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Local briefs: No. 1 Sunbirds wrap up perfect GSAC season

No. 1 Sunbirds wrap up perfect GSAC season

The top-ranked Fresno Pacific volleyball team closed out Golden State Athletic Conference play by sweeping No. 25 Westmont 3-0 Saturday afternoon at the Special Events Center.

Martina Gregusova and Ke Ke Wang each had 12 kills to lead the Sunbirds (31-0, 20-0 GSAC). Mariah Mandelbaum added 10 digs and three aces.

"I was really happy with how we played today," coach Dennis Janzen said. "We got everyone into the game, and everyone played well. It was a great way to finish up the GSAC."

Fresno Pacific won by scores of 25-9, 25-18, 25-17, only trailing early in Set 2.

Seeking their second straight undefeated regular season, the Sunbirds welcome Cal State Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Thursday in their final home match.

Bulldogs lose in 3 sets

Fresno State's struggles against the elite Western Athletic Conference volleyball programs continued in a 3-0 loss to New Mexico State at the Save Mart Center.

The Bulldogs (13-14, 6-9) lost by scores of 25-19, 25-21, 25-22. Fresno State held slim leads late in sets 2 and 3 but couldn't close out either.

Freshman Marissa Brand led the Bulldogs with seven kills, while junior Kelly Mason had 13 digs.

Fresno State, 0-4 this season against first-place Hawaii and second-place New Mexico State, finished with a .133 attack percentage compared to .333 for the Aggies.

Kayleigh Giddens had 11 kills and six digs for New Mexico State (18-8, 13-3).

Rams wrestlers win

Fresno City's wrestling team won the San Francisco State Invitational, outscoring second-place Sacramento 79-39.

Galen Williams (125 pounds), Daniel Osmer (133), Fernando Lucatero (165), Justin Walker (184) and Austin Garza (Hwt.) won their respective weight classes.

Runners finish season

Fresno State's cross country team reached the end of the trail, finishing 17th out of 28 teams at the NCAA West Regional in Springfield, Ore.

Junior Erick Garcia clocked a 32:45.29 for the Bulldogs despite getting tripped and trampled about midway through the 10-kilometer course. Garcia finished 78th overall and was second among WAC runners.

UC Davis' Jonathan Peterson (Clovis High) finished 17th overall in 31:11.74, while teammate Russ Pfaff (Clovis East) was 69th in 32:27.9.

Top-ranked Stanford won the team competition, followed by Portland and Oregon.

Senior Roxanne Sellick represented the Bulldogs women and finished 93rd in 22:52.54 over the 6K course to close out her cross-country career.

JC football: COS falls

Surrendering 16 straight fourth-quarter points, College of the Sequoias blew its chance for a berth in the Northern California championship game in a 28-14 loss to visiting Sierra.

The Giants (5-5, 2-3 Valley Conference) had trouble executing the simple things. Four times, Sequoias snapped the ball over its quarterback's head, resulting in 10 Sierra points.

Brant Botill led Sequoias with 77 rushing yards, while Bladimir Cervantes added 52 and both touchdowns.

Brandon Michalkiewicz had two touchdown catches for Sierra (5-5, 3-2).

*Tate Humphrey's 50-yard touchdown pass to Antoinne Wafer with 5 minutes remaining lifted West Hills (4-6, 2-3) to a 30-27 victory over visiting Delta.