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Hankoff keeps the heat on in Arizona

Senior Adrian Hankoff contributed 12 kills as the Washington State University Cougars picked up their first Pac-10 road victory last Friday at Arizona State in Tempe.

The Cougars used 11 blocks and nine services aces, including three by Hankoff, to pull off the road upset over the 19th-ranked Sun Devils.

“We worked real hard on the blocking and it has been showing,” said WSU coach Cindy Fredrick.

However, the 17th-ranked Cougars missed a chance to move into the upper half of the conference standings by blowing a 2-0 lead at 14th-rated Arizona on Saturday.

Despite 15 kills and 19 digs by Hankoff, the Cougars lost 18-30, 14-30, 30-28, 30-16 and 15-13.

In the pivotal fifth game, Hankoff pounded down a pair of kills during a 4-1 rally that propelled the Cougars into a 9-9 tie. But Arizona reeled off four of the next five points to secure the win.

The Cougars (16-7) have a chance to tie fourth-place Washington with a victory Friday in Pullman. The Huskies upset the Cougars earlier in the season, 30-28, 20-30, 30-16 and 30-25. Hankoff had 14 kills in a losing cause.

Alex Romagnolo soccer fans will have a chance to watch the former South Tahoe High defensive stalwart play for the San Diego Toreros on Saturday in San Francisco.

The 15th-ranked Toreros (12-5 overall and 1-3 in the West Coast Conference) play San Francisco at 7 p.m. They’ll return the following weekend to play Saint Marys on Nov. 17.

Last time out, the Toreros lost 3-2 to Gonzaga in double overtime after enjoying a 2-0 halftime edge.

Former South Tahoe High runner Cory Martin finished 62nd in the Big West Conference Championships Nov. 2 in Riverside Calif.

Utah State’s Mitch Zundel won the 8-kilometer men’s race in 24 minutes, 46.5 seconds. Martin, who has been hampered by an injured ankle most of the season, completed the race in 27:38.9.

Martin’s 49ers came in seventh place out of nine teams.

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