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Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - NAIA Region 2 Quarterfinal Sunbirds make short work of Menlo

Box score

Fresno - The Sunbirds needed only 60 minutes to sweep the visiting Menlo College Oaks 30-12, 30-18, 30-15 in an NAIA Region 2 quarterfinal in the Special Events Center before a sparse crowd of 125.

FPU wasted no time roaring to a 6-1 lead in Game 1. That prompted a Menlo time out. It had little effect as FPU pushed the lead to 13-3 forcing a second Oaks time out.

The only glitch in the evening came early in Game 2 when the Oaks built an early 3-point lead (7-4). It did not last long as FPU responded with a 10-2 run to make it 14-9 FPU. From there the Sunbirds put it on cruise control.

Lorena Zuleta (11 kills, 5 blocks) and Thais Julio (10 kills, 3 digs) lead FPU, who, as a team out-hit the Oaks .429 to -.032.

Freshman setter Shu Liu sparkled with six kills on seven swings, 32 assists four digs and a couple of service aces. Senior libero Samantha Weatherly led FPU's back row with 10 digs.

Malia Pires led the Oaks with six kills while Christia Hewett had 10 digs.

FPU's head coach Dennis Janzen liked what he saw.

"When you reach the postseason you want to on and off the floor as quickly as you can," said Janzen. "We were able to get everybody into the match and still do that tonight. We won the serve/pass game and at times were dominant. I am real pleased with how the entire team played."

The win insures that the Sunbirds will host the Region 2 championship this weekend. FPU will face the Biola/Point Loma Nazarene winner at 7:00 p.m. Friday in one semifinal.

The California Baptist /Vanguard winner will face the Concordia/Azusa Pacific winner Friday at 4:00 p.m. The championship is set for 7:00 p.m. Saturday. If a third place match is ordered by the NAIA National Selection Committee, it would be played Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

The champion earns the Region 2 automatic berth into the 20-team National Championship field.

Golden State Athletic Conference member Point Loma Nazarene of San Diego will again host the National Championship. All matches will be played in Golden Gymnasium, November 30 through December 3.

Updated Records
Menlo: 18-7
Fresno Pacific: 32-0, (1-0 postseason)

NAIA REGION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP 
Quarterfinals - Tuesday, November 15, 2005
#4 Pt Loma Naz d. #5 Biola 30-25, 26-30, 30-22, 30-26 Webcast
#3 Azusa Pacific d. #6 Concordia 24-30, 30-15, 30-23, 30-26 Webcast
#2 Cal Baptist d. #7 Vanguard 30-26, 27-30, 30-25, 30-17 Webcast
#1 Fresno Pacific d. #8 Menlo 30-12, 30-18, 30-15
Semifinals - Friday, November 18, 2005 - Fresno
#2 California Baptist (27-3) vs. #3 Azusa Pacific (24-7) 4:00 p.m.
#1 Fresno Pacific (32-0) vs. #4 Point Loma Nazarene (20-12) 7:00 p.m.
Championship - Saturday, November 19, 2005 - Fresno

Livestats - Volleyball from the Special Events Center

Live Audio webcast from the Special Events Center
Robert Langpaap has the call beginning 10 minutes before game-time

Radio
This match will be broadcast by KXEX Sporting News Radio AM 1550. Robert Langpaap has the call.

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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.

2005 FPU vs.
W-L
Rec
BELLEVUE, NE
OREGON TECH
CORNERSTONE, MI
NOTRE DAME
FRESNO STATE
Texas Wesleyan
Holy Names
Redlands
Lindsey Wilson, KY
@ Biola *
ALUMNI
@ Hope International *
CONCORDIA *
AZUSA PACIFIC *
@ Californnia Baptist *
CSU BAKERSFIELD
@ The Master's *
WESTMONT *
@ CSU Bakersfield
@ San Diego Christian *
@ Pt Loma Nazarene *
BIOLA *
THE MASTER'S *
VANGUARD *
HOPE INTERNATIONAL *
@ Concordia *
@ Azusa Pacific *
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST *
@ Vanguard
@ Westmont *
@ CSU Stanislaus
PT LOMA NAZARENE *
SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN *
NAIA Region 2 Championship
MENLO
PT LOMA NAZARENE
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
NAIA National Championship
#17Albertson, Idaho
#16 Lee, Tennessee
#9 Houston Baptist, Texas
#8 Gerorgetown, Kentucky
#2 California Baptist
Bold CAPS = Home contests
* Golden State Athletic Confernece match

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