The Coyotes swept Xavier University of Louisiana 25-18, 25-11, 25-14 on Saturday in the opening round of the NAIA Championships, advancing to the final site for the ninth time in 11 years. The C of I (22-10) won for the 11th straight time at home and improved to 6-1 all-time at home in the opening round. Kylie Porter (Capital High) led the Coyotes with 12 kills, and Katy Robinson added 11 kills and four blocks as the Yotes hit .395 and recorded 11 blocks.
BOISE STATE VOLLEYBALL: The Broncos won their eighth straight match, beating New Mexico 22-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-19 at Bronco Gym. Sierra Nobley led BSU (22-7, 14-3 MW) with 22 kills and 11 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Sarah Baugh added 53 assists. BSU’s 22 wins are the most by the Broncos since the 1990 team went 23-12.
BSU SWIMMING & DIVING: The Broncos took fourth at the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas. Host Texas A&M won.
C OF I MEN’S BASKETBALL: Division II powerhouse Metro State topped the Coyotes 55-45 to win the Domino’s Classic in Caldwell. Joey Nebeker (Melba High) had 16 points to lead the C of I (4-3), which was outrebounded 49-28.
C OF I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Whitman beat the C of I 79-47 in Walla Walla, Wash. Petra Lumpert led the Coyotes (0-4) with 16 points. The C of I also lost to Whitworth 73-58 late Friday in Spokane. Jaycin Tini had 19 points.
C OF I CROSS COUNTRY: The men placed seventh a the NAIA Championships in Charlotte, N.C., for their best finish in program history. Max Hampton (Eagle High) took 14th place in 25 minutes, 1 second in the 8k, earning All-American honors. The women were eighth behind Amy Pfaff’s 26th-place finish (18:07) in the 5k. Pfaff earned All-American honors for the second year. The Oklahoma City men and Northwest Christian women won team titles.
C OF I SWIMMING: The women are third after the first day of the Northwest Invitational in Salem, Ore. Kirby Roberts broke the oldest record in the C of I book, hitting the NAIA “A” cut and placing third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.99). Her time was over three seconds faster than the mark set by Alphonsina Savell at the 2008 NAIA Championships. Mckayla Stevens notched a pair of top-five finishes, taking fifth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:11.62), improving her NAIA “A” standard and breaking the 2013 school record of Logan Gomez by a half second.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders beat Cal State Los Angeles 80-75 in Nampa. Mike Wright led NNU (2-0) with 28 points, one of four Crusaders in double figures.
NNU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders lost to Point Loma 80-67 in San Diego. Lexi Tubbs had 12 points and Raquel Jardine added 11 for NNU (1-3).
IDAHO STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 23 Michigan State handed the Bengals a 79-60 loss in East Lansing, Mich. Anna Policicchio tied her career high with a season-high 17 points for ISU (1-2), which outscored the Spartans 50-49 in the final three quarters.
IDAHO STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Bengals lost to Washington State 85-67 late Friday in Pullman. Ali Faruq-Bey led ISU (2-1) with 19 points.