14 points as Washington State defeated Lewis & Clark 65-57 in an exhibition game in Pullman.
• Sara Mosimon, a 5-foot-9 guard from Kings High School and MVP of last season’s Class 2A state tournament, is among three players who have signed letters of intent with the University of Washington women’s basketball team, Huskies coach June Daugherty announced this week.
Also signed were Laura McLellan, a 6-foot-2 post from Leigh High in Campbell, Calif., and Sami Whitcomb, a 5-10 guard from Buena High in Ventura, Calif.
• Cristina Payne, a Seattle Prep graduate, was named to the All-Florida Sun Conference volleyball team. Payne is a freshman at the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design.
• Stephanie Davison, a two-time 4A tennis champion from South Kitsap (Port Orchard), has signed a letter of intent to play at University of Texas.
• Five Whitworth College football players were selected to the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII team: OL Jon Erlenmeyer (3.47, applied physics); OL Steve Honeyman (3.96, economics and international business); WR Nick Kuntz (3.86, biology); NT Austin Richard (3.35, secondary education); and LB Nick Portrey (3.53, international business).
Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources. Times correspondent J.R. Rardon contributed to this report.