Led by tournament MVP Krista Vansant, Washington improved to 3-0 this season with a pair of three-game sweeps in the Northwest Challenge tournament.

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Washington’s 14th-ranked Huskies improved to 3-0 this season with a pair of three-game sweeps on Saturday in the Northwest Challenge tournament at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Behind tournament MVP Krista Vansant, the UW beat Gonzaga 25-21, 25-17, 25-20, and handled Portland State 25-19, 25-18, 25-16.

“The important thing is we got a lot of information,” UW coach Jim McLaughlin said of his team’s opening weekend of play. “There are some good battles going on, and the cream’s going to rise. People are going to change over the course of the year for the better. We’re going to give them all opportunities to train, and then we’ve got to pick a team in the next three weeks.”

Fast starts helped the Huskies against Gonzaga. An 11-1 run helped them take a 19-11 lead in the first game, and Washington jumped to an 18-8 lead in Game 2. Vansant had 14 kills and Katy Beals and Jenni Nogueras each had 17 assists for the Huskies.

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Against Portland State, Vansant had 11 more kills, as did teammate Gabbi Parker. Nogueras added 19 assists.

Husky seniors Kylin Munoz and Amanda Gil joined Vansant on the all-tournament team.

In another match, Boise State beat Gonzaga 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.

Washington faces a big nonconference test on Friday at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La. The Huskies will face ninth-ranked Purdue and host LSU.

Amateur led

by 16-year-old

POST FALLS, Idaho — Derek Bayley, a 16-year-old from Rathdrum, Idaho, shot a 2-under 71 at The Links Golf Course for the first-round men’s lead in the Pacific Northwest Amateur Public Links Championship.

In the Senior Men’s tournament, Seattle’s Larry Daniels and defending champ Bob Christensen of Post Falls shared the lead at 2-under 71.

The women’s leader was Cheyenne Hickle of Eugene, Ore., at 2-under 71. She was one stroke ahead of DuPont’s Cherokee Kim, who shot 72 with a 4-under 33 on the front nine.

McGuire on U.S.

baseball team

Reese McGuire of Kentwood High School is playing for the 18U national team in Taiwan against the Chinese Taipei nationals this weekend.

The senior catcher already has committed to the University of San Diego after this school year. The U.S. team will be in Seoul, South Korea, for the 18U World Championships beginning Thursday.


• Washington State lost to University of Pacific 25-21, 25-14, 25-16, and fell to host Idaho 25-19, 21-25, 20-25, 28-26, 15-13 at the Idaho Nike Invitational in Moscow. WSU’s Jaicee Harris, named to the all-tournament team, had a career-high 27 kills against the Vandals and 11 more against Pacific.

• In Laramie, Wyo., Seattle University and Eastern Washington each lost twice at the UniWyo Wyoming Invitational.

Seattle lost to San Francisco, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-18, and fell to host Wyoming 25-19, 25-14, 25-27, 25-23. The Redhawks’ Kaytlyn Dill was named to the all-tournament team after compiling 55 kills and five blocks in four matches.

Eastern Washington lost 26-24, 25-21, 25-16 to Presbyterian, and 25-17, 25-14, 25-15 to Wyoming. Ashley Wright had a combined 37 assists for the Eagles.

• Northwest University came from behind in the fifth set to defeat Carroll College of Montana, 25-19, 17-25, 25-10, 21-25, 16-14 at the Cascade-Frontier Challenge in Spokane. Breanna Covey led the Eagles with 16 kills. Northwest later lost to the University of Great Falls, 25-20, 25-21, 21-24, 25-20.

From sports-information reports.

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