Saturday, November 5, 2005
Sunbirds sweep Westmont, claim share of GSAC crown
Box score (30-25, 30-19, 30-15)
Santa Barbara - It took the Sunbirds just 75 minutes to claim at least a share of the 2005 Golden State Athletic Conference title.
FPU's 30-25, 30-19, 30-15 sweep of the host Westmont College Warriors guarantees the Sunbirds their sixth consecutive, and 12th overall, GSAC title. With two matches to play FPU (18-0) has a two-victory lead over second-place California Baptist (16-2).
Freshman Thais Julio's 14 kills lead a balanced attack for the top-ranked Sunbirds, who ran their season record to 28-0.
Julie De Jager, filling in for Marin Shilling, had nine kills and four blocks while Lira Xavier and Brittany Pierce chipped in with eight kills each. Lorena Zuleta added seven kills and three solo blocks.
Freshman setter Shu Liu turned in another sparking performance with a near triple-double. Liu had 39 assists, 11 digs, nine kills, was in on two blocks and added a service ace. She was 9 of 11 with only one error for a .727 attack efficiency.
Senior libero Samantha Weatherly matched Liu's dig total with 11.
Kelsey Voetmann lead the Warriors (16-12, 8-10) with 14 kills.
The Sunbirds complete a three-match road stretch on Tuesday in Turlock when they take on Cal State Stanislaus (7:00). FPU returns to GSAC action on Friday, November 11, when they host the Point Loma Nazarene University Seas Lions (7:00). Saturday, November 12, the Sunbirds host San Diego Christian (formerly Christian Heritage College) at 3:00 in the regular season finale.
The Region 2 Championship Tournament begins Tuesday, November 15, with the quarterfinals and follows on November 18 and 19.
The NAIA National Championship, November 30 to December 3, will be in San Diego, hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University.
Westmont: 16-12, 8-10 GSAC
Fresno Pacific: 28-0, 18-0 GSAC
FPU leads the all-time series 45-16... the Warriors last win was September 10, 1994 during the 7th Holiday Inn Invitational in the Special Events Center... since then the Sunbirds have reeled off 29 consecutive wins over the Warriors.
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.