ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Makala Swart had 19 kills, leading another big night for Central Washington hitters, but the Wildcats couldn't overcome an early deficit and lost to Northwest Nazarene in a GNAC volleyball match Tuesday at Nicholson Pavilion.
CWU lost the first two sets before rallying, only to see the Crusaders bounce back and claim the final set in their 25-22, 26-24, 9-25, 27-29, 15-11 victory.
Along with Swart, three other Wildcats hit double-digits in kills — Bridgette Webb (12), Diana Fa'amausili (11) and Ashley Kaufman — but it wasn't enough for the Wildcats (3-4 GNAC, 8-7 overall) to avoid a third straight loss and second straight five-set defeat.
Gaby Aihara finished with 33 assists, and Sydney Remsberg had 27 assists and 13 digs for Central.
CWU highlights: Makala Swart 19 kills, 9 digs; Bridgette Webb 12 kills; Diana Fa'amausili 11 kills, 8 digs; Ashley Kaufman 11 kills, 17 digs; Lexi Schamadan 8 kills; Julia Mellander 7 kills; Kyla Morgan 27 digs; Sydney Remsberg 27 assists, 13 digs; Gaby Aihara 33 assists, 6 digs.
YPAL's Murphy beaten in Columbus
YPAL boxer Andrew Murphy lost his first bout by decision to Famous Wilson at the Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Open.
Murphy had earned the tournament's No. 4 seed and will have one more opportunity to qualify for the US Olympic Trials at the Last Chance Qualifier in Oxnard, Calif. in November.