Friday, November 11, 2005
Final - Sunbirds sweep Point Loma Nazarene
Box score (30-13, 30-22, 30-21)
Fresno - The Sunbirds needed only 70 minutes to sweep the visiting Point Loma Nazarene University Seas Lions __ tonight in Golden State Athletic Conference play in the Special Events Center.
With the win the Sunbirds claimed the GSAC title outright- their sixth in a row and 12 overall. The win also guarantees the Sunbirds the top seed for the Region 2 playoffs which begin Tuesday.
FPU dominated net play out-hitting the visitors .3655 to .067 and out-blocking them 13 to 2.
Freshman Thais Julio led the Sunbirds, now 30-0 overall and 19-0 in GSAC play, with 12 kills and one solo and six block assists. Lira Xavier added nine kills and 11 digs. Marin Shilling had seven kills and was in on six blocks. Setter Shu Liu recorded 41 assists , seven digs and five kills. Libero Samantha Weatherly led all players with 17 digs.
Kate Alderson led the 24th-ranked Sea Lions (18-12, 9-10) with 11 kills.
The Sunbirds will close out the regular season tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. when they host the San Diego Christian College Hawks (formerly Christian Heritage College). FPU will honor seniors seniors Gera Bahr, Shailey Jones, Deanna Richards, Samantha Weatherly, Lira Xavier, and Lorena Zuleta prior to the start of the match.
#24 Point Loma Nazarene: 18-12, 9-10
#1 Fresno Pacific: 30-0, 19-0
FPU holds a 47-12 advantage and have now won the last five contests.
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.