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Monday, July 31, 2006
FPU prominent at first local ESPYs celebration

Fresno - Fresno Pacific University earned three awards at the inaugural 2006 Central Valley ESPYs hosted by ESPN personality Dan Patrick, July 31 at the Saroyan Theater.

FPU was recognized as the Top College Athletic Program surpassing surrounding California State University, Fresno and Fresno City College. The award was accepted by athletics director Dennis Janzen.

The FPU Women's Tennis received an ESPY for Best Female Team Performance. The Sunbirds capped an amazing inaugural season that included Golden State Athletic Conference (18-0) and NAIA Region II (2-0) championships. The team finished with a 25-2 record and finished as runner up at the NAIA National Championship in Mobile, Alabama.

Jelena Pandzic was awarded an ESPY for Best Female College Athlete. Pandzic a sophomore from Split, Croatia, was a perfect 30-0 in singles matches in 2006. Pandzic, who did not drop a set during all season, was named the Most Outstanding Player at the NAIA National Championship and concluded the year as the top ranked player in the NAIA.

The Central Valley ESPy’s were sponsored by 1430 ESPN Radio and inspired by the ESPN’s national awards. According to Patrick, they are the first regional awards anywhere in the country.

2006 ESPY Photo Gallery here.

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Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.

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