2002 season archive

Cody Hein Named Volleyball Coach
(April 16) Cody Hein has been hired as the head volleyball coach at Chico State, Athletic Director Anita Barker announced Tuesday.

Hein is leaving Florida Tech University, where he has been a very successful coach for the past three years. His 2001 team broke the school record for wins in a season and all three of his teams were ranked in the South Region's top 10. During his three years, his team's compiled a record of 46-44.

We're thrilled to have Cody join the Chico State coaching staff, said Barker. He is one of the rising stars in women’s volleyball and we are excited for him to return to the West Coast. His background and experience at Division II will allow our program to continue to build.
Hein is a California native and moving back to the Golden State was a crucial part of his decision.

I'm very excited about this position and the challenge of a new job, said Hein. A big part of my decision was based on getting back to California, but I'm also looking forward to creating and maintaining a program at Chico State that can consistently compete with the top teams in the CCAA.

Before going to Florida Tech in the spring of 2000, Hein was the first assistant at Barry University from 1997-2000. Those teams reached the NCAA Division II playoffs all three years he was there, including the National Championship match in 1997. Prior to moving to Miami, he was an assistant coach for the University of California-Berkeley men's volleyball program from 1995-97.

While Hein was at Florida Tech, his teams were regarded as some of the toughest to hit against in the nation. Well known for its tenacious defense, in 2000, his team was the nation's leader in digs with 21.74 per game.

I have two very specific goals for this team, said Hein. One is to graduate every senior and the other is to compete incredibly hard and maintain my reputation as having teams that are tough to put down.

Hein played collegiate volleyball at UC Berkeley. There, he was part of three Collegiate Club National Championship teams in four seasons, 1991-1994.

Hein takes over a Chico State squad that finished 18-8 last season and just missed out on a spot in the postseason. A number of players are eligible to return to the team, including First Team All-CCAA selection Stacey Clifton.

Hein and his wife Dana, a speech pathologist, have been married for two years.

Jim Moore leaves Chico State -
return to Northern Michigan
Chico State Volleyball Coach Jim Moore will be leaving Chico to return to Northern Michigan University for a second stint as head coach of that Wildcat volleyball program. Moore is very familiar with NMU volleyball, having held the head coach position at Northern from 1989-93. His ’93 squad won the school’s first-ever NCAA national volleyball title.

Volleyball signs three for 2003
(Dec. 13) Chico State head volleyball coach Jim Moore has announced the signing of three athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Junior Olympian Jamie Houle, Central Valley High School product Marissa Kraft, and Karen Kroplin of Stockton will all join the Wildcats for the 2003 season.

Houle, a 6-foot-0 middle blocker from Antioch High School, finished second in the Bay Valley Athletic League MVP balloting this season. Jamie will be an immediate impact player on our team, said Moore. She has the ability to play middle, outside, or right side hitter. She'll be a major contributor to the program. Houle was selected to take part in the Junior Olympics in Salt Lake City July 1-4.

Kraft comes to the Wildcats from Central Valley High School in Redding where she was coached by former Chico State player Karen Fitzhugh. Kraft led Central Valley to a 20-15 record this season. Marissa has outstanding athletic ability, good size, and a big jump, said Moore. She needs more experience, but she can be an outstanding player.

Kroplin , a 5-foot-11 middle blocker, was a First Team All-Conference selection at Lincoln High School in Stockton. She finished the season with a hitting percentage of over .500. Karen is a very steady player and her ability in the middle gives the team a lot of alternatives, said Moore. She gives us the ability to move players to other positions and allow them to have a greater impact.

The Wildcats barely missed a spot in the Western Regional after posting an 18-8 record this season, Moore's second with the team. In his inaugural year as head coach, the Wildcats improved by 12 games to finish 16-13. With the vast improvement the Wildcats have shown, the return of all but one of this season's letter winners, and the addition of the above trio, Chico State will be looking to make its first postseason appearance since 1992.

Volleyball team pitches in this holiday season

The Chico State volleyball team found a way to give something back to the community this holiday season. The team helped collect and sort canned food for the Salvation Army food drive to benefit Butte County. The team went out on two different occasions packing carloads of goods for the cause.

Clifton and Gorubec named to All-CCAA Teams

(Nov. 20) Stacey Clifton was named to the First Team All-CCAA for her acheivements this year. Clifton recorded 419 kills (4.36 kills/game), .263 hitting %, 47 service aces, 268 digs, and 82 blocks on the year. Clifton was named AVCA National Player of the Week and California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for the week of September 23. Among all CCAA players Clifton ranked second in kills per game and fifth in service aces per game. She also totaled 16 double-doubles and had 20 or more kills in eight matches.

Staci Gorubec received Second Team All-CCAA honors. Gorubec recorded 340 kills (3.54 kills/game), .211 hitting %, 289 digs (2.99 per game) on the year. She also totaled 13 double-doubles and had a season-high 21 kills against UC Davis.

Wildcats end season with split on the road

(Nov. 15-16) The Wildcats saw their postseason hopes dashed as they lost to Cal State Stanislaus, 3-2, Friday night in Turlock (24-30, 30-28, 30-24, 27-30, 16-14). Chico State was in a must-win situation to keep any postseason hopes alive.

Stacey Clifton led all hitters with 25 kills. It was the eighth time she recorded more than 20 kills this season. Staci Gorubec tallied 14 kills and 13 digs for her 13th double-double of the season. Libero Katie Heinz led the 'Cats with 24 digs and Becky Stutte had 54 assists in the five games.

On Saturday, the Wildcats came out hitting on all cylinders, easily beating Cal State Bakersfield in their final match of the year, 30-19, 30-26, 30-27.

Chelsea Tyrrell had a career night, recording 16 kills with only three errors in 25 attempts (.520). Clifton was the only other Wildcat in double-figure kills in the match, putting down 14 kills. Stutte led the squad with 12 digs to accompany her 47 assists.

Wildcats fall to 8th-ranked UC San Diego

(Nov. 9) In a match with huge playoff implications, 8th-ranked UC San Diego earned a hard-fought sweep against the host Chico State volleyball team 30-22, 30-24, 30-27 Saturday night at Acker Gymnasium.

Stacey Clifton pounded out 16 kills and senior Staci Gorubec, playing in the last home match of her career, chipped in 14, but the Wildcats dropped to 17-7 overall and 13-7 in the CCAA. Clifton also tallied a match-high 17 digs for her ? double-double and Becky Stutte finished with 40 assists and 12 digs.

UC San Diego, led by Teresa Ohta's 49 assists, improved to 23-4 overall and 16-3 in the CCAA. Bonnie Wilson hammered out a match-high 17 kills, and Katie Hogan notched 14 for the Tritons.

All three games were tight at the midway point, but UC San Diego managed to pull away each time. The Tritons hit .320, while Chico State hit .243.

The match marked Chico State's final home date of the season. The Wildcats wrap up their regular season next weekend at Stanislaus and Bakersfield.

Chico improves to 10-2 at home

(Nov. 8) Chico State defeated Grand Canyon 3-0 for the second time this season at Acker Gym on Friday night. The 'Lopes played well in the third game, but The Wildcats' dominated in earning their 17th win of the year (30-16, 30-23, 30-28).

Chico is 13-6 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and 17-6 overall as it improved to 10-2 on its home court. Stacey Clifton and Staci Gorubec shared the team lead in kills with 16. Gorubec's 10 digs amounted to her 12th double-double of the season. The Wildcats hit an impressive .423, as most of the kills were set up by Becky Stutte's 41 assists.

Jim Moore, Chico State's second-year coach, now has 301 wins in his 14-year career. Moore celebrated his 300th win on Wednesday night when Chico defeated Davis 3-0. The Wildcats have won six out of seven as they head into an important match against UC San Diego tomorrow night. UC San Diego is ranked No. 4 in the Pacific Region, and Chico is ranked No. 8. The top six teams will receive a playoff berth, so the match is pivotal to the Wildcats' postseason chances.

Grand Canyon falls to 5-14 in the CCAA and 10-17 overall. Mandy Forrest led the team with 18 kills, while Krista Jacob and Danielle Davis had 10 digs. The 'Lopes have lost six out of seven and have been shutout in their last four matches.

Milestones reached as Chico State volleyball team sweeps UC Davis

(Nov. 6) It was a night for personal milestones and team achievements for the Chico State volleyball team. Head coach Jim Moore earned his 300th collegiate coaching victory and the Wildcats secured a season series sweep against UC Davis for the first time since 1987 with a 30-19, 30-19, 30-15 Wednesday night in Acker Gymnasium.

Stacey Clifton and Staci Gorubec pounded out 15 kills apiece and the Wildcats hit .301 as a team to improve to 16-6 overall and 12-6 in the CCAA. Darci Burton added nine kills and Becky Stutte dished out 14 assists. Gorubec led the team with 13 digs for her 11th double-double of the season, and Stutte and Katie Heinz registered 10 digs each. Clifton also registered six service aces.

UC Davis struggled with its hitting accuracy all night and finished the match with a .000 hitting percentage and only 22 kills as a team. Kelly Gaudino led the way with eight kills and eight digs. Mary McClelland added nine digs. The Aggies fell to 8-19 overall and 4-14 in the CCAA with the loss.

Chico State, currently ranked No. 8 in the Pacific Region, plays host to Grand Canyon and UC San Diego Friday and Saturday night, respectively. It could be a key weekend in the race for one of the Pacific Region's six playoff spots. UC San Diego is ranked No. 4 in the Pacific Region and No. 8 in the nation.

Wildcats salvage split down south

(Nov. 1-2) The Chico State women's volleyball team rebounded from a disappointing 3-0 loss to Cal State LA with a 3-1 victory over Dominguez Hills Saturday night to salvage a road split.

Stacey Clifton pounded out 22 kills and hit .404, and Staci Gorubec chipped in with 16 kills and a team-high 19 digs as the Wildcats dispatched of Dominguez Hills 30-22,. 30-12, 29-31, 30-22.

Friday matched up Chico State, the Pacific Region's sixth-ranked team, against Cal State L.A., the Pacific Region's seventh-ranked team. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Golden Eagles dominated. Tricia Schary led all players with 18 kills as Cal State L.A. won 30-26, 30-23, 30-15.

Stacey Clifton paced the Wildcats with 13 kills.

Wildcats holding on at No. 6

(Oct. 30) With wins over Cal Poly Pomona, Sonoma State, and San Francisco State the last two weeks, the Wildcats have taken over sole possession of the number six spot in the recent regional rankings. The volleyball regionals have been changed to a six-team format this year.

Chico State travels to Cal State L.A. and CSU Dominguez Hills this weekend.

Poll date: October 30 (through games of Oct. 28)
Pacific Region Overall W/L Regional W/L Record
1. Western Washington 18-2, 18-2
2. Cal State San Bernardino 15-2, 15-2
3. Brigham Young-Hawaii 19-2, 16-2
4. UC San Diego 19-3, 14-3
5. Chaminade 14-4, 10-3
6. Cal State Chico 14-5, 14-5
7. Cal State Los Angeles 14-8, 12-8
8. Hawaii Pacific 10-6, 6-4
9. Cal Poly Pomona 15-9, 13-8
10. Seattle 19-2, 10-1

Volleyball keeps playoff hope alive

(Oct. 26) The Chico State volleyball team easily defeated San Francisco State tonight, 3-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association match in Acker gym, 30-20, 30-21, 30-20. It is the second time this season the Wildcats beat the Gators in three games.

The Wildcats (14-5, 10-5 CCAA) have now won 10 of their last 12 and will anxiously await the next regional poll due out Oct. 28. The latest poll on Oct. 14 has the ’Cats tied for sixth in the west region. The NCAA has expanded the postseason regionals to included six teams.

The Wildcats hit at a .342 clip, a season high, compared to San Francisco’s .087 for the match. Staci Gorubec led the offensive attack with 15 kills and Darci Burton tallied nine kills in 13 attempts for a .692 average. Stacey Clifton recorded her team-high 13th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs. Setter Becky Stutte chalked up 36 assists.

Erinn Kelly’s 10 kills and Charity Harbo’s 12 digs led San Francisco State (7-17, 1-14 CCAA). Christine Matteucci did the bulk of the setting, tallying 18 assists on the team’s 33 kills.

The Wildcats travel to Cal State L.A. and Dominguez Hills next weekend.

Volleyball team stays hot, upends Sonoma State

(Oct. 25) The Chico State volleyball team won its eighth match in the last 10 opportunities, beating visiting Sonoma State 30-27, 30-15, 28-30, 30-22 Friday night in front of 220 fans in Acker Gymnasium.

Since losing at Sonoma State on September 21, the Wildcats have won eight-of-10, falling only to two of the nation's top 10 teams. Sonoma State, on the other hand, is only 5-5 during that span.

Stacey Clifton paced the Wildcats (13-5, 9-5 CCAA) with 17 kills and 10 digs. Becky Stutte registered 43 assists and 10 digs. Staci Gorubec pounded out 10 kills and tallied a team-high 17 digs.

Sonoma's Christine Shiba pounded out 20 kills and also had 23 assists, while Lindsay Smith finished with a match-high 25 digs. Erin Manley was the only other player to reach double-figures in kills for Sonoma (13-8, 8-6 CCAA) with 16.

Chico State hosts San Francisco State Saturday at 7 p.m. Sonoma State travels to take on UC Davis.

Wildcats avenge early loss to Pomona

(Oct. 19) After losing to Pomona, 3-0, in their confernce opener, the Chico State Wildcats avenged the loss on Saturday, beating the Broncos 3-2 in their home gym, 28-30, 30-23, 11-30, 30-26, 15-7. It was Pomona's first CCAA home loss of the season.

Pomona (15-7, 9-4 CCAA) won the tightly-contested game one, but the Wildcats (12-5, 8-5 CCAA) bounced back to take game two. Pomona domintate in game three, but the Wildcats would not be denied, leading from start to finsih in game four to force a deciding fifth-game.

Chico raced out to an 8-2 lead to kick off game five and the Broncos never recovered. An ace by Lindsay Kardula got the Wildcats to match point and Stacey Clifton ended the contest with her 10th kill of the night.

Clifton led the 'Cats with 20 kills and recorded 13 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. She has had at least 10 kills in each of the Wildcats 17 matches.

Staci Gorubec tallied a season-high 20 digs to go along with her 11 kills. She now has eight double-doubles this season.

Libero Katie Heinz recorded a team season-high 27 digs in the five games.

Wildcats fall to No. 3 San Bernardino in four games

(Oct. 18) Cal State San Bernardino freshman outside hitter Jessica Nelthorpe had 22 kills Friday night to lead the Coyotes to a 3-1 victory over Chico State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association match before 275 fans in Coussoulis Arena.

The Coyotes dominated the first two games by identical scores of 30-14 but Chico State rallied in game three. The Wildcats were up 25-22 before the Coyotes rallied to lead 29-26, but failed to attain match point as Chico State prevailed 33-31. Game four was close until the Coyotes, ranked No. 3 in the nation and No.2 in the NCAA Pacific Region, opened up a 26-19 advantage.

San Bernardino is now 19-1 on the season and 11-1 in the CCAA. Chico State, ranked No. 6 in the Pacific Region coming in, dropped to 11-5 overall and 7-5 in the CCAA.

Staci Gorubec led the Wildcats with 12 kills and 17 digs while Stacey Clifton, the American Volleyball Coaches Association national player of the week a couple weeks ago, had 10 kills and 13 digs plus a block solo. Setter Becky Stutte had 39 assists and nine digs.

The Coyotes hit .256 for the match to .071 for Chico and posted 83 digs to 55 for Chico. Both teams had 18 blocks. CSUSB led in kills 65-44.

Wildcat volleyball beats Warriors in four games

(Oct. 12) The Chico State women's volleyball team continued its winning ways, as the Wildcats beat Cal State Stanislaus 3-1 (30-27, 22-30, 30-19, 35-33) in a California Collegiate Athletic Association match tonight in Acker Gym.

The Wildcats (11-4, 7-4 CCAA) have now won six of their last seven matches and find themselves among the leaders at the midway point of the CCAA schedule. Stanislaus (13-8, 7-4 CCAA) has also been hot of late, entering the match having won five its last six.

After winning the first game and losing the second, the Wildcats led the entire third game, making the lead a comfortable 26-16 on a six point-scoring run behind the serving of Becky Stutte. Stacey Clifton added two service aces to make it 29-17.

The Wildcats took the lead early in game four, building to a 27-22 advantage, before the Warriors fought back. Stanislaus took advantage of a Chico service error and added three service aces, two by Mary Beacham and one by Stacie Reyes, to eventually tie the game at 29-29. The Wildcats took the advantage the first three tries, on a kill by Darci Burton, a Warrior hitting error, and a kill by Stacey Clifton, but Stanislaus held them off each time.

The Warriors had a chance at 33-32, but a ball handling error, one of nine called on Stanislaus on the night, ended that threat. Chico took the final advantage at 34-33 on a Stanislaus attack error and the winning point came the next play on an block by Chico's Alexa Skjei, Staci Gorubec, and Clifton.

The Wildcats were led by Clifton's 16 kills and five services aces, and 17 digs from Libero Katie Heniz. Darci Burton was the hot hitter for the 'Cats, recording 10 kills with no errors in 13 attempts for a whooping .769 hitting percentage. Skjei lead all players with 12 blocks.

Jackie Coudert (10 kills, 19 digs) and Sarah Barnett (12 kills, 19 digs) each had double-doubles for the Warriors and Reyes led the team with 15 kills, six blocks, and five service aces. Amanda Oliver also had 15 kills.

Wildcats snap 14-game skid against Bakersfield

(Oct. 11) Chico State's women's volleyball team beat Cal State Bakersfield 25-30, 30-21, 23-30, 30-16, 15-12 for their first win against the Roadrunners since 1992 Friday night in Acker Gymnasium. The win snapped a 14-game losing skid against Bakersfield.

Stacey Clifton led the way for the Wildcats with 21 kills and six blocks. Alexa Skjei added 10 kills and eight blocks, and Becky Stutte chipped in 52 assists as the Wildcats improved to 10-4 overall and 6-4 in the CCAA.

Bakersfield, which dipped to 7-8 overall and 4-6 in the CCAA, was paced by Jessica Slayton's 19 kills. However, the Roadrunners hit just .128 and Slayton (.280) was the only Bakersfield player to hit over .250.

The Wildcats dropped two of the first three games before storming back to win. Clifton led the charge. With the fourth game tied 9-9, the 6-foot junior got her first kill of the game and just her 11th of the match. That kill was the first of seven in game four. She added four more in the fifth game, including the final two. Bakersfield, meanwhile, managed just six kills to go along with six attack errors in the decisive game.

Chico State hosts Cal State Stanislaus (13-7, 7-3 CCAA) Saturday night at 7 o'clock, while Bakersfield travels to take on UC Davis.

Wildcats sweep Grand Canyon

(Oct. 5) Chico State defeated Grand Canyon 30-22, 30-26, 30-28 behind a match-high 17 kills by Staci Gorubec to improve to 9-4 overall and 5-4 in the CCAA Saturday night in Phoenix.

Stacey Clifton posted a double-double with 14 kills and a match-high 12 digs. Darci Burton chipped in with nine kills and five service aces.

Volleyball team loses in San Diego

(Oct. 4) The 10th ranked UC San Diego volleyball team defeated Chico State in four games at RIMAC Arena on Friday night, 30-20, 30-23, 29-31, 30-24.

The Wildcats battled back in game three after allowing the Tritions two comfortable victories, but could not hold on to force a final fifth game.

Stacey Clifton produced 18 kills and 12 digs and Staci Gorubec hammered home 12 kills and sophomore libero Katie Heinz had 13 digs. Setter Becky Stutte had 48 assists on the night.

Gorubec leads Wildcats to big finish over Aggies

(Oct. 2) Senior Staci Gorubec exploded for 21 kills and a .390 hitting average while Alexa Skjei and Chelsea Tyrell each served up five aces to lead Chico State to a 30-27, 29-31, 30-20, 30-10 win over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball match at Upper Hickey Gym Wednesday.

The Wildcats improve to 8-3 overall, and 4-3 in CCAA action. The host Aggies drop to 6-10 on the season, and 2-5 in conference play.

Gorubec had six of her kills in game three, during which Chico State hit .406. She then added seven kills against no errors in game four, helping her Wildcats post a blistering .559 hitting average for the game. Chico had 21 kills and only two errors in 34 attempts in the final game.

The Chico performance was also marked by tough serving as well as efficient offense. The Wildcats rang up 14 total aces and numerous serving runs, including Lindsey Karkula's 15 straight points down the stretch of game four, which tied the NCAA record for consecutive points served, that resulted in a comfortable 27-6 lead for her team.

Chico hit a combined .485 to win the third and fourth games.

Both teams travel south for conference matches against UC San Diego and Grand Canyon.

Stacey Clifton receives National Honor

Chico State outside hitter Stacey Clifton has been named the AVCA/Sports Imports Division II National Player of the Week and the Molten California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of September 23-29.

Clifton, a junior from George West, Texas, led the Wildcats to a pair of home victories over Cal State Dominguez Hills and 23rd-ranked Cal State L.A. last week. She had 16 kills on .500 hitting (16-1-30) and added 11 digs, 2 service aces, 2 blocks and 2 assists in a 30-21, 30-19, 26-30, 30-13 triumph over CSUDH. The double-double effort was Clifton’s sixth of the season.

Clifton then produced season highs in kills (23) and blocks (9) and added 6 digs to lead Chico to a 30-25, 30-25, 17-30, 30-28 upset win over Cal State L.A. The win snapped a 16-match Chico losing streak to the Golden Eagles.

For the week, Clifton averaged 5.57 kills on .360 hitting (39-8-86), 2.43 digs and 1.57 blocks per game.

Wildcats knock off No. 23 Cal State L.A.

(Sep. 28) Alexa Skjei set a school record with 12 blocks and Stacey Clifton notched 23 kills as the Chico State volleyball team beat 23rd-ranked Cal State L.A. 30-25, 30-25, 17-30, 30-28 Saturday night to snap a 16-game losing skid against the Golden Eagles.

The Wildcats finished with 18 blocks, the second highest total in school history. The win was the third in four matches for Chico State as they improved to 3-3 in the CCAA and 7-3 overall. Cal State L.A., ranked No. 23 in the nation entering the match, fell to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the CCAA.

Lizelle Jackson, Te'Ara Epps, and Dana Coffey paced the Golden Eagles with 13 kills apiece. Staci Gorubec tallied 14 kills for Chico and Chelsea Tyrrell pounded out 11, including the last two of the match.

The fourth game was tight throughout. Chico State jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but that was the biggest advantage either team had until Cal State L.A. reeled off five straight points to take a 23-18 lead. The Wildcats stormed back, however, putting together eight straight points behind the serving of Darci Burton and three kills by Clifton. Skjei and Clifton also teamed up on a couple of blocks during the run.

The Golden Eagles did not go quietly, however, cutting the lead to 28-27 before Tyrrell put them away with a pair of kills.

The Wildcats travel to face rival UC Davis Wednesday night.

Wildcats down Toros in CCAA action

(Sep. 27) Behind a season-high 15 services aces in the match, the Chico State volleyball downed CSU Dominguez Hills, 3-1, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association match in Acker Gym. Game scores were 30-21, 30-19, 26-30, 30-13.

With the win Chico State improves to 6-3 overall, 2-3 in CCAA action. Dominguez Hills drops to 2-11 overall, 1-4 in CCAA play.

Chico State outside hitter Chelsea Tyrrell had six services aces in the match, four of which came in one service possession in game four to give the Wildcats an 11-4 advantage they never would surrender. Tyrrell leads the team with 21 aces this season.

The Wildcats cruised to easy wins in games one and two, but a change in the starting lineup in game three couldn't pull off the shutout.

Stacey Clifton recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 16 kills and 11 digs. Three other Wildcats finished with double-figure kills: Tyrrell-12, Darci Burton-12, and Staci Gorubec-11.

Setter Becky Stutte recorded 37 assists in the match and Samantha Seitz had 15 assists in game three. Libero Katie Heinz had 11 digs and Kirsten Ray tallied 10 digs.

For Dominguez Hills Vivian Maxie led the team with nine kills, libero Richelle Gingerich had 16 digs, and April Udell had 14 digs. Staci Dietz did the bulk of the setting, recording 23 assists in the match.

Chico ended the match with 63 kills to Dominguez's 38 and 15 services aces to its two. Both teams blocked effectively, recording ten blocks each.

Chico State hosts No. 23 Cal State L.A. tomorrow. Dominguez Hills travels to UC Davis. Both matches have a 7 p.m. starting time.

Volleyball splits on the road

(Sep. 20) The Wildcats opened their weekend roadtrip with an easy 3-0 win over San Francisco (30-26, 30-25, 32-30), but the Wildcats came out flat on Saturday, losing to Sonoma State, 3-2 (30-25, 26-30, 24-30, 33-31, 9-15)

Stacey Clifton was a hitting machine for Chico against San Francisco, tallying 20 kills with just two errors in 48 attempts (.375). She also picked up 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Staci Gorubec posted her third double-double with 13 kills and team-high 15 digs.

Chelsea Tyrrell led the team with three blocks, two of them solos, and eight kills. Becky Stutte continued with the setting duties picking up 38 assists on the team’s 49 kills.

On Saturday in Rohnert Park the Wildcats cruised to a win in game one and had a sizable lead in the second game before Sonoma State rallied to take games two and three.

Chico State won game four, despite having just 11 kills to the Seawolves 24 in the game. With the win, Sonoma State remains undefeated in CCAA play at 4-0, 9-2 overall. Chico drops to 5-3 overall, 1-3 in the CCAA.

Tyrrell played tough for the Wildcats, tallying 15 kills in the match. Teammates Clifton and Gorubec were also in double digits on the attacking side, with 11 and 13 kills, respectively. The Wildcats were tough at the net, headlined by Alexa Skjei’s eight blocks.

Cal State San Bernardino's Kim Morohunfola was nearly unstoppable, blasting 21 kills in a three-game match over host Chico State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball match tonight in Chico. The Coyotes beat the Wildcats 30-26, 30-21, 36-34.

Chico loses to No. 1 ranked San Bernardino

(Sep. 14) Cal State San Bernardino's Kim Morohunfola was nearly unstoppable, blasting 21 kills in a three-game match over host Chico State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball match tonight in Chico. The Coyotes beat the Wildcats 30-26, 30-21, 36-34.

The number-one ranked Coyotes remain perfect on the year with a record of 10-0 overall, 2-0 in CCAA play. The Wildcats drop to 4-2 overall, 0-2 in conference.

Morohunfola hit .515 in the match, committing just four errors in 33 attempts. Libero Erika Williams led all players with 27 digs. Kim Ford was the only other Coyote in double-figure kills, tallying 16 in the three games.

For Chico, Stacey Clifton once again led the 'Cats with 13 kills in just two games of play. Lindsey Karkula, who started her first match of the year, recorded 11 digs and libero Katie Heinz led the team with 12 digs.

The Wildcats are on the road next weekend with games at San Francisco State and Sonoma State.

Wildcats' first loss an untimely one

(Sep. 13) The Chico State volleyball team picked a bad time to lose its first match of the season. The Wildcats were off to their best start since 1992 thanks to a 4-0 preseason, but were swept by Cal Poly Pomona 30-23, 30-27, 30-26 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association opener for both teams Friday night in front of 172 at Acker Gymnasium.

Kimberly Van Beek led the Broncos with 11 kills and Allison Anderson hit .421 and notched 10 kills as Cal Poly improved to 7-3 overall. Emily Kennedy led the team with 37 assists and was one of five Broncos to reach double figures in digs with 10.

Stacey Clifton paced Chico State with 11 kills, but the returning All-CCAA first-teamer hit .000. Becky Stutte dished out 33 assists for the Wildcats and Katie Heinz led all players with 20 digs.

Chico State faces an even bigger test Saturday night when it faces Cal State San Bernardino, the top-ranked team in the nation. Cal Poly Pomona travels south to face UC Davis Saturday.

Wildcats undefeated in preseason

(Sep. 6-7) The Chico State women’s volleyball team ran its preseason record to a perfect 4-0 with wins over Western Oregon and St. Martin’s College at the Central Washington Volleyball Invitational in Ellensburg, WA.

Chico State’s Stacey Clifton was named the tournament MVP. The Wildcats’ outside hitter hit .365 in the two matches, totaling 23 kills and a team high 5.17 digs per game. Teammate Staci Gorubec was also selected after leading Chico with 5.33 kills per game and hitting .306 in the two matches.

In the opener on Friday night, the Wildcats posted a consistent offensive attack, finishing with a .265 team-hitting percentage, en route to a 3-0 win over Oregon, 30-24, 30-14, 30-26. Gorubec led the attack, tallying 16 kills. Clifton recorded her second double-double in three games with 11 kills and 18 digs. Chelsea Tyrrell had nine kills and Becky Stutte did the setting, ending the three games with 41 assists.

In Saturday’s 3-0 win (30-19, 30-27, 30-23) over Saint Martin’s, Clifton again put up a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs. Gorubec led the team with 16 kills and 11 digs. Tyrrell ended the game with 12 kills and Darci Burton tallied 10 kills. As a team tbe Wildcats hit .333 for the match. Stutte and Samantha Seitz shared the setting duties, logging 27 and 23 assists, respectively.

The Wildcats host Cal Poly Pomona on Friday to kick off CCAA play. Fifth-ranked CSU San Bernardino comes to Chico on Saturday. Matches start at 7 p.m.

Wildcats do it again in five games

(Aug. 31) For the second straight night the Chico State volleyball team gave its fans their money's worth. Chico State went five games before defeating Central Washington 30-17, 30-28, 24-30, 23-30, 15-9 to improve its record to 2-0 on the year. Last night's season-opener was a five-game victory over the same team.

Chico cruised out to an early 2-0 games lead, but faltered in games three and four, allowing Central Washington to push the match to a 15-point deciding game. In game one Chico put up its best numbers of the match, hitting .444 to Washington's -.156. For the match, Chico hit .231 and Washington hit at a .132 clip.

As in last night's opening match, junior outside hitter Stacey Clifton tallied 20 kills to lead Chico State and also had a team-high 11 digs. Staci Gorubec was the only other Wildcat to tally double-digit kills with 19 in the match. Setter Becky Stutte ran the offense the majority of the match, picking up 47 assists out of the team's 63 kills. The blocking remained strong for Chico, as Clifton and Alexa Skjei each had six each and Darci Burton recorded five, three solos.

For Central Washington, now 0-2, Carolyn Mires recorded a double-double with a team leading 16 kills and 10 digs. Julie Roberts, who last night recorded a career-best 22 kills, tallied 12 tonight and Tracey Anderson put down 10 kills. Kate Reome assisted on 42 Washington's 51 kills.

Chico State travels to Ellensburg, Washington, next weekend for matches against Western Oregon and St. Martin's College.

Wildcats open season with thrilling win

(Aug. 31) Returning All-CCAA selection Stacey Clifton notched 20 kills, including the game-winner, as the Chico State volleyball team nipped visiting Central Washington 29-31, 30-13, 30-23, 15-30, 15-13 in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

Chico State led 5-0 early in the fifth game, but Central Washington chipped away at the lead and eventually evened the score at 13-all. Staci Gorubec gave Chico State control with a kill to make it 14-13, however, and Clifton slammed the door shut seconds later.

Gorubec banged out 14 kills and led the team with 13 digs. Newcomer Candice Akers chipped in 12 digs and freshman setter Becky Stutte led Chico State with 42 assists and three aces. Alexa Skjei helped the cause with a game-high seven blocks.

For Central Washington, Julie Roberts led the way with 22 kills and Carolyn Mires finished with 12 kills and 17 digs.

The win gave Chico State a measure of revenge as Central Washington beat Chico State in four games in their only meeting last season.

Central Washington will get a chance to return the favor when the same two teams square off Saturday at 7 p.m. in Acker Gymnasium.