Concordia put a damper on Fresno Pacific's rapid rise back up the NAIA volleyball rankings Saturday with a three-set sweep in a battle of top 10 powers before a crowd of 427 at the Special Events Center.
The No. 3 Eagles downed the No. 6 Sunbirds 25-22, 25-18, 25-18 in a Golden State Athletic Conference showdown for their first victory ever in Fresno.
Concordia (17-1, 6-0) snapped Fresno Pacific's nine-match winning streak, and extended its own to 16. The fourth-time defending NAIA champion Sunbirds (9-4) dropped to 5-1 in conference.
All-American Martina Gregusova paced Fresno Pacific with 12 kills, 14 digs and five blocks. Jessie Alcorn had 10 kills and Emily Carroll 29 assists.
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Islas' goal wins it for Fresno Pacific
Paul Islas scored in overtime to give Fresno Pacific a 1-0 men's soccer victory over visiting UC Santa Cruz.
Bruno Pessoa set up Islas' seventh goal of the season in the 98th minute.
The Sunbirds, who outshot UC Santa Cruz 20-13, improved to 5-5 and the Banana Slugs fell to (5-3).
Sunbirds' Croft takes individual title at Sonoma State cross country meet
Fresno Pacific's Brandon Croft won the 8K cross country race at the Sonoma State Invitational in Santa Rosa.
The sophomore out of El Diamante High crossed the finish line in 26 minutes, 7 seconds -- 7 seconds ahead of runner-up Fernando Diaz of Holy Names at Spring Lake Regional Park to help the Sunbirds finish third behind San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay.
Fresno Pacific's women placed fifth, with Megan Barnard coming in 23rd (24:36) over the 6K course. Cal State East Bay was first and Cal State Monterey Bay second.
Fresno Pacific settles for another split at Riverside water polo tourney
For the second straight day, the Fresno Pacific men's water polo team split two games at the Lancer Invitational on Saturday in Riverside.
The Sunbirds beat Occidental 13-7 behind four goals from Mateja Maksimovic, three goals from Nick Fadden and 10 saves from goalie Jake Finney. Occidental is ranked No. 10 nationally in Division III.
Concordia, No. 10 in Division I, handled Fresno Pacific 12-5 with Maksimovic and Trevor Kolb scoring two goals apiece.
Fresno City College wrestlers dominate at Santa Ana Invitational
Defending state wrestling champion Fresno City, behind five individual winners, won the Santa Ana Invitational.
Chris Padilla (133 pounds), Miguel Torres (157), Tigran Adzhemyan (165), Martin Fabbian (174) and Fito Juarez (184) won their divisions, as the Rams scored 157 points to runner-up Sacramento City's 94.5.
Monsters make it six straight to start new NAHL campaign
The Fresno Monsters rallied to beat Dawson Creek for the second straight night and keep their record unblemished in the North American Hockey League through six games.
Brendan Bradley's goal in the second period decided the 3-2 victory in British Columbia.
Riley Boer's goal gave Fresno a 1-0 lead, but the Rage scored twice to move ahead in the second period before Bradley connected on a power play.
Fresno's Western States Hockey League team scored the first three goals and beat host San Diego 3-1. The Monsters (2-0) got goals from Kyle Godfrey, Nick McKee and Kyle Baker.
Reedley javelin thrower wins age group at Nevada Senior Games
Barry Warmerdam of Reedley battled back from a shoulder injury last year and won a gold medal in men's javelin in the 55-59 age group Saturday at the Nevada Senior Games in Las Vegas.
The youngest son of the late Dutch Warmerdam, a former world class pole vaulter, threw the javelin 134 feet, 7 inches to earn All-American honors.
Colburn passes for 3 TDs in defeat
Ex-Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn passed for three touchdowns, but the Sacramento Mountain Lions saw Omaha nail a field goal in the closing seconds for a 33-30 United Football League victory.
The teams played it close throughout, with the score tied 10-10 at half and again at 23 and 30-all.
Jeff Wolfert's 39-yard kick won it for Omaha (1-1). Sacramento fell to 0-2.
Colburn, barely escaping a sack, hit tight end Dominique Jones for a 50-yard touchdown with 7 minutes left to give the Mountain Lions a 30-23 lead. Colburn also had three turnovers.
"Ultimately, from my end, three turnovers, you just can't have it," said Colburn, who prepped at Central Valley Christian. "I don't care if you're playing pee-wee, college, professional, whatever, if your quarterback makes three turnovers you're going to have a really hard time winning."
Meyers, World of Outlaws drivers washed out Saturday by rain
Jason Meyers of Clovis will have to wait for an attempt at three straight victories in World of Outlaws.
The second night of racing Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., was postponed until this Friday because of heavy rains.
Meyers, the defending Outlaws champion, won his sixth feature of the season Friday and increased his first-place lead to 181 points over four-time champion Donny Schatz.
Szpor, Malone rout Michigan team
Will Szpor (Reedley High) passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another as Malone University defeated Concordia-Michigan 27-0.
Szpor completed 19 of 36 passes for 217 yards for the Pioneers (3-2).
Aleman fighters among champions
Aleman Boxing Fresno's Rene Aleman, 13, defeated Visalia's Jesus Corona in a three-round decision, and teammate Aspen Bandaphone won a decision over Visalia's Jesse Preciado in the 9-10-year-old division Saturday during an amateur boxing card in Fresno.
Fresno PAL's Marc Castro, 12, defeated Bakersfield's Antonio Moreno, while Fresnan Samuel Perez, 16, beat Lindsay's Heriberto Rodriguez.
Sanger's Jose Alvarez made his pro debut Thursday in Inglewood with a four-round decision over Steve Ma in the light-heavyweight division.