Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: No. 1 Sunbirds sweep volleyball tourney

It was nine sets up and nine sets down for the Fresno Pacific volleyball team Saturday at the Sunbird Invitational.

The 6-0 Sunbirds, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA preseason poll, ended their perfect run by sweeping Westminster College 25-18, 25-9, 25-16 at the Special Events Center.

Tiffany Marinos led Fresno Pacific with 13 kills and Keke Wang added 10.

In earlier action, the Sunbirds handled Menlo College 25-20, 25-22, 25-14 after sweeping Cornerstone University 25-13, 25-13 and 25-20.

Wang had 14 kills against Menlo, and Martina Gregusova added 11. Gregusova had a team-high 14 kills against Cornerstone, and Marinos had 16 digs.

Sunbirds men drop opener

Despite a penalty kick goal by Victor Machado, the Fresno Pacific men's soccer team failed to muster much offense in a 2-1 season-opening loss at Cal State Stanislaus.

An earlier penalty kick by Nehemias Blanco was saved by Warriors goalkeeper Steven Waite.

In the second half of the doubleheader, the Sunbirds women's team opened with a 3-0 loss to Cal State Stanislaus. Jessica Pereschica had two of Fresno Pacific's five shots on goal.

The Fresno City College women's soccer team lost 3-1 to visiting Santiago Canyon. Jesslyn Fagundes had an unassisted goal for the Rams.

Luczak, Kendrick in Open

Fresno State career wins leader Peter Luczak and Fresno native Robert Kendrick both qualified for the main men's singles draw in the U.S. Open.

Luczak will face No. 30 Viktor Troicki on Tuesday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center after going 2-1 in qualifying play. Luczak was originally an alternate but was inserted into the main draw when another player dropped out.

Kendrick will open Monday against Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina.

Strmiska wins in Madera

Ross Strmiska of Stockton won the 100-lap Late Model main event Saturday night at Madera Speedway, finishing ahead of Mike Beeler of Salida.Other race winners included Madera’s CJ Dizney (Stock Cars), Fresno’s Donnie Large (Super Toyotas), Fresno’s Jason Kerns (Toyota Sedans) and Clovis’ Miles Humphreys (Hornets).

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