Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - GSAC Match #4
#1 Sunbirds sweep #5 Azusa Pacific
Fresno - Lira Xavier and Thais Julio each supplied 13 kills to power the top-ranked Sunbirds to a 73-minute 30-15, 30-26, 30-20 sweep of the Azusa Pacific University Cougars tonight in Golden State Athletic Conference action.
The match was played before a crowd of 300 in the Special Events Center.
Xavier, who hit an even .500 on the night, also contributed six digs and five blocks. Brittany Pierce added 11 kills. Piece and Samantha Weatherly led FPU's defense with nine digs each.
Chelsea Morgan led the Cougars with nine kills. Brittany Brown had a match-high 13 digs.
The Sunbirds improved to 12-0, 4-0 in GSAC, with the win, while the 5th-ranked Cougars fell to 11-3, 3-2 in GSAC.
Next up for the Sunbirds is a long anticipated date with California Baptist this Saturday at 3:00. The Lancers (13-1, 5-0) are the defending NAIA National Champion.
Saturday's match will be broadcast by KXEX Sporting News Radio AM 1550. Robert Langpaap calls the action, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Updated Records (NAIA Rank)
Azusa Pacific (#5): 11-3, 3-2 GSAC
Fresno Pacific (#1): 12-0, 4-0 GSAC
Updated Series Record
Overall - FPU leads 49-9
GSAC - FPU leads 37-1
Streak - FPU's last loss to the Cougars was on September 17, 1994 in the Special Events Center... since then the Sunbirds have reeled off 28 consecutive victories over the Cougars.
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.