Tuesday August 30, 2005
Sunbirds sweep Fresno State in exhibition match
It was 15 years in the making, but over in just 71 minutes.
The Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds used a balanced attack to sweep the Fresno State Bulldogs 30-21, 30-28, 30-8 an exhibition match in the Special Events Center this evening.
Lorena Zuleta led a balanced FPU attack with nine kills and added four blocks Thais Julio and Lira Xavier added eight kills a piece, while Marin Shilling chipped in with six kills five blocks. Julio matched Shilling with five blocks.
Freshman setter Shu Liu made her first appearance of the season after being cleared late Monday. Liu made her presence known with 29 assists, four kills, four digs and a pair of service aces.
"I thought we were ready to play and played well," said a satisfied FPU head coach Dennis Janzen. "I was pleased with our aggressive serving and our play at the net."
It was the first time the two schools had faced each other in the Fall season and occurred before a standing room only crowd of 1,500. A few fans turned away at the door watched the game on a monitor provided Comcast TV Cable 14 who broadcast the game.
The Sunbirds will be in Irvine this weekend for the Concordia University Labor Day Invitational tournament. FPU plays Texas Wesleyan (11:00a) and Holy Names (4:00) on Friday and Redlands (9:00a) and Lindsey Wilson (3:00) on Saturday.
Tonight's game is being televised on tape delay by Comcast TV Cable 14. Broadcast times are:
Wednesday, August 30, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, September 2, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 3, noon and 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 4, noon and 8:30 PM
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.