Volleyball signs four for 2005 season
The Chico State volleyball team announced the signings of four freshman players to National Letters of Intent to join the Wildcats for the 2005 fall season.

Erica Brick, a four-year setter for Aliso Niguel High School, was named All- Sea View League for four seasons and currently sets for the traditionally strong Laguna Beach Volleyball Club. Current Chico State players Lacy Stringfellow and Lindsay Macias also were members of that club team.

“Erica was the top setter on our recruiting list,” said Wildcat head coach Cody Hein. “We'll be a significantly deeper, stronger, and more versatile team with Erica here.”

Abbey Ranzau was named MVP as an outside hitter at Sonoma High School last year, but her solid ball control and variety of effective serves will move her to a back row position with the Wildcats.

“When my assistant Julie Allen and I talked about what we needed in our recruits, it kept coming back to passion for the game,” said Hein. “When Abbey came on her trip here she clearly demonstrated that energetic and passion we are looking for.”

Lisa Bachtold, an opposite side hitter from Northgate High School earned First-Team All-Conference and led her team to the Nor-Cal Semifinals. Bachtold, from Walnut Creek is a four-time North Coast Scholar Athlete.

“Lisa makes us stronger on the right side with her solid blocking, effective line hitting and ability to run the 'X',” said Hein. “If our middles are effective as I believe they will be, Lisa has an opportunity to shine in her career as a Wildcat.”

Kelly Similand is a First-Team All-CIF Southern Section Division IV selection and league MVP from Flintridge Prep Academy in Pasadena. The outside hitter led her team to the CIF Southern Section Division IV finals last season and was named the 2004 San Gabriel Star News Player of the Year.

“We're loading up on young outside hitters who can pass, play tenacious defense, block the slide well and terminate the ball when we need it,” said Hein. “Kelly fits this mold and we anticipate her succeeding at this level of play.”

Wildcats sign top recruit
Lindsay Macias, a First Team All-CIF South Section volleyball player from Irvine, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for the Chico State Wildcats next fall.

Macias, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter, currently plays for the traditionally strong Laguna Beach Volleyball Club, and recently completed her prep volleyball at Northwood High School.

As a two time All-Pacific Coast League and All-City player, Macias led the team in her junior year to the CIF Southern Section Championship game and the State Quarterfinals.

“Lindsay fits in perfectly with what we are looking for from every recruit--passion and toughness, as well as filling the specific need of a terminating outside hitter,” said Head Coach Cody Hein. “Plus, she's a great kid who will add a lot to the program off the court too. We expect her to make an immediate impact in a lot of areas for us.”

Karkula earns Second Team All-CCAA honor
Chico State's Lindsey Karkula has earned Second Team All-CCAA volleyball honors it was announced Wednesday. Karkula, a senior from Sanger, averaged 2.7 kills and 2.6 digs per game, while finishing second on the team with 28 service aces.

Lindsey has been a great player and a great leader for this team, said Chico State head coach Cody Hein. I'm really happy for her because she's very deserving of this honor.

Tough competition on final roadtrip
LOS ANGELES - The Chico State volleyball team ran into some serious competition in its final weekend roadtrip of the CCAA season. Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State L.A. are both in contention for postseason bids and needed to win to be considered. The Wildcats lost both contests, falling 3-0 to Bakersfield and 3-1 to L.A.

The Wildcats end the 2004 campaign with a record of 5-22 overall, 4-14 in CCAA play.

On Friday, Bakersfield used a balanced attack with no one player recording more than nine kills to down the 'Cats. Lindsey Karkula led Chico with 10 kills, while libero Lacy Stringfellow had 11 digs and setter Becky Stutte had 10 digs and 26 assists. The Wildcats had eight team blocks, including five by middle Jamie Houle.

On Saturday, Cal State L.A. had three players in double-digit kills and hit .316 as a team to knock off the Wildcats. Karkula again led the 'Cats with 17 kills. Meghan McKinney recorded 17 digs and Stutte had 14 digs and 35 assists.

Volleyball loses heartbreaker in home finale
CHICO, Calif. – Tina Mesquita's two service aces were part of a six-point run that gave visiting Sonoma State University a 6-1 lead in game five, and the Seawolves went on to ruin Chico State's season home finale with a 24-30, 27-30, 30-24, 30-18, 15-9 victory Saturday night.

Lindsey Karkula hit .341 and led the Wildcats with 16 kills, while fellow senior Meghan McKinney notched 14 kills. It was the final home match for both players, along with Kirsten Ray, who had nine digs. Karkula and Lacy Stringfellow led the Wildcats with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Mesquita dished out 55 assists to go along with six aces and nine digs for Sonoma State. Megan Dierker led the way with 16 kills, while Lindsay Webb and Mindy Orth notched 13 apiece. Lauren Ognibene led all players with 23 digs.

Volleyball downs Otters in three
CHICO - Three Wildcats recorded double-digit kills as the Chico State volleyball team downed visiting CSU Monterey, 3-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association match tonight in Acker Gym. Game scores were 33-31, 30-21 and 30-18.

With the win, Chico State improves its record to 5-19 overall, 4-11 in CCAA play. Monterey Bay is now 2-22 overall, and remains winless in conference at 0-15.

Sophomore Jamie Houle was on fire all night, tallying 15 kills in 29 attempts and just two errors (.448). She also had five service aces for the third time this season. As a team, the Wildcats finished the match with 11 services aces to Monterey's four.

Meghan McKinney notched her team-high 13th double-double of the year with a season-high 23 digs and 10 kills. Lindsey Karkula recorded her sixth double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs. Whitney Johnson led all players with seven blocks.

For Monterey Bay, outside hitter Nani Momoa led the squad with 10 kills. Brittany Etchings had nine kills and 15 digs and libero Jennifer Holda led the Otters with 18 digs.

Chico plays its final home match of the season tomorrow night when they host Sonoma State at 7:00. Prior to the match, the Wildcats three seniors will be honored.

Volleyball loses in three to No. 7 San Bernardino
SAN BERNARDINO - The Wildcats concluded their toughest roadtrip of the season with a 3-0 loss to No. 7 Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday night.

Ranked No. 2 in the Pacific Region, the Coyotes used 12 players as they won 30-24, 30-19 and 30-20. CSUSB hit .283 for the match to .107 for the Wildcats, who are now 3-9 in the CCAA and 4-17 overall.

The Wildcats' Lindsey Karkula posted a double-double for Chico State with a match-high 11 kills and 11 digs. Setter Becky Stutte had 31 assists. Freshman Whitney Johnson had nine kills for Chico.

Brianna Harris led the Coyotes with 10 kills, eight digs and three blocks. Setter Cristen Trent had 34 assists, seven digs, five kills and three blocks, one solo. Cathleen Price had a match-high 13 digs and five blocks.

The sweep was the ninth straight for CSUSB, which has outscored opponents 62-8 in 22 matches. The Coyotes, 12-1 in the CCAA and 20-2 overall, have won 11 straight matches and take on No. 2 UC San Diego on Wednesday to determine the top team in the conference.

Volleyball squad swept by No. 2 UC San Diego
LA JOLLA, Calif - The No.2 ranked UC San Diego women’s volleyball team swept Chico State 30-19, 30-24, 30-17 on Friday night in RIMAC Arena. With the win, the Tritons improve to 22-1 overall, 12-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Chico State falls to 4-16, 3-8 CCAA. UCSD won its 13th consecutive match and eighth consecutive sweep.

Chico State was led by Whitney Johnson who notched 10 kills. Lacey Stringfellow added 15 digs and Becky Stutte added 24 assists and 12 digs.

Chico State is back in action against another tough opponent Saturday night when it visits CSU, San Bernardino.

Wildcats win in three over Grand Canyon
CHICO, Calif.- The Chico State volleyball team had three players record double-digit kills as the Wildcats downed visiting Grand Canyon University 3-0 tonight in Acker Gym in a nonconference match.

Game one was a back-and-forth affair with Chico coming out on top 30-28. In game two the Wildcats dominated to easily beat the 'Lopes 30-18, but Grand Canyon jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in game three before Chico woke up and battled back to win the final 33-31.

The win breaks a three-game losing streak for the 'Cats and improves their record to 4-15 overall. Grand Canyon falls to 4-11 overall.

Lindsey Karkula and Meghan McKinney led the offense with 13 kills each and Jamie Houle added 12 more as the Wildcats hit at a .243 clip as a team. Karkula recorded a match-high five service aces and McKinney tallied 11 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Libero Lacy Stringfellow led the Wildcats with 19 digs and setter Becky Stutte had 18 digs to go with her 41 assists.

Kim Gabriel was the top hitter for the 'Lopes with 13 kills and 11 digs and the only player to reach double figures in kills. Libero Ashley Handley led all players with 20 digs. Krista Jacob ended the match with 12 digs and setter Megan Taylor tallied 25 assists.

Shorthanded Wildcats fall to visiting Cal State Stanislaus
CHICO, Calif. – Playing without the services of the team leader in kills and digs, Meghan McKinney, the Chico State volleyball team fell to visiting Cal State Stanislaus 30-26, 18-30, 33-31, 30-21 Wednesday night at Acker Gymnasium. McKinney is out with an ankle injury.

The Wildcats played well in spurts without their leader, but 15 receiving errors along with seven ball-handling errors cost the team dearly. With the loss, Chico State dipped to 3-15 overall and 3-7 in the CCAA. Cal State Stanislaus improved to 5-13 overall and 2-8 in conference action.

The visiting Warriors were led by Kelli Costello's 13 kills and Melissa Nickas' 19 digs.

Lindsay Karkula led three Wildcats in double-figures with 13 kills. Whitney Johnson notched 11 and Claire Holloway chipped in 10. But no Chico State player hit above .250 and the Wildcats hit .126 as a team, including .037 in the opening game and .031 in the third game. Lacy Stringfellow led the way defensively with 16 kills, while Karkula and Amanda Ley added 14 apiece. Samantha Davis and Johnson led Chico State with four blocks each.

The Wildcats host former conference member Grand Canyon University on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Bakersfield Smartens up against Chico State
CHICO, Calif. - The Cal State Bakersfield women's volleyball team had seen its two-game lead dwindle to 2-1 and then found itself trailing 20-18 in the fourth game. That's when the visiting Roadrunners did something smart. They got the ball to Sabrina Smart. Smart had four kills as Bakersfield turned a 20-18 deficit into a 24-21 lead en route to a 31-29, 30-13, 22-30, 30-21 victory at Chico State Saturday night.

Meghan McKinney notched her second double-double in as many nights for the Wildcats, who also got 16 digs apiece from Becky Stutte and Lacy Stringfellow. Nevertheless, Chico State dipped to 3-14 overall and 3-6 in the CCAA.

Smart hit .393 for the Roadrunners and garnered 15 kills. Jodi Hardin led all players with 17 kills. Lindsay Long dug out a match-high 22 balls, and Mystie McNaughton chipped in 21 digs as the Roadrunners improved to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the CCAA.

Chico State is back in action Wednesday night when it hosts Cal State Stanislaus at 7 p.m.

Chico State can't complete rally, falls 3-1
CHICO, Calif. - Meghan McKinney and Lindsay Karkula each tallied double-doubles, but the Chico State volleyball team couldn't overcome Te'Ara Epps' 19 kills and .548 hitting percentage and Cal State L.A. won 30-20, 30-17, 17-30, 30-28 Friday night at Acker Gym.

Leslie Smith chipped in 14 kills for the visiting Golden Eagles, while Tiare Tuitama dug a game-high 16 balls and dished out 49 assists. Cal State L.A. improved to 10-7 overall and 4-4 in the CCAA, while Chico State fell to 3-13 overall and 3-5 in conference action.

McKinney paced Chico State with 15 kills, Karkula had 10, Jamie Houle eight and Whitney Johnson seven. Lacy Stringfellow led all Wildcats with 14 digs, and Becky Stutte dished out 37 assists.

The Wildcats host Cal State Bakersfield Saturday at 7 p.m.

Wildcats come from behind to win in five games
SEASIDE, Calif. - The Chico State volleyball team rallied back from a two-game deficit, winning the final three, for a 3-2 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay on the road Saturday night.

The Otters jumped out early, winning games the first two games 30-27 and 30-25, but Chico State came back to take games three and four 30-24 and 31-29 to force the 15-point fifth game, which the 'Cats won 15-10.

The Wildcats are now 3-12 overall, 3-4 in CCAA play. Monterey Bay falls to 2-12 overall, 0-7 in conference action.

Meghan McKinney led the charge with 18 kills and 10 digs, while teammate Lindsey Karkula also recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Whitney Johnson tallied a match-high eight blocks to go along with her 11 kills. Jamie Houle was the final Wildcat in double-digit kills with 11 in the match.

Next up for Chico State is home matches against Cal State L.A. on Friday, Oct. 8 and Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Houle's 18 kills not enough for Chico State
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Jamie Houle registered a team-high 18 kills and Meghan McKinney registered 16, but it wasn't enough to lift the Chico State volleyball team past host Sonoma State Friday night.

The host Seawolves won 32-30, 35-30, 30-19, 30-24 behind a balanced attack. Erin Manley led five Seawolves in double-figures with 18 kills.

The first game was the closest of the night, and when Claire Holloway pounded out a kill to make it 30-29 Chico State, it seemed as though their might be an upset in the making. But Sonoma State scored three consecutive points to win.

Chico State won the second game, but fell apart after that, falling to 2-12 overall and 2-4 in the CCAA. Sonoma State improved to 8-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

Lindsay Karkula led the Wildcats with 23 digs, Whitney Johnson registered five blocks, and Becky Stutte dished out 48 assists.

Chico State is back in action Saturday night when it travels to Cal State Monterey Bay.

Wildcats down Stanislaus in three on the road
TURLOCK, Calif. – The Chico State volleyball team won its second-straight match with a 3-0 win over Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock on Wednesday night. Game scores were 30-20, 30-16, and 30-24.

The Wildcats improve to 2-11 overall, 2-3 in CCAA play. The Warriors fall to 3-10, 0-5 in conference.

Meghan McKinney recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 16 kills and 10 digs. Lindsey Karkula had 11 kills and Lacy Stringfellow led both teams with 12 digs. Jamie Houle tallied five service aces for the 'Cats and Beckly Stutte ended with 35 assists and 10 digs.

The Warrior's Liz Sloan had 13 kills and was the only Stanislaus player with double-digit kills. Melissa Nickas led the Warriors with 11 digs.

The Warriors’ team hitting was just .055 (38 kills, 31, errors, 127 total
attacks) compared to the Wildcats’ .288 hitting percentage (42-12-104).

Wildcats pick up first victory of the season
CHICO, Calif. – Chico State's Meghan McKinney recorded 17 kills and 20 digs to lead the Chico State volleyball team to its first victory of the season with a 3-1 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills in California Collegiate Athletic Association action on Saturday night in Acker Gym.

The Wildcats won the first game of the contest 30-28, dropped game two 30-24, but won the final two games 30-25 and 30-28 for the victory. Chico State is now 1-11 overall, 1-3 in CCAA play. Dominguez Hills stands at 8-5 overall, 1-3 in conference.

Along with McKinney, Lindsey Karkula also recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs. Jamie Houle tallied 14 kills and Whitney Johnson finished with 12. Setter Becky Stutte recorded 52 assists and 13 digs, while libero Kirsten Ray led the squad with 21 digs.

The Toro's Tiare Alailima led all players with 22 kills and teammates Christine Tran and Vivian Maxie also recorded double-digit kills, finishing with 12 and 10, respectively. Libero Sylvia Bonilla and setter Ashley Sutherland led the Toros with 17 digs apiece. Sutherland tallied 43 assists and Maxie led all players with four service aces.

The Wildcats travel to Cal State Stanislaus on Wednesday, September 22 for a 7:00 match.

Chico State falls in three to Pomona
CHICO, CA – Meghan McKinney notched another double-double with 12 kills and a dozen digs, but the Chico State volleyball team remained winless as Cal Poly Pomona swept the Wildcats 30-22, 30-21, 30-23 Friday night at Acker Gym.

Kellie Francis tallied a match-high 14 kills, while Allison Anderson hit .520 and pounded out 13 kills for Cal Poly Pomona, which improved to 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the CCAA. The Broncos also received 11 kills from Christina Gordon, 11 digs from Kiting Kolar, and 34 assists from Emily Kennedy.

Chico State, now 0-11 overall and 0-3 in CCAA action, got a match-high 13 digs from Kirsten Ray. Nevertheless, the Wildcats failed to capitalize on a big opportunity in the opening game. Chico State actually led 17-16 before watching the visiting Broncos dominate the rest of the game. Cal Poly Pomona held the momentum from that point on.

Chico State will look to get into the win column Saturday night when it hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills at 7 p.m.

No. 2 UC San Diego sweeps Chico State
CHICO, CA - Facing one of the top teams in the nation for the second straight night, the Chico State volleyball team was swept, but the youthful Wildcats also showed a lot of promise once again. Chico State fell to No. 2 UC San Diego 30-24, 30-19, 30-18, but sophomore Jamie Houle and freshman Jenna Muhlenburg were both outstanding at times.

UC San Diego, now 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA, got 40 assists from Teresa Ohta, who also chipped in 10 digs. Bonnie Wilson led four Tritons in double-figures in kills with 12. Kendra Canape, who hit .500, and Katie Hogan, had 11 kills apiece. Lindsay Crandell had 10 kills. Wilson and Stacy Dunsmore finished with a match-high 13 hits apiece.

Houle led the Wildcats with a .368 hitting percentage and pounded out 10 kills to go along with a pair of blocks. Muhlenburg, who only played in two games, had seven kills. Becky Stutte finished with 26 assists and 11 digs, while Lacy Stringfellow notched 10 digs. Freshman Whitney Johnson knocked out a match-high five blocks.

The Wildcats are back in action at home next weekend as they host Cal Poly Pomona Friday night and Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday night. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.

Wildcats drop home opener to No. 6 San Bernardino
CHICO, CA – The Chico State volleyball team played its home opener Friday at Acker Gym. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, their guests, 6th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino, didn't give the home crowd much to cheer about. The visiting Coyotes swept Chico State 30-23, 30-24, 30-26 behind Amy Long's match-high 15 kills in the CCAA opener for both teams.

San Bernardino improved to 8-1 overall with the win. The Wildcats, meanwhile, remain winless on the season at 0-9. It doesn't get easier for Chico State, which will play host to No. 2 UC San Diego Saturday night at 7 p.m. San Bernardino travels to Cal State Stanislaus.

Nevertheless, there were some bright spots for Chico State Friday night. Meghan McKinney led the Wildcats with 13 kills and matched Lindsey Karkula with 10 digs. Freshman Whitney Johnson notched a pair of blocks and six kills. Karkula's ferocious jump serve netted her three aces and junior setter Becky Stutte finished with 21 assists.

Leading the way in digs for San Bernardino was Jessica Nelthorpe with 13. Cristen Trent notched 34 assists. Brianna Harris, meanwhile, hit .467 on seven kills and registered three blocks. Cathleen Price led all players with five blocks.

Volleyball team continues to struggle
ELLENSBURG, WA – Tough early-season scheduling continued to take its toll on the young Chico State volleyball squad as the Wildcats dropped four matches at the 2004 Rodeo City Invitational hosted by Central Washington University over the weekend. Chico State is now 0-8 overall.

The Wildcats were swept by Western Oregon, Northwest Nazarene, and twice by Central Washington despite strong efforts from a number of players.

Sophomore Jamie Houle recorded 44 kills and nine blocks over the weekend. Junior setter Becky Stutte dished out 112 assists. One of three seniors on the team, Meghan McKinney, notched 38 kills and 37 digs. Freshman Lacey Stringfellow led the way with 55 digs. And senior Lindsay Karkula was strong all around, notching 39 digs, 22 kills, five blocks, and four service aces.

Wildcats lose four in San Diego
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The Chico State volleyball team had some good individual performances at the UC San Diego Tournament, but the Wildcats failed to win a game in their four matches.

In the Friday opener, junior Meghan McKinney recorded her first double-double of the year with 19 kills and 10 digs in the Wildcats lose to Seattle Pacific University. Junior Jamie Houle recorded 11 kills, eight digs, and three aces, and freshman libero Lacey Stringfellow tallied a match-high 19 digs. Becky Stutte did the setting, picking up 34 assists on the Wildcats' 43 kills.

Against Seattle University, McKinney again led the offense with 15 kills and Houle recorded 10. Defensively Stringfellow had 15 digs and Amanda Zvolanek tallied 13 digs. Stutte ended the match with 30 assists and 11 digs.

On Saturday's match verses Barry University, Houle and Jenna Muhlenburg each had 10 kills and Stutte led the defense with 13 digs to go with her 26 assists.

In the Wildcats' final match, against Western Washington, McKinney was back on track with 14 kills and 17 digs. Stringfellow had 18 digs and Zvolanek added 10.

Chico State travels Ellensburg, Washington, for the Central Washington Tournament on Sep. 3-4. Wildcats will play Western Oregon, Northwest Nazarene, and host Central Washington, twice.

Wildcats lose opener at San Diego Tournament
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The Chico State volleyball team lost its season opener to Seattle Pacific, 3-0 (31-29, 30-28, 30-20), at the UC San Diego Tournament. The Wildcats face Seattle University later today and Barry University and Western Washington on Saturday.

Junior Meghan McKinney recorded her first double-double of the year with 19 kills and 10 digs. Junior Jamie Houle recorded 11 kills and eight digs and freshman libero Stacey Stringfellow tallied a match-high 19 digs. Becky Stutte did the setting, picking up 34 assists on the Wildcats' 43 kills.

The Wildcats were beaten at the net, where Seattle Pacific notched 11 team blocks to just one by Chico State.

Wildcats kick off 2004 campaign with plenty of new faces
The Chico State volleyball team will begin the 2004 season with a roster full of new names. After losing nine of his fourteen players from last years team, head coach Cody Hein has brought in eight freshman and one junior college transfer to fill the void.

The Wildcats open the season with a two-day, four-match tournament in San Diego, August 27-28, and then travel to Central Washington University in Ellensburg for the Rodeo City Invitational, September 3-4.

Chico opens its home season with matches against the top two team in the CCAA last season. The Wildcats take on CCAA Champion Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, Sept. 10, and runner-up UC San Diego on Saturday. All Chico State home matches begin at 7:00.