ELLENSBURG — Central Washington took care of business with a strong team effort against winless St. Martin’s Saturday at Nicholson Pavilion.
Five different players totaled between seven and nine kills in a 25-15, 25-13, 25-18 win for the Wildcats, who received some votes in the latest Division II Top 25 poll. Gaby Aihara set up the attack with 30 assists and former Naches Valley standout Makala Swart led the defense with 15 digs and a block to complement her eight kills.
Central went the entire second set without committing an error, posting an impressive .500 attack percentage while holding St. Martin’s to a .000 percentage. The Wildcats (3-1 GNAC, 8-4 overall) will head to Alaska next week for tough road tests against Alaska Anchorage and first-place Alaska Fairbanks.
CWU highlights: Bridgette Webb 9 kills, 4 blocks; Gaby Aihara 30 assists, kill, 2 blocks, 7 digs; Julia Mellander 7 kills, 3 blocks; Kyla Morgan 9 digs, 4 assists; Makala Swart 8 kills, 15 digs, 2 blocks; Diana Fa’amausili 8 kills, 2 blocks; Sydney Remsberg 7 assists, 3 digs; Ashley Kaufman 9 kills, 7 digs, block.
Yaks top Blue Mountain
Yakima Valley beat Blue Mountain 1-0 for a deceptively dominant home win.
The Yaks were in total control against a bunker defense, except when it came to scoring. Corynn Vigil finally gave YVC the only goal it needed in a 1-0 win on a day when it outshot the visitors 21-0.
Goalkeeper Mariel Salinas-Duran saved 10 Yaks shots but couldn’t prevent them from ending a scoreless streak of more than 200 minutes. Yakima Valley added former La Salle defender Maddie Britt to a long injured list on Friday and coach Abby Drollinger said Gabby Nguyen suffered what appeared to be a season-ending ACL injury in Saturday’s win.
YVC improved to 3-1 in NWAC East play heading into a home match against Wenatchee Valley next Saturday.
First half: No scoring.
Second half: 1, YVC, Corynn Vigil (Natalie Wright), 62:00.
Saves: Mariel Salinas-Duran (BM) 10; Brynlee Ward (YVC) 0.
Wilmoth-Crimp set pace
Troy Wilmoth and Keith Crimp shot a 3-under-par round of 67 to take the first-round lead on Saturday in the Central Washington Fall Best Ball at SunTides Golf Course.
Gary Hutchins and Brad Donahue are a stroke back at 68.
Gross: 1, Troy Wilmoth-Keith Crimp 67; 2, Gary Hutchins-Brad Donahue 68; 3, Mike Hickok-Chris DeGrazia 69; Aaron Adams-Dan Whitaker 69; Mike Vanwingerten-Matt Vanwingerten 69; Eric Holden-Brad Hanson 69.
Net: 1, Rob Moss-Ron Knight 61; 2, Craig McCloud-Doug Burge 63; 3, Dean Law-Jayson Harmon 64; Terry Speer-Tim Lacy 64; Roy Williams-Rod Johnston 64; Scott Ondras-Tom Reid 64; Dustin Cass-Larry Cramer 64.