Lauren Albertson and Lisa Shilling delivered clutch performances when it got unexpectedly tense for top-ranked Fresno Pacific, as the Sunbirds remained unbeaten by rallying Tuesday night from down two sets to score a 3-2 nonconference volleyball win at Cal State Bakersfield.
Albertson, a freshman from Clovis West High, had nine kills, no errors, a .643 hitting percentage and nine blocks, and Shilling, a junior from Clovis, added 11 kills as Fresno Pacific (21-0) rallied for the 19-25, 29-31, 25-22, 25-16, 15-4 decision.
Albertson closed the final set with three straight kills. And yet another local product, junior Mariah Mandelbaum of Clovis West, finished with 20 digs.
Martina Gregusova and Michelle Johnson offered 16 and 15 kills, respectively, for the Sunbirds, who averted a sweep by scoring the final five points of the third set against the Roadrunners (10-12).
"It's a great feeling any time you can come back and win like this," coach Dennis Janzen said. "We learned a lot about what we can do as a team."
The Sunbirds will return home Friday to play Point Loma Nazarene at 7 p.m.
Bulldogs women hang on to third at golf tourney
Fresno State shot a second-round 297 to remain third at the New Mexico State-hosted Price Collegiate women's golf tournament in Las Cruces, N.M.
Hali Coppin, Lindi Covarrubias and Louisa Lies are tied for 11th at 147 to lead the Bulldogs, who for the second straight day established a new season-low total for a round.
Fresno State has a 595 total, 12 behind tournament leader Idaho and 11 in back of UC Irvine at the par 72, 6,319-yard New Mexico State course.
Lies posted the Bulldogs' best second-round score of 71. She played the par 5s at 3 under, including an eagle on No. 4. She also only had 30 putts on the round.
"Louisa was really striking the ball well today," coach Angie Cates-Moore said. "Even when she got in trouble, she hit some miraculous shots. Overall, she hit some outstanding golf shots today. Hali played well today, too. She's capable of making a lot of birdies."
The final round is today, with the Bulldogs paired with Baylor and Arizona beginning at 7:30 a,m.
"We have played very solid golf the last two days and hopefully we have one more good round in us," Cates-Moore said.
"We'd love nothing better than to have a great round in our last tournament this fall."
Rain cancels final round for Fresno State men
The Fresno State men's golf team finished fifth at Cal's 15-team Alister MacKenzie Invitational when rain washed out the final round at the Meadow Club in Fairfax.
Bhavik Patel was the top Bulldog at 71-66--137, good for a share of eighth. Grant Doverspike tied for 13th at 67-71--138.
The host Golden Bears won the title at 23 under, five strokes ahead of Oregon. Cal's Stephen Hale was the individual champ at 10-under 132.
Colorado (-13), Oregon State (-12), Fresno State (-11) and defending champion San Diego State (-9) rounded out the top six.
Sunbirds shuffle soccer start times for today
Fresno Pacific has moved its rained out women's soccer match to today, rescheduling it as part of a home doubleheader with the men's game.
Both teams face Golden State Athletic Conference foe Westmont, with the women (7-3. 2-2) facing the Warriors (4-4-1, 2-2) at 3 p.m. and the men (5-4-1, 1-2-1) playing at 5.
The men's match against Westmont (4-4, 2-2) had been scheduled for a 7 p.m. start today.
Fresno City climbs to 14th in JC volleyball rankings
A five-match win streak that includes a 4-0 start in Central Valley Conference play has Fresno City up to 14th in the California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
The Rams (12-4 overall) host Reedley at 7 p.m. today.
Porterville, another CVC team, is No. 23. El Camino of the South Coast Conference remains No. 1.
Rams, COS to play today
Fresno City moved its women's soccer game against CVC rival College of the Sequoias to today because of the weather.
The match remains set for a 4 p.m. start in Fresno.
Fresno City (8-1-4, 2-0) is coming off a 10-0 win over West Hills-Lemoore and COS (1-4-2, 0-1) off a 7-0 loss to Taft.
- Esmeralda Garcia scored three goals to power West Hills-Lemoore past Hancock 5-1 in a nonleague women's match.
- Andres Lopez scored as West Hills-Lemoore edged Modesto 2-1 in a nonleague men's match.