Thursday, October 13, 2005
Sunbirds still perfect after sweep of The Master's
Fresno - Freshman Brittany Pierce and senior Deanna Richards teamed up to lead the Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds to a 30-14, 30-16, 30-27 Golden State Athletic Conference sweep of The Master's College Mustangs in the Special Events Center tonight.
Pierce hit a sparkling .611 with 12 kills on 18 swings with only one error. Richards, with 10 kills, was the only other player to reach double figures.
The only drama in the match occurred in Game 3 when the visitors raced to a 6-1 lead. FPU finally caught the Mustangs at 26-26, then out-raced them 4-1 over the final five points to claim the sweep.
Richards drew the start tonight, replacing Thais Julio who rested a sore shoulder.
"It wasn't very pretty there in Game 3," said FPU head coach Dennis Janzen. "But I liked the way we pulled it together and finally finished it."
The Sunbirds improved to 21-0 overall and 11-0 in GSAC play while the Mustangs slipped to 7-13 and 3-9.
FPU will host Vanguard on Saturday evening. The match, part of FPU Homecoming activities this weekend, begins at 7:00 p.m.
This match will be broadcast by KXEX Sporting News Radio AM 1550. Robert Langpaap has the call.
The Master's: 7-13, 3-9 GSAC
Fresno Pacific: 21-0, 11-0 GSAC
FPU leads the series 31-3 and have won the last 12 consecutive matches.
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.