Saturday, October 15, 2005 (Homecoming)
Final: Sunbirds sweep Vanguard, now 22-0
Fresno - The top-ranked Sunbirds made short work of the visiting Vanguard University Lions tonight in the Special Events Center.
FPU needed only 64 minutes to sweep the Lions 30-9, 30-14, 30-25 in Golden State Athletic Conference play before a Homecoming crowd of 410.
Thais Julio, back in the starting lineup after resting a sore shoulder on Thursday night, led the Sunbirds with 11 kills. She was good on 11 of 20 swings with no errors for a .550 attack efficiency.
Marin Shilling was the other Sunbird to reach double figures. She had 10 kills.
Jaclyn Lee led the Lions (18-5, 6-5) with 11 kills.
FPU's Samantha Weatherly lead all back row players with 15 digs.
FPU scored at will in Games 1 and 2. That allowed head coach Dennis Janzen to begin substituting for his starters in Game 1.
The Lions built a seven point lead midway through Game 3 (18-11), but the Sunbirds mounted an 14-4 run to take a 25-22 lead. From there it was an easy sprint to 30 to claim the game and match.
"I thought we played some terrific volleyball in the first two games," said Janzen. "It took us a while to figure it out in the third, but I'm pleased with the way we battled back when we were down."
The Sunbirds, now 22-0 overall and 12-0 in GSAC play, complete a four-game home stand on Tuesday when they host Hope International. The first ball will be served at 7:00 p.m.
Vanguard: 18-5, 6-5 GSAC (5th)
Fresno Pacific: 22-0, 12-0 GSAC (1st)
FPU leads the all-time series with the Lions 50-4... The Sunbirds have won the last 27 matches... The Lions last win came on October 15, 1993 in Costa Mesa when FPU head coach Dennis Janzen was on a study leave and the team was coached by Steve Burmaster.
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.