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Central Washington picked up another win before falling to a top five opponent Saturday in Topeka, Kan.

The Wildcats began by winning their second straight match at the Washburn Invitational, knocking off Emporia State 25-13, 23-25, 25-18, 26-24. A few hours later, CWU fell to the hosts, No. 4 Washburn, 20-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-21.

Ashley Kaufman led the way for Central with 13 kills in both matches and Lexi Schamadan added 21 for the day. Senior Gaby Aihara contributed 69 assists and Kyla Morgan came up with a team-high 46 digs.

Central opened the day by holding Emporia State to a -.065 hitting percentage, totaling four blocks. The defense remained solid against Washburn, even holding the Ichabods to a .130 hitting percentage while winning the second set.

The Wildcats will head to Los Angeles next week for the West Region Showcase, beginning with matches against Cal State East Bay and Cal State LA next Thursday.

YVC goes 1-1 at Highline

Yakima Valley snapped an eight-game losing streak before falling to Pierce County 2-0 on Saturday at the Highline Fall Classic in Des Moines.

Shaydee Afoa led the Yaks with six kills and added five digs in the 25-14, 25-17 loss to Pierce County. Scores and stats from a 2-0 win over Skagit Valley were not available.

The tournament will conclude tomorrow when YVC faces Chemeketa before entering bracket play.


Central drops road match

Central Washington fell 1-0 for its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon at Cal State Marcos.

The Wildcats gave up a goal in the 23rd minute to Hannah Arcala and finished with only five shots, including a breakaway for Makinzie Packwood. They’ll return to action next Thursday against Cal State East Bay in Nampa, Idaho.


Hagen lowers own mark

Yakima ultrarunner Jeff Hagen beat his own 48-hour American age group record by 12 miles last month in Milwaukee.

The 72-year-old ran 661 laps around a 443-meter track, logging more than 182 miles in two days during the 6 Days in the Dome competition at Pettit National Ice Center. He placed fourth overall and now ranks second all-time internationally for 70-74-year-olds, behind Bulgaria’s Radi Miley.

Hagen’s wife, Joyce Hagen, provided valuable support during his race.