Western Washington was projected to repeat as Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season champions in women’s soccer, receiving six first-place votes and 62 points in a poll of the conference’s coaches.

Seattle Pacific was picked second, collecting the two remaining first-place tallies.


• Tacoma native Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing retained the yellow jersey and his 20-second lead over Rafal Majka of Tinkoff-Saxo after Stage 4 at the USA Pro Challenge cycling race Thursday in Colorado Springs, Colo. Italian racer Elia Viviani used a powerful surge near the finish to capture the stage.

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• Northwest University beat Montana Western and lost to Great Falls to open its volleyball season in a tournament in Spokane.

• Northwest (1-1-0) lost 3-1 to Biola in Santa Barbara, Calif.

From sports-information and wire reports.