Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Final: Sunbirds sweep Cal State Bakersfield
The Sunbirds needed just 73 minutes to pick up their 14th win of the season, a 30-27, 30-25, 30-21 sweep of the Cal State University Roadrunners tonight in the Special Events Center.
FPU started slow, spotting the visitors a 5-point 17-12 lead midway through Game 1. That forced Sunbirds head coach Dennis Janzen to call a time-out.
Whatever Janzen said his team took to heart. FPU caught the Roadrunners at 24-24, then out-sprinted their guests over the final six points to steal Game One 30-27.
Game Two was tight early, tied seven times and the score was only 14-14. FPU lead by as many as three points, but the Roadrunners made it interesting. A Lindsey Kramer kill closed the gap to two points, 27-25 FPU, but FPU closed it with a kill by Lorena Zuleta and two more by Thais Julio.
Game Three was ragged. FPU built an early 14-7 lead allowing Janzen to clear his bench.
"They made some unforced errors in Game One," said CSUB coach John Price. "That really helped us, but we had some easy opportunities and didn't make the plays. That killed us. They passed better in Game Two and got things rolling."
Julio, the Golden State Athletic Conference and NAIA Region 2 Player of the Week, lead a balanced FPU attack with 16 kills and hit .312 on the night. Brittany Pierce added 10 kills while Marin Shilling, Lira Xavier, and Zuleta chipped in with nine kills each.
Sarah Norman lead the Roadrunners (10-4) with 11 kills. Morgan Reed was next with nine. Kramer finished with five.
"We started slow," said Janzen "But we finally figured it out and got it going. I liked the way we were balanced tonight . Shu (Liu) did a nice job in spreading it around."
The Sunbirds (14-0) return to GSAC action on Thursday when they travel to Santa Clarita to take on The Master's College Mustangs.
Livestats from the Special Events Center
Live Audio webcast from the Special Events Center
This match will be broadcast by KXEX Sporting News Radio AM 1550. Robert Langpaap calls the action, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Updated Records (Rank)
CSU Bakersfield: 10-4 (NCAA Div. II #27)
Fresno Pacific: 14-0 (NAIA #1)
Updated Series Record
Overall - Roadrunners lead 18-12
Streak - FPU swept the home-and-home series last season... FPU has now won eight of the last nine 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.