2003 season archive

11/20/03
Chico's Stacey Clifton receives postseason honor
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State senior outside hitter Stacey Clifton was named Second Team All-CCAA by a vote of the conference coaches.

Clifton led the Wildats in kills (421), kills per game (4.48), and digs per game (2.63). He 68 total blocks was second best on the team, behind 82 by Alexa Skjei. Her 4.48 kills per game was second best in the CCAA.

11/15/03
Chico ends season with loss in Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD - The Chico State volleyball win wrapped up the 2003 season with a 3-1 loss to Bakersfield at Icardo Center on Saturday night. Game scores were 30-24, 30-17, 26-30, 30-18.

The Wildcats end the season with a 14-12 overall record, 10-12 in CCAA play. Bakersfield, which won 17 of its last 18 matches, is now 20-7 overall, 18-4 in conference, and awaits the NCAA Pacific Regional pairings.

Darci Burton hit .476 with 12 kills and just two errors in 21 tries. She also added nine digs. Stacey Clifton recorded her 20th double-digit performace of the season with 17 kills. Carli Ross ended the four games with 9 kills and 10 digs.

Samantha Seitz tallied 47 of the team's 50 assists and ends the year averaging 11.51 assists per game. Chico had 10 blocks in the match, including five from Burton and three from Clifton.

11/14/03
Wildcats overpower Warriors
TURLOCK —  Stacey Clifton had 16 kills and the Wildcats controlled the blocking game as visiting Chico State defeated Cal State Stanislaus, 30-16, 30-19, 30-27, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball match Friday night.

Clifton, who did not have a hitting error until late in the third game, finished with a tremendous night connecting on 16 of her 27 attempts with just one mistake (.556 hitting percentage).

At the net, the 6-foot-1 senior had five total blocks with a solo block. Clifton’s teammate Victoria Langenohl added six blocks as Chico State recorded 9.5 team blocks to dominate at the net.

Chico State improved to 14-11 overall and 10-11 in the CCAA under first year head coach Cody Hein. Cal State Stanislaus dropped to 1-25 overall and 1-20 in the CCAA with one match remaining.

The Wildcats had little trouble in games one and two. Clifton had six kills in the first game while Stanislaus couldn’t get any offense going as Chico State took the first set, 30-16.

Dacri Burton took over for Chico State in game two with six kills as the ’Cats held off the Warriors 30-19.

The Wildcats wrap up the season on Saturday night in Bakersfield.

11/08/03
Top-ranked UC San Diego too much for 'Cats
SAN DIEGO – Senior Carli Ross led Chico State with 10 kills for her third double-digit total in the last four matches, but the Wildcats could not hang with top-ranked UC San Diego and lost 30-17, 30-17, 30-22 Saturday night.

Stacey Clifton and Darci Burton chipped in eight kills apiece for Chico State, which fell to 13-11 overall and 9-11 in the CCAA.

Katie Hogan led UC San Diego with 11 kills and Lindsay Crandell chipped in 10 for the Tritons, who improved to 23-4 overall and 17-3 in the CCAA.

11/08/03
'Cats five-match winning streak snapped
PHOENIX, AZ - Senior outside hitter Stacey Clifton had team highs with 11 kills and 13 digs but the Chico State women's volleyball team had its five-match winning streak snapped by Grand Canyon University Friday night 30-23, 33-31, 30-27, in Phoenix, AZ.

The second game proved to be Chico State's undoing. The Wildcats led 12-4 early on before letting the Antelopes climb back in. Then, with the game tied 31-31, a Wildcats service error followed by a Grand Canyon ace sealed the win for the Antelopes and made a Chico State comeback highly improbable.

Carli Ross finished with 10 kills for the Wildcats, and Chelsea Tyrrell and Darci Burton chipped in eight kills apiece. Samantha Seitz notched 41 assists and six digs.

The Wildcats are back in action Saturday night at the No. 1 team in the nation – UC San Diego.

11/05/03
Clifton leads Wildcats past Aggies in five games
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Stacey Clifton had 23 kills, while middle blocker Darci Burton added 18 kills and six blocks to lead Chico State to a 30-17, 19-30, 30-24, 26-30, 15-10 win over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's volleyball match at Upper Hickey Gym Wednesday.

The Wildcats improve to 13-9 overall and 9-9 in CCAA play. The Aggies fall to 14-11 on the season and 9-9 in conference.

Chico never trailed in the decisive Game 5. Clifton had three of her five fifth-game kills in a 5-1 start, but UC Davis bounced back to within 5-4 and later, 7-6. That was as close as the Aggies would approach: Carli Ross had back-to-back kills after the changeover to boost the Wildcat lead to 10-6. UC Davis put down a pair of kills to cut that lead to two but yet another kill by Ross kept the Aggies at bay. Chico scored three straight points to win the game and match.

Carli Ross paced the Chico defense with 20 digs, tops among six Wildcats in double-figure digs. Clifton recorded 15, Samantha Seitz had 14, Becky Stutte added 12, and Burton and Kirsten Ray each contributed 11.

11/01/03
Wildcats wrap up home schedule in winning style
CHICO, CA – The Chico State volleyball team wrapped up its home schedule with a 3-0 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills, 30-23, 30-19, 30-27. It was a perfect ending for the seven seniors who were playing their final home match in Acker Gym.

The win was the fourth-straight for Chico State, which stands at 12-9 overall, 8-9 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. Dominguez Hills has now lost five straight and drops to 3-21, 3-14 in conference.

Senior Darci Burton led the Wildcats with 20 kills and a blistering .571 hitting percentage. Senior Stacey Clifton recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 13 digs. Senior setter Sam Seitz racked up 45 of the team's 48 assists.

CSUDH was led by Vivian Maxie's 14 kills and Kelly Jameson's 12 digs. Ashley Sutherland recorded 29 assists, while Keesha Aldridge led all players with four blocks.

The Wildcats held the Toros to a .195 hitting percentage in the match, including a .000 percentage in game two. Chico State hit at a .319 clip for the three games.

Chico State is on the road for its remaining five matches of the season.

10/31/03
Seniors treat teammates, fans to upset victory
CHICO, CA – The Chico State women's volleyball team gave its loyal fans who gave up their Halloweens to watch the Wildcats quite a treat Friday night. Behind a solid team effort, Chico State knocked off red-hot Cal State L.A. 19-30, 30-25, 30-25, 22-30, 15-11 at Acker Gym. Cal State L.A. entered the match having won four straight matches and eight of their last 10.

Chico State improved to 11-9 overall and 7-9 in the CCAA with the victory. Cal State L.A dropped to 17-6 overall and 11-4 in the CCAA. It was just the second win all-time for the Wildcats against the Golden Eagles in 20 contests.

It looked like Cal State L.A. might make quick work of the Wildcats after a dominant Game 1 performance. But the Wildcats, thanks to a senior-led effort, controlled the match from that point on. Senior night will actually take place Saturday in the team's last home match of the year, but the seniors apparently couldn't wait for Saturday. Seniors Stacey Clifton and Carli Ross led the Wildcats with 18 kills apiece, and senior Darci Burton pounded out 16 kills and hit .520. Clifton and Burton finished with double-doubles thanks to 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Senior Alexa Skjei chipped in nine kills and a match-high 10 blocks, and senior Chelsea Tyrrell notched six kills and hit .417. Senior Samantha Seitz ran the offense masterfully, dishing out 61 assists and tallying nine digs in the process.

Lizelle Jackson, Dione McCrea, and Te'Ara Epps led the Golden Eagles with 14 kills apiece. Jackson also finished with a match-high 15 digs. Krystal Green was actually the most effective Cal State L.A. player, however, registering 10 kills, a .750 hitting percentage, and a team-high seven blocks.

Chico State will wrap up its home schedule Saturday night against Cal State Dominguez Hills. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. Cal State L.A. travels to UC Davis Saturday night.

10/25/03
Clifton dominant as 'Cats sweep SF State
SAN FRANCISCO – Stacey Clifton hammered out 24 kills and hit .500 as the Chico State University volleyball team swept host San Francisco State 30-27, 30-16, 30-25 Saturday night in San Francisco. The Wildcats hit .455 as a team and tallied 79 digs to improve to 10-9 overall and 6-9 in the CCAA. San Francisco State fell to 4-19 overall and 2-13 in the CCAA.

Darci Burton finished with 12 kills and 13 digs, while Becky Stutte paced the Wildcats with 24 digs. Samantha Seitz, meanwhile, dished out 39 assists and had 11 digs.

Aziza Bledsoe and Brooke Leverette paced San Francisco State with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. The Wildcats improved to 7-3 on the road with the victory.

Chico State closes out its home season next Friday and Saturday against Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.

10/24/03
Wildcats win wild one over Sonoma State
ROHNERT PARK - Chico State got up early in the fifth and deciding game of Saturday night's CCAA volleyball match with Sonoma State and held on for a tense 3-2 (30-22, 28-30, 28-30, 30-24, 17-15) win over the Seawolves.

Up 8-2 midway through the fifth game, SSU mounted a comeback and pushed the game to 16-15 before Chico State got the winning point on an Alexa Skjei kill.

Stacey Clifton and Carli Ross combined for 40 kills on the night as the Wildcats improved to 8-9, 5-9 CCAA. Sonoma State falls to 12-9, 7-7 CCAA.

Chico State dominated the first game, out-hitting Sonoma .417 to .077 en route to a 30-22 win. The Seawolves rallied to take the next two games by identical 30-28 scores before the Wildcats pulled the match even with a 30-24 win.

Carli Ross had a team-high 21 kills against just five errors for a .291 hitting percentage. Setter Samantha Seitz was solid all night long, contributing 66 assists. For the game, Chico held a 16.0 to 7.0 block advantage, led by Darci Burton1s seven total blocks.

Lindsay Smith had a career-high 21 kills for Sonoma State in a losing
effort. Ashley Arriola had a game-high 23 digs.

10/18/03
Wildcats drop five-game thriller to Pomona
CHICO, CA – Stacey Clifton led four Wildcats in double-figures in kills with 24, but the Chico State women's volleyball team dropped a 30-19, 36-38, 30-27, 23-30, 15-13 heartbreaker to visiting Cal Poly Pomona Saturday night at Acker Gymnasium.

Darci Burton finished with 15 kills for the Wildcats, Carli Ross added 14, and Nicole Sweeney hit .536 and chipped in 12 kills, but Chico State dipped to 8-9 overall and 4-9 in the CCAA. Allison Anderson notched 24 kills for Cal Poly Pomona (14-7, 9-4 CCAA) and Kimberly Van Beek added 20. The Broncos also got a match-high 15 digs from Anne Stinchfield and 13 and 12 kills from Lindsay Fischer and Kellie Francis, respectively.

Chico State is back in action next weekend on the road against Sonoma State and San Francisco State. The Wildcats wrap up their home slate Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 against Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills, respectively. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

10/17/03
No. 3 San Bernardino too much for Wildcats
CHICO, CA – Kim Morohunfola banged out 22 kills and hit .545 to lead the Cal State San Bernardino women's volleyball team, ranked 3rd nationally, to a 33-31, 30-28, 30-25 victory over host Chico State Friday night at Acker Gymnasium.

Stacey Clifton hit .367 and led the Wildcats with 15 kills, while Darci Burton notched 10 as the Wildcats stayed close in every game. But Chico State couldn't take advantage of a big lead in the first game or a furious comeback in the second game and dipped to 8-8 overall and 4-8 in the CCAA. San Bernardino improved to 16-3 overall and 11-1 in the CCAA as Cathleen Price chipped in 13 kills and hit .400, while Cristen Trent dished out a match-high 50 assists.

Chico State freshman Jamie Houle provided a spark for the Wildcats in a rare start, contributing seven kills, a team-high 12 digs, two aces, and a solo block. Meanwhile, Nicole Sweeny tallied seven kills and hit .312 and Samantha Seitz dished out 41 assists.

The Wildcats are back in action at home Saturday at 7 p.m. against Cal Poly Pomona, while San Bernardino travels to face UC Davis.

10/11/03
Chico snaps losing streak
CHICO - Meghan McKinney and Carli Ross each recorded double-doubles as the Chico State volleyball team snapped a five-match losing streak with a 3-1 win over Cal State Stanislaus in California Collegiate Athletic Association action Saturday night in Acker Gym. Game scores were 27-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-22.

Chico improves to 8-7 overall, 4-7 in conference play. Stanislaus has yet to win a match this season and stands at 0-16, 0-11 in CCAA action.

The Wildcats' McKinney notched 16 kills and 12 digs and Ross added 13 kills and 13 digs. Alexa Skjei ended the night with 12 kills and recorded five of the team's season-high 12 blocks. Darci Burton led the defense at the net with seven blocks. Senior Samantha Seitz did the setting, receiving 49 assists.

The Wildcats struggled in game one, trying to adapt to a new rotation, but had little trouble winning the next three games. The Wildcats outhit the Warriors .262 to .156 in the four games and took advantage of 15 service errors by Stanislaus.

Stacie Reyes led the Warriors with 15 kills, while teammate Lori Roos tallied 11 and Janelle Marinos ended with 10 kills. The Warriors got a team-high 14 digs from libero Katelyn Sabato and 12 digs from setter Eileen Moore, who recorded 49 assists.

Chico hosts Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona next Friday and Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

10/10/03
Chico State shutout by Bakersfield
CHICO - Cal State Bakersfield wasted no time downing the Chico State volleyball team in three games (30-24, 30-18, 30-15) in a match that lasted just under ninety minutes in Acker Gym tonight.

The loss was Chico State's fourth straight and drops its record to 7-7 overall, 3-7 in CCAA play. Cal State Bakersfield picked up it fourth win in a row and improves to 6-6 overall, 6-3 in the CCAA.

Jessica Slayton led the Roadrunners with 16 kills and nine digs. Sabrina Smart had 10 kills and hit .562 for the night. Lisa North, a Chico native, recorded 43 assists for Bakersfield.

The Wildcats top hitter was Darci Burton with 13 kills and Katie Heinz recorded a team-high nine digs. Chico State didn't get its usual performance from Stacey Clifton, who was held to just two kills and a negative hitting percentage.

The Roadrunners hit .371 in the match, including .467 in the deciding game. Chico hit .062 for the three games.

Chico needs to get back on track and has the opportunity tomorrow night when they host Cal State Stanislaus at 7:00.

10/04/03
Grand Canyon battles back to beat Wildcats in five
CHICO – Mandy Forrest collected a match-high 18 kills and nine blocks to lead Grand Canyon to a come-from-behind 30-28, 21-30, 24-30, 30-26, 15-10 victory over Chico State Saturday night in Acker Gymnasium.

Kim Gabriel finished with 14 kills and Melanie Vidoni chipped in 13 as the Antelopes improved to 4-10 overall and 3-6 in the CCAA. Gabriel also tallied with a match-high 19 digs.

Meghan McKinney led the Wildcats (7-6 overall, 3-6 CCAA) with 17 kills and 12 digs and Carli Ross came off the bench to contribute 11 kills and seven digs for Chico State, which played almost the entire match with Stacey Clifton due to injury.

Chico State is back in action Friday night when it hosts the nation's No. 1 team, Cal State San Bernardino. The Wildcats host Cal Poly Pomona Saturday. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.

10/03/03
No. 2 UC San Diego too much for Wildcats
CHICO – Stacy Dunsmore ripped a match-high 16 kills and was one of four UC San Diego players to hit .500 or better as the visiting Tritons defeated Chico State 30-24, 30-22, 30-15 Friday night in Acker Gym.

UC San Diego, ranked No. 2 in the nation entering the weekend, hit .409 as a team to dominate the match. Lindsay Crandell finished with 13 kills, Katie Hogan notched 10 kills, and Kendra Canape racked up a .643 hitting percentage with her nine kills. The Tritons improved to 13-2 overall and 7-1 in the CCAA.

Meghan McKinney led the Wildcats with 11 kills and 11 digs. Darci Burton chipped in eight kills and hit .500 for Chico State, which fell to 7-5 overall and 3-5 in the CCAA.

Chico State hosts Grand Canyon Saturday night at 7 o'clock.

10/01/03
Wildcats lose in five to UC Davis
CHICO – UC Davis' Kelly Gaudino made sure the Chico State volleyball team didn't stay unbeaten in five-game matches. Gaudino led all players and tied a career high with 28 kills, hit .375, and also dug out 21 balls to lift visiting UC Davis to a 26-30, 30-23, 26-30, 30-26, 15-10 victory over the Wildcats Wednesday night at Acker Gym.

Chico State was 4-0 in five-game matches entering Wednesday and 2-0 at home. Both of those streaks ended.

It was also a night to remember for UC Davis' Kim Vincent, who notched a career-high 19 kills and registered 12 digs to help the Aggies improve to 8-6 overall and 3-4 in the CCAA. Chico State, now 7-4 overall and 3-4 in the CCAA, was paced by Stacey Clifton's 23 kills and Katie Heinz's 26 digs. Darci Burton added 16 kills for Chico State, but the Wildcats couldn't stop UC Davis and its four players who hit .300 or better.

The Wildcats will be back in action at home this weekend when they face the No. 2 team in the nation, UC San Diego, Friday night at 7 o'clock. Grand Canyon will be in town to face the Wildcats Saturday night at 7 p.m.

09/27/03
Volleyball splits Southern California trip
LOS ANGELES – The Chico State volleyball team couldn't keep the momentum from a opening-game win and fell 26-30, 30-21, 30-21, 32-30 to host Cal State L.A. Saturday night at the Eagles Nest.

The Wildcats, 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the CCAA, dipped into a three-way tie for fifth place in the CCAA. Cal State L.A. improved to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the CCAA.

Stacey Clifton led the Wildcats with a match-high 25 kills and chipped in 12 digs. Meghan McKinney added 14 kills and 11 digs, while Katie Heinz led all players with 18 digs.

Chico State begins a seven-match home stretch against rival UC Davis Wednesday night at 7 o'clock.

09/26/03
Wildcats keep Dominguez Hills winless
CARSON – Stacey Clifton registered 22 kills and hit .320 as the Chico State women's volleyball team kept Cal State Dominguez Hills winless with a 30-25, 30-24, 24-30, 30-26 victory Friday night in front of 231 at the Torodome.

Chico State improved to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the CCAA. Dominguez Hills dropped to 0-12 and 0-5.

Meghan McKinney and Darci Burton chipped in 13 kills apiece for the Wildcats, while Alexa Skjei registered a match-high six blocks and Katie Heinz notched 13 digs.

09/20/03
Wildcats earn impressive sweep against Sonoma State
CHICO – Apparently, the Chico State volleyball team enjoys playing in Acker Gymnasium. The Wildcats completed a weekend sweep of CCAA competition with a 30-27, 30-26, 30-25 sweep of visiting Sonoma State Saturday night to improve to 2-0 at home.

Meghan McKinney backed up last night's career-high 16 kill effort with a team-high 14 kills in the three-game match. Stacey Clifton chipped in 11 kills and a team-high 12 digs, and Darci Burton finished with 10 kills, three aces, and four blocks. Chico State improved to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the CCAA.

Christine Shiba paced Sonoma State, now 6-5 overall and 1-3 in the CCAA, with 12 kills. Ashley Arriola led the Seawolves' defensive effort with a match-high 21 digs.

Chico State takes to the road next weekend to face Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday night and Cal State L.A. Saturday. The Wildcats' next home match is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 when they face rival UC Davis.

09/19/03
Wildcats win home opener in thrilling fashion
CHICO – The Chico State women's volleyball team let the match go on perhaps longer than it would have liked, but still escaped with a 30-28, 29-31, 30-13, 31-33, 15-12 victory over San Francisco State in its CCAA home opener Friday night at Acker Gym. It was first-year head coach Cody Hein's first home match.

Chico State's Stacey Clifton led all players with 21 kills and eight blocks, and Meghan McKinney gave the Wildcats a big lift off the bench with 16 kills, 14 digs, and a .481 hitting percentage. Katie Heinz led Chico State with 24 digs and Samantha Seitz chipped in 16 digs and a match-high 57 assists.

Krystle Davis and Aziza Bledsoe paced San Francisco State with 18 and 17 kills, respectively.

The Wildcats, who host Sonoma State Saturday night at 7 o'clock, improved to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the CCAA. San Francisco State dipped to 3-8 overall and 1-2 in the CCAA.

09/13/03
Wildcats drop pair of tough CCAA road matches
SAN BERNARDINO — The fourth-ranked team in the nation, Cal State, San Bernardino, held the Chico State women's volleyball team to just .076 hitting as the Wildcats dropped their second match of the weekend 30-18, 30-14, 30-20 Saturday night. On Friday night the Wildcats fell to Cal Poly Pomona 24-30, 30-26, 30-25, 30-25.

Against defending CCAA champion San Bernardino, the Wildcats never got in sync. Stacey Clifton, Carli Ross, Alexa Skjei, and Darci Burton led Chico State with six kills apiece, but the Wildcats had no answer for San Bernardino's .402 hitting percentage.

Friday, Chico State took the first game from Cal Poly Pomona, who the Wildcats tied for fourth in the final CCAA standings last season. However, the Broncos battled back to win the next three games and the match.

Clifton paced Chico State with 17 kills and Burton chipped in 12. Jamie Houle led Chico State with 14 digs and also notched 10 kills.

Chico State is back in action this weekend when it hosts San Francisco State in its home opener Friday night at 7 p.m.

09/08/03
Clifton named Molten CCAA Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK — Chico State outside hitter Stacey Clifton has been named the Molten California Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of September 2-7.

Clifton, a senior from George West, Texas, led the Wildcats to a perfect 4-0 season-opening weekend at the Western Oregon Invitational.

She tallied 26 kills on .377 hitting and added 14 digs, 2 service aces and a block solo in the Cats' four-game win over host Western Oregon. Clifton then had 20 kills, 16 digs, 5 blocks, 3 aces and 2 assists in a five-game win over Central Washington.

In Chico's five-game win over St. Martin's, Clifton racked up 19 kills, 25 digs, 5 blocks, 2 aces and 3 assists. She finished the tournament with a CCAA season-high 32 kills on .342 hitting, 20 digs, 4 aces and a block solo to power the Wildcats to a five-game win over Northwest Nazarene.

For the week, Clifton averaged 5.39 kills per game on .279 hitting (97-29-244). She also averaged 4.17 digs, 0.67 blocks, 0.61 service aces and 0.33 assists over 18 games.

09/06/03
Perfect 4-0 start to the season
MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Chico State volleyball team is rolling, sailing undefeated through the Western Oregon Tournament over the weekend. The Wildcats are now 4-0 under new Head Coach Cody Hein.

The Wildcats have kept it exciting. Three of the four matches went to five games. Chico opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Western Oregon, followed by a 3-2 victories over Central Washington, St. Martin's College, and Northwest Nazarene.

Stacey Clifton has been close to unstoppable. She had 20 or more kills in the first three matches, including 32 kills against Northwest Nazarene. In the final game she managed 19 kills, and offset that with 25 digs.

Against Central Washington Meghan McKinney tallied a double-double with 16 kills and 16 digs and Samantha Seitz did the bulk of the setting, picking up 38 assists.

In the Northwest Nazarene victory, freshman Jamie Houle recorded her first double-double with 15 kills and 14 digs. Five Wildcats had double-digit digs in the match. Darci Burton put down ten kills. Becky Stutte did the setting, receiving 56 assists.

In the final match against Saint Martin's, Nicole Sweeny had 11 kills, as all 14 Wildcats on the roster saw playing time in the match.

Libero Katie Heinz did her job throughout the tournament, averaging just under 20 kills per match.

09/05/03
Wildcats win season opener
MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Chico State volleyball team won its first match of the 2003 season with a win over tournament host Western Oregon, 3-1. Head Coach Cody Hein picked up his first win in his first attempt as new coach of the Wildcats.

Chico won the first two games, squeezing by 33-31 in the opener and 30-20 in game two. Western Oregon fought back taking game three, 30-24. But it was the Wildcats match, as they sealed the victory with a 30-28 win in game four.

Senior Stacey Clifton set the pace for the Wildcats, recording 26 kills and 14 digs. Her outstanding performance is no surprise to Wildcat followers. Clifton recorded double-digit kills in every match last year and ended the season with 16 double-doubles.

Chelsea Tyrrell had 12 kills and a game high six service aces for the ’Cats and Lindsey Karkula and Alexa Skjei each recorded eight kills. Libero Katie Heinz led all players with 18 digs in the backcourt and Becky Stutte and Samantha Seitz shared the setting duties each playing two games and each receiving 27 assists.

As a team the Wildcats outhit the Wolves .246 to .181. Chico’s best effort came the final game when the team hit .342 for the win.

Chico State takes on Central Washington at 5:00 tonight. On Saturday they play St. Martin’s College at 10:00, followed by Northwest Nazarene at 7:30 in the evening.