Saturday, October 1, 2005
Sunbirds sweep Westmont
The top-ranked Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds relied upon their trusty Clovis High School connection to sweep the Westmont College Warriors
30-15, 30-18, 30-23 in a Golden State Athletic Conference match in the Special Events Center this afternoon.
Sophomore Marin Shilling (14 kills, .462 attack efficiency, 6 blocks) and freshman Brittany Pierce (13 kills, .478 attack efficiency, 10 digs), both CHS graduates, lead FPU to their 16th win of the season.
FPU built a quick 15-5 lead in Game 1 and never looked back coacting to a 30-15 win.
Head coach Dennis Janzen began clearing his bench in Game 2, but the result was almost identical. The Sunbirds built another 10-point lead (17-7) and coasted to the win.
The Warriors made it interesting in Game 3. A 6-0 Westmont run turned a 12-10 FPU lead to a 16-12 Warrior advantage.
Janzen called a time-out and the Sunbirds responded with their own mini 5-1 run to tie it at 17-17. Shilling was in on four of those points. She accounted for three kills and combined with Allanah Munson on a roof-block.
That silenced the Warriors as FPU poured on a 13-6 run to end the game and match.
Th J chipped in with 10 kills for FPU while libero SW had 11 digs in the back row.
Kristin De Groot (Visalia - Central Valley Christian) led the Warriors (13-5, 5-3) with 12 kills. Kelsey Voetmann added 11 kills. Malinda Reese lead all players with 18 digs.
The win pushed FPU's record to 16-0 overall, including a GSAC-leading 7-0 mark. It also stretched the team's home win streak to 45 matches.
The Sunbirds will be on the road for three matches next week. Tuesday they take a break from GSAC play with a visit to NCAA Division II Cal State Bakersfield (7:00).
Friday the Sunbirds will be in El Cajon to take on San Diego Christian (formerly Christian Heritage College). Saturday FPU will be in Golden Gymnasium to face Point Loma Nazarene.
FPU's next home match will be on Tuesday, October 11 when they host Biola. The first ball will be served at 7:00 p.m.
Westmont: 13-5, 5-3
Fresno Pacific: 16-0, 7-0
Live Audio webcast from the Special Events Center
Livestats from the Special Events Center
This match will be broadcast by KXEX Sporting News Radio AM 1550. Robert Langpaap calls the action, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
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.