2005 Season Archive
Heydorff, the 2005 Volleyball Athlete of the Year in the San Gabriel Valley, will enter Chico State as a freshman after completing her prep volleyball at LaSalle High School in Pasadena. She currently plays for Santa Monica Beach Volleyball Club, where her team recently finished ninth out of 200 teams at the Volleyball Festival in Reno.
The six-foot, outside hitter was named First Team All-CIF Southern Section after her senior season and was a Second Team selection in 2003 and 2004. She is also a three-time First Team All-Sunshine League honoree.
"Gillian is a significant addition to our program and we feel very fortunate to land such a student-athlete this late in the process,” said Coach Hein.
Heydorff was recruited by several Division I programs and agreed last November to attend University of Portland. When that recently did not work out, Chico State jumped into the recruiting process in June and landed the talented prospect.“We had set our goals high for the 2006 season. Gillian's arrival simply gives us an additional outstanding weapon to help achieve those goals,” said Hein.
Zellmer, a 5’10” opposite side hitter, is a two-time All-Conference player out of San Joaquin Delta Junior College in Stockton, where she was a member of the 2005 team that advanced to the JC State Finals. She attended Oakdale High School, played her club years with Delta Valley VBC, and was a First Team All-American at the Junior Olympics in 2003.
"Breanne is an experienced and smart player who will provide additional offense on the right side. She hits the line shot really well, which generally leads to positive offensive production," said Coach Hein. "I actually tried to recruit Breanne out of high school. I've had my eye on her for a couple years."
Macias, from Irvine, is the first Chico State volleyball freshman to receive First Team All-Conference honors since Rachel Frausto did it in 1993 when the Wildcats were part of the Northern California Athletic Conference. Her 4.34 kills per game average is fifth on Chico State's all-time list and her 391 kills put her seventh on season list.
Brick's 11.76 assists per game puts her second on the Chico State season list, while her 1105 assists is the fourth best effort by a Chico State player. Brick is a native of Laguna Niguel and played club volleyball with Macias last year.
Chico State is the most improved team by record in the conference this season after turning around a 522 effort in 2004. Promising true freshmen Lindsay Macias and Erica Brick are two of the main reasons for that, but they aren't the only ones. There are only two seniors on this year's squad.
Saturday in Bakersfield, the Wildcats pushed the host Roadrunners early. But Bakersfield was simply too polished when it mattered most and won 30-26, 30-27, 30-19 to improve to 20-8 overall and 13-5 in the CCAA. Macias led Chico State with 12 kills, while Brick notched a team-best 14 digs.
Friday at Cal State L.A. (24-2, 16-2 CCAA), Chico State fell 30-20, 30-28, 30-19. Jaime Houle led the Wildcats with nine kills.
Against San Bernardino (15-6, 9-4 CCAA), games scores were 30-17, 30-24, 30-23.
Freshman outside hitter Lindsay Macias, second in kills in the CCAA and ranked 26th in the nation, recorded a team-high 12 kills and nine digs, while libero Lacy Stringfellow led the team with 14 digs. Setter Erica Brick had a match-high 27 assists, along with 11 digs.
Chico State hit just .030 as a team in the match, compared to .323 by the Coyotes. Lisa Dogonyaro had 16 kills and 14 digs for CSUSB and Traci Weamer added 11 kills and 10 digs.
On Saturday, the Wildcats (11-11, 6-8 CCAA) played the No. 17 ranked UC San Diego Tritons (18-5, 10-4 CCAA) tough, winning game one 30-25, but dropped the next three, 33-31, 30-22, 30-22.
The Wildcats, who recorded their fifth sweep of the season, improve to 11-9, 6-6 in CCAA play, and currently sit in the middle of the conference standings. The Warriors drop to 4-13 overall, 1-11 in conference.
Kelly Smiland led the Wildcats with 11 kills, hitting at a .421 clip. Erica Brick recorded 29 assists and Amanda Zvolanek led all players with 10 digs.
Chico hit .233 as a team, including .367 in game three, compared to the Warriors .089 for the match.
The Wildcats travel to CSU San Bernardino and UC San Diego next weekend.
Chico State, now 10-9 overall and 5-6 in the CCAA, benefited from a great overall team effort. Macias (17), Houle (15), and Kelly Smiland (10) each registered double-figures in kills. Whitney Johnson, meanwhile, banged out nine kills to go along with a team-high seven blocks. Erica Brick dished out a match-high 45 assists. On the defensive side of things, Lacy Stringfellow dug 13 balls and Amanda Ley dug 10.
Kellie Francis paced Pomona with 17 kills. Breezie Jordan and Kiting Kolar shared match-high honors with 16 digs apiece. Allison Anderson, meanwhile, just missed a double-double with 11 blocks and nine kills.
Blocks, in fact, may have been the difference Saturday. The Broncos pounded down 18.5 blocks, compared to Chico State's 10. If blocks weren't the difference, Cal Poly Pomona's Anderson was. The 6-foot-1 senior middle blocker dominated the net in the fifth game with three kills and three blocks. She hit .500 in the game. Pomona hit .385 as a team, while Chico State hit minus-.235.
The Wildcats made it to that fifth game due in large part to Houle's heroics. The 6-foot junior middle blocker hit .500, hammered seven kills, and notched two service aces in the third game. She followed that up by hitting .500 with four kills and two more service aces in the fourth game. Houle finished with a match-high hitting percentage of .393 and seven aces.
Chico State is back in action next Saturday when it travels to take on Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock at 7 p.m. The Wildcats return home for their final two matches in Acker Gym Nov. 4-5 against Sonoma State and Cal State Monterey Bay, respectively.
The Coyotes played solid defense, registering nine blocks and limiting the Wildcats to a .110 hitting percentage, to improve to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the CCAA.
Chico State fell to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in the CCAA. Nevertheless, the Wildcats registered 56 digs to stay within striking distance in all three games. Lindsay Macias led the way with 14 digs, while fellow freshman Erica Brick chipped in 10. Macias and Megan Cape led Chico State with nine kills apiece.
Amy Long finished with a match-high 13 kills and hit .455 for the visiting Coyotes. Jessica Nelthorpe added 11 kills. Cal State San Bernardino has now won nine straight matches, the last four via three-game sweeps.
The Wildcats dominated the first game, to the delight of 503 fans. However, led by Nicole Courtney’s 20 kills and 13 digs, UC San Diego earned the victory.
The Tritons improved to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA with the victory. Chico State dipped to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in the CCAA.
Lindsay Macias led the Wildcats with 11 kills, and also chipped in 11 digs. Whitney Johnson notched 10 kills and four blocks. Meanwhile, freshman setter Erica Brick led all Wildcats with 12 digs to go along with her 34 assists.
Brianna Koche finished with 12 kills for the Tritons. Laura Watkins notched a match-best 22 digs.
Chico State is back in action Saturday when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino, ranked No. 2 in the nation, at 1:00.
Macias led all players with 16 kills, Cape added 12, and Brick dished out 46 assists to go along with her seven kills. Chico State improved to 2-1 in CCAA action and 7-4 overall. Cal State Stanislaus dipped to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the CCAA.
The Wildcats hit .346 in the first game while holding Stanislaus to minus-.250 in a dominant effort. In the crucial third game, Chico State hit .536. For the match, the Wildcats outhit Cal State Stanislaus .260 to .067.
Abbey Ranzau led Chico State’s balanced defensive effort with seven digs. Brick and Becky Stutte notched six digs apiece.
Kelli Costello led Cal State Stanislaus with 12 kills and Liz Sloan banged out 11. Melissa Nickas tallied a game-high eight digs.
Chico State is home again to face UC San Diego Friday night at 7 p.m. and Cal State San Bernardino Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Wildcats improved to 6-4 on the season despite 10 straight road matches. They play their home opener Saturday night at 7 o'clock against Cal State Stanislaus
In Saturday's victory, freshman Lindsay Macias pounded out 19 kills and hit .471 to pace the offense. Megan Cape added 10 kills and Jamie Houle notched eight, as the Wildcats hit .301 as a team. Erica Brick dished out 50 assists. Chico State tallied 47 digs, led by Lacy Stringfellow's 14 and Cape's 10. Whitney Johnson led the team with four blocks.
On Friday, the Wildcats faced a tough challenge against Cal Poly Pomona, which is undefeated this season and off to its best start ever. Although Chico State lost the match 3-1, they forced game two into extra points and won game three. Chico's defense was again strong, limiting the Broncos to a .197 hitting percentage thanks to 58 digs.
Stringfellow led the Wildcats with 16 digs and Brick chipped in 13 to go along with her match-high 44 assists. Macias and Kelly Smiland led the offense with 16 kills apiece.
Chico State opened the day with a 30-25, 30-24, 30-26 loss to Western Washington, but bounced back to defeat Alaksa Fairbanks 30-22, 30-28, 30-20. True freshman Lindsay Macias continued her torrent start with 14 kills en route to the Wildcats' victory. Whitney Johnson chipped in 11 kills.
Behind Macias' .440 hitting percentage, the Wildcats outhit Alaska Fairbanks .265 to .073.
Chico State, which finished 5-22 last season, will open CCAA action next weekend at Cal Poly Pomona and Dominguez Hills before opening up its 2005 home schedule Sept. 17 against Cal State Stanislaus.
The Wildcats dropped to 3-2 on the season, while Seattle Pacific improved to 4-1.
Whitney Johnson led the Wildcats with 12 kills, but the team hit just .106 compared to .339 by SPU. Lacy Stringfellow had 10 digs, Erica Brick recorded 27 assists and Jamie Houle led all players with four blocks.
Chico opened the tournament beating host Monterey Bay in five games (32-30, 30-26, 22-30, 28-30, 19-17). Freshman Lindsay Macias was the big hitter for the 'Cats recording 23 kills and recording 18 digs. Jamie Houle added 15 kills and six blocks. Freshman Erica Brick did the setting with 54 assists.
Chico's only loss of the tournament came in the late game on Friday when they fell to Vanguard University 3-1 (33-31, 28-30, 29-31, 28-30). Macias hit at a .362 clip, tallying 28 kills and 13 digs. Libero Lacy Stringfellow led the squad with 16 digs.
The Wildcats came back on Saturday to blank Charleston 3-0 (30-22, 30-16, 30-22). Macias recorded 20 kills, hitting at just under .400. Brick had 43 assists and Stringfellow led all players with 17 digs.
In the 'Cats final match of the tournament, they beat Humboldt State 3-1 (33-31, 33-31, 27-30, 30-25). Freshman Megan Cape had 15 kills and led the team with 19 digs. Houle finished with 12 kills and Samantha Davis recorded 10. Macias, who played in just two games, recorded 15 kills for a total of 86 in the four matches, and was named to the All-Tournament Team, as was Stringfellow.
Houle ended the tournament with 43 kills and Whitney Johnson finished with 32. Brick tallied 205 assists (12.81 per game).
The Wildcats travel to a tournament in Seattle next weekend for a final tune-up before conference play begins.
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.”