2006 Season Archive

Wildcats sign middle hitter for 2007 season
CHICO, Calif. – Crystal Trifeletti has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Chico State beginning next season, Wildcats head coach Cody Hein announced recently. Trifeletti is a 6-foot middle hitter from Oak Ridge High School and played club ball with the Gold Cal Juniors.

“We’re really excited about this signing,” said Hein. “Crystal’s skills fit in nicely with the system we run in the middle. In this year’s recruiting class we were in need of middle hitters and some height. She is active enough to run all of the sets in our playbook – and should be able to early in her career – and her blocking should significantly help us as well.”

Trifeletti earned First Team All-Sierra League honors last season after helping lead Oak Ridge to its second straight section title match. She averaged 4.7 kills and 2.4 blocks per match while leading the Trojans to a 38-6 record.

“Crystal was sought after by some good D-I programs. Knowing the resources, facilities and staff that some of these schools have, we feel fortunate that she chose Chico State,” said Hein. “It is clear that the overall ‘Chico experience’, and specifically the special student-athletes in our program, had a profound effect on her decision.”

The Wildcats finished 21-6 last season, compiling their most wins since 1993 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament. A dozen players are set to return from that team, including All-Pacific Region players Erica Brick, Lindsay Macias, and Gillian Heydorff.

Erica Brick named Third Team All-American;
Jamie Houle receives Honorable Mention
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Postseason honors continue to come in for the Chico State volleyball team. In a recent announcement from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), Chico State setter Erica Brick was named to the 2006 AVCA Division II All-America Third-Team and teammate Jamie Houle earned Honorable Mention.

Brick, a sophomore, led the CCAA with 12.45 assists per game, placing her 19th in the nation in the final 2006 NCAA statistics. She became just the second player in Chico State history to record back-to-back 1,000- assist seasons. She also led the team with 52 service aces, putting her third among all CCAA players in service aces per game.

Houle wrapped up her four years at Chico State with the best numbers of her career. She pounded out 3.43 kills per game and led the team with a .312 hitting percentage and 53 blocks. Houle Is the program’s all-time leader with 136 service aces, and ranks among the school’s career top 10 in kills, kills per game, attacks, attack percentage, service aces per game, block assists, total blocks, and games played.

The Wildcats ended the 2006 season with a record of 21-6 and made their first regional appearance since 1992. Chico State won its first regional match over Seattle Pacific, before losing in the semi-finals to host Cal State San Bernardino. The Wildcats are ranked No. 16 in the final national poll.

Wildcats selected to All-Pacific Region team
What has been perhaps the best season in the history of Chico State volleyball got a little better with the release of the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-Pacific Region team. Jaime Houle, Lindsay Macias, and Erica Brick each earned First Team honors and Gillian Heydorff was named the region’s Freshman of the Year. “This is a great way to wrap up a great season,” said Chico State head coach Cody Hein. “I’m proud of each one of these individuals for what they’ve accomplished individually and I’m especially proud because the honors are a direct result of what we accomplished as a team this season.”

Led by the aforementioned foursome, the Wildcats recorded the best start in school history at 15-1 and finished 21-6, posting the second highest winning percentage in the program’s history. Perhaps most importantly, the Wildcats posted the first NCAA Championship Tournament victory ever.

Houle, the team’s lone senior, elevated her game for her final season. She pounded out 3.43 kills per game and led the team with a .312 hitting percentage and 53 blocks. The honor provides a fitting end to Houle’s illustrious four-year career. Is the program’s all-time leader with 136 service aces, and ranks among the school’s career top 10 in kills, kills per game, attacks, attack percentage, service aces per game, block assists, total blocks, and games played.

Macias, already a two-time First Team All-CCAA performer as a sophomore, earned her first All-Region award Wednesday. She led the Wildcats with 3.82 kills per game and finished second on the team with 3.36 digs per game. Macias was a benefactor of Brick’s setting. The sophomore setter ranked 13th in the nation with 12.65 assists per game this season while becoming just the second player in Chico State history to record back-to-back 1,000-assist seasons.

Heydorff, who also earned CCAA Freshman of the Year honors, started 25 matches this season and saw action in all 27. She finished third behind Houle and Macias with 2.73 kills per game and also notched 3.1 digs per game.

AVCA All-Pacific Region selections
S - Erica Brick, Chico State, So.
MB - Sharea Drawn, Cal State San Bernardino, Jr.
OH - Alyssa Given, Seattle Pacific, Jr.
RS/Opp – Jessica Granados, Cal State San Bernardino, So.
MB – Jamie Houle, Chico State, Sr.
OH – Lindsay Macias, Chico State, So.
S – LeeAnn Mapu, BYU-Hawaii, So.
MB – Barbara Martin, Hawaii Pacific, Sr.
RS/Opp - Kristin Pasley, Central Washington University, Sr.
OH - Michelle Peters, BYU- Hawaii, Jr.
DS/Lib. - Courtney Schneider, Western Washington University, Jr.
S - Jenna Von Moos, Seattle Pacific University, Sr.

Region Coach of the Year: Tom Black, UC San Diego

Honorable Mention:  Rachel Biornstad (Seattle Pacific, MB, Jr.), Luana Cavalcanti (Cal State L.A., OH, Sr.), Noelle Filimoeatu (BYU-Hawai’i, OH, Jr.), Meghan Haas (Cal State San Bernardino, DS/Lib, So.), Katie Hatch-Kinser (Cal State San Bernardino, RS/Opp, Jr.), Rachael Schurman, (Central Washington, MB, So.)

2006 NCAA Pacific Regional
Nov. 9-11
hosted by Cal State San Bernardino

Wildcats' record-setting season comes to an end
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Every great season comes to an end and that finale for the Chico State volleyball team came in the semi-final match of the 2006 NCAA Pacific Regional Tournament. It was an incredible run by a group of athletes who knew, even if a team might be stronger on paper, they’d have a hard time matching the Wildcats’ passion and heart.

Match after match this season the Wildcats used talent, grit, and heart to knock off tough opponents, leading to a school record 11-straight wins, including a 3-0 victory over eventual Pacific Region Champion UC San Diego. The Wildcats recorded the best start in school history at 15-1 and finished the season 21-6, the most wins for a Chico State team since1993.

In Friday’s match against No. 1 regional seed and host Cal State San Bernardino, the fifth-seeded Wildcats faced an incredible foe. Not only was CSUSB the only of the four CCAA schools in the NCAA Pacific Regional the Wildcats had not beaten this season, but Chico State had not beat the Coyotes since 1995.

Chico State surprised San Bernardino and their arena of fans, by taking the lead in game one at 3-3 and never relinquishing it. The Wildcats never led by more than four points, and when San Bernardino tied it up 24-24, Head Coach Cody Hein called timeout and it worked. Lindsay Macias, Breanne Zellmer, and Whitney Johnson came out of the huddle for three-straight kills and the Wildcats went on to win 30-28.

In the final three games San Bernardino proved why they were ranked No, 4 in the nation entering the tournament and why they held a top-10 ranking all season long. Chico took an eight point lead in game two at 12-4, but the Coyotes went on a 17-6 run for a three point lead and then won eight of the last 10 points for a 30-22 victory. Games three and four were similar with Chico challenging at the beginning before San Bernardino kicked it up a notch to pull away and win, 30-15 and 30-19.

Macias led the Wildcats with 13 kills and recorded 11 digs for her 17th double-double of the season. Zellmer, who had a season-high 16 kills in Thursday’s match, ended the match with nine kills, as did middle blocker Johnson. Erica Brick tallied 41 assists and Lacy Stringfellow notched 13 digs for the ’Cats.

Fourth-year player Jamie Houle wrapped up her career with eight kills and four blocks. She ranks among Chico State’s career top 10 in kills, kills per game, attacks, attack percentage, blocks and holds the school record for service aces at 136.

“Our energy to start with was better than theirs, but our passing and serving, which is our strength, failed us,” said Head Coach Cody Hein. “And once you start to break down, a team with their level of composure and experience really takes advantage of it and goes after the weakness.”

The Wildcats, who ranked No. 15 in the nation in the final regular season AVCA poll, broke into the national poll early this season at No. 24 and quickly climbed the rankings over the next three weeks before peaking at No. 12 in the Sep. 2 and Oct. 2 polls. In the Pacific regional poll, the Wildcats entered the scene at No. 2 and ended the season ranked No. 5 in the region.

Wildcats win five-game thriller to move into second round of NCAA Championship Tournament Pacific Regional
Zellmer notches season-high 16 kills in win over 12th-ranked SPU
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Playing in their first NCAA Tournament match in 14 years, the Chico State volleyball team took advantage of every minute, stretching their opening match against 12th-ranked Seattle Pacific University to five games before winning the deciding game 15-9. Chico, now 21-5 overall and ranked No. 15 in the nation, will face Cal State San Bernardino-tonight at 7:30 with a spot in the regional final on the line.

It was a classic 4- 5 seed matchup with No. 4 Seattle Pacific (24-3) coming back to win game one 31-29, Chico holding on to take the second game 30-24, SPU taking game three 30-26, and Chico building the biggest lead in the match, nine points, toward the end of game four to win it 30-23.

The turning point for Head Coach Cody Hein came between games three and four.

“We were far too passive the first three games,” said Hein. “As a smaller team we need to go after it and not hang back. We did that throughout game four and took it right into the final game.”

With the momentum going the Wildcats way, Chico State never trailed in the fifth game, building a 8-5 lead at the change and winning 15-9 on a Lindsay Macias kill.

Breanne Zellmer, who was injured much of the year and just returned to the team Oct. 20 had her best match of the season with 16 kills in 31 attempts for a .419 hitting percentage.

“Breanne not only did it for us in the front row, she did it in the back row as well,” commented Hein on Zellmer’s season-high 12 digs. “She’s an outside hitter with a defensive mentality and refuses to let the ball get by her.”

Macias also had 16 kills and fourth-year player Jamie Houle ended the match with 13 kills. Gillian Heydorff was the final Wildcat in double-digit kills with ten, including the game-winner to tie it up in game four.

Setter Erica Brick came one assist shy of her season high with 55 assists. It was just the third time this season the Wildcats have been pushed to five games and they now hold a 2-1 record.

“We were never really worried that we wouldn’t win this match,” said Houle. “This team has so much passion and heart and we really showed that tonight. When we were down 2-1 and we just told ourselves we have to do what we’ve been doing, just faster and harder, and it paid off.”

The Wildcats will now face the region’s top seed, Cal State San Bernardino, tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Coyotes, who defeated Central Washington in three games in Thursday night’s late match, are ranked No. 4 in the nation and have won both meetings between the teams this season. The game broadcast will be available on the Cal State San Bernardino Web site.

Friday’s other semifinal will feature two more CCAA squads, second-seeded UC San Diego against sixth-seeded Cal State L.A. UCSD defeated Western Washington 3-1 Thursday, while the Golden Eagles handed BYU Hawaii its first loss of the year, 3-2.

Wildcats Brick, Macias, Houle earn First Team honors
Heydorff named CCAA Freshman of the Year
Hein named CCAA Co-Coach of the Year

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Chico State Volleyball coach Cody Hein was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Co-Coach of the Year, Gillian Heydorff earned Freshman of the Year honors, and Erica Brick, Lindsay Macias, and Jaime Houle each earned First Team All-Conference honors as announced by the CCAA Tuesday.

Hein has guided the Wildcats, currently ranked No. 15 in the nation, to a record of 20-5 overall and 15-5 in the CCAA. The team’s regular-season winning percentage is the second best in school history, and the 15 conference wins are the most in the history of the program. As a result, the Wildcats will take on Seattle Pacific Thursday at 5 p.m. in the opening round of the NCAA Championship Tournament Pacific Regional, hosted by Cal State Stan Bernardino.

Just two seasons ago, the Wildcats were 5-22, and last year, they finished 13-13. But the arrivals of Brick and Macias two seasons ago, the emergence of Houle as a dominant force, and the addition of Heydorff this season, have sparked a remarkable turnaround.

The First Team selection was the second straight for the sophomore Macias, who leads the team with a 3.89 kills-per-game average and ranks second on the team with 266 digs. In just to seasons the outside hitter has moved into ninth on Chico State career kills list.

Brick, a Second Team selection as a freshman last season, earned her first First Team honor. The team’s setter ranks 13th nationally with 12.64 assists per game and her .293 hitting percentage is second on the team. Brick recently became just the fourth player in Chico State history to eclipse 2,000 career assists.

Houle has made her senior year her banner year, leading the Wildcats with a .331 hitting percentage and pounding out 3.56 kills per game. She also leads the team with 47 blocks. The All-Conference honor is the first of her tremendous four-year career. She ranks among Chico State’s career top 10 in kills, kills per game, attacks, attack percentage, service aces per game, block assists, and total blocks, and is the school’s career leader with 135 service aces.

Heydorff notched 2.86 kills per game and 3.20 digs per game to earn the program’s first CCAA Freshman of the Year honor.

Hein shared Coach of the Year honors with UC San Diego head coach Tom Black.  UC San Diego’s Nicole Courtney was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player, and Cal State San Bernardino’s Lindsey Olhausen was named the conference Newcomer of the Year.
Complete All-CCAA honors

It's official...Wildcats earn NCAA Tournament berth
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Chico State volleyball team was awarded its first berth in the NCAA Championship Tournament since 1992 when the 64-team bracket was announced by the NCAA Sunday night. The Wildcats, who finished the regular season 20-5 and finished third in the CCAA with a 15-5 mark, are the No. 5 seed. They’ll face No. 4 Seattle Pacific, champions of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Thursday at 5 p.m. in the opening round of the Pacific Region hosted by Cal State San Bernardino.

The Wildcats, currently ranked No. 16 in the nation, broke the school record for conference victories this season and posted their most overall wins since 1993. They are making just their second trip ever to the NCAA Championship Tournament. Seattle Pacific enters the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 12 in the nation after going unbeaten in GNAC play and compiling an overall record of 24-2.

Following are the pairings for the quarterfinal round on Thursday.

•  Noon – No. 3 BYU-Hawaii, the only unbeaten team in Division II at 20-0 and the Pacific West Conference champion at 15-0, Vs. Cal State L.A., the defending regional champion (17-8 overall and 13-7 in the CCAA).

•  2:30 p.m. – No. 2 UC San Diego (23-2 overall, 18-2 in the CCAA), the CCAA runnerup Vs. No. 7 Western Washington, the GNAC runnerup (18-6 overall, 14-2 in the GNAC).

•  5 p.m. – No. 4 Seattle Pacific, the GNAC champion (24-2 overall, 16-0 in the GNAC) Vs. No. 5 Chico State, the No. 3 team out of the CCAA (20-5 overall, 15-5 in the CCAA).

•  7:30 p.m. – No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino, the CCAA titlist (25-1 overall, 19-1 in the CCAA) Vs. No. 8 Central Washington, 19-7 overall and 10-6 in the GNAC.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Coussoulis Arena box office. Prices range from $7 for reserved seats to $5 for general admission. Students with ID, children 12-under and senior citizens will be admitted for $3. There will be no complimentary tickets. Parking at the CSUSB campus is $5.00 per vehicle.

The Clarion Hotel & Convention Center (formerly the Radisson) on E Street in downtown San Bernardino will be the host hotel for the tournament.

Volleyball finishes regular season with sweep at Monterey Bay
NCAA Tournament bracket announced on Sunday
SEASIDE – The 16th-ranked Chico State volleyball team finished up its regular season with a sweep at CSU Monterey Bay on Saturday night. Game scores were 31-29, 30-19 and 33-31.

The Wildcats ended the regular season with a 20-5 record, the most wins since 1993 and their 15-5 conference record is the best ever by a Chico State team. The Wildcats await announcement of the NCAA Tournament selections this Sunday evening. The top eight teams in the region, Chico ranked No. 5 in the most recent rankings, will compete in the Pacific Regional at a site to be determined.  It would be the Wildcats first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1992.

Cal State Monterey Bay (14-15, 8-12 CCAA)  put up a tough fight in games one and three, but the Wildcats fended off game point in games one and three to comeback and win.

Lindsay Macias and Jamie Houle led all hitters with 13 kills a piece and Macias recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 13 digs. Libero Lacy Stringfellow led all players with 26 digs, coming off her season-high performance of 30 digs against Stanislaus on Wednesday.

Volleyball team ties conference wins mark with sweep
TURLOCK, Calif. - With a three-game sweep of host Cal State Stanislaus Wednesday night, the Chico State volleyball team tied the school record for conference victories with 14 and earned its 19th win overall, the most by a Wildcats squad since 1993.

The Wildcats, ranked No. 16 in the nation and No. 5 in the Pacific Region, improved to 19-5 overall and 14-5 in the CCAA with the 32-30, 30-26, 30-25 win.

Lacy Stringfellow finished with a match-high 30 digs and Erica Brick dished out 43 assists to become just the second player in Chico State history to notch consecutive 1,000-assist seasons.

Lindsay Macias led Chico State with 13 kills, while Jaime Houle pounded out 12. Breanne Zellmer and Amanda Zvolanek tallied four and three service aces, respectively.

The Wildcats wrap up the regular season with a match at Cal State Monterey Bay Saturday night.

Wildcats honor seniors with victory in final home match
CHICO - Fourth-year player Jamie Houle ended her final match on her home court in style, registering 12 kills and three blocks as the 16-th ranked Chico State volleyball team beat Cal State Bakersfield 3-0 on senior night in Acker Gym. Game scores were 30-14, 30-24, 30-21.

Houle, third-year player Amanda Zvolanek and two-year transfer Ruth Testman were all honored prior to the match for their contribution to the program and their incredible effort this season.

The win ended a two-game losing slide for the Wildcats (18-5, 13-5 CCAA), currently ranked No. 5 in the Pacific Region. The record is the best Head Coach Cody Hein has had in his four seasons at Chico State. Cal State Bakersfield, transitioning to Division I, drops to 4-14 in both overall and conference play.

Lindsay Macias recorded big numbers for the second-straight night, hitting at a .455 pace, identical to last night, with 18 kills, seven digs, and two service aces. Megan Cape recorded 10 digs and eight kills and Lacy Stringfellow led all players with 14 digs and four service aces.

Top hitter for the Roadrunners was Rosemary Stribling who ended the match with eight kills. Libero Kayla Williamson led the team with 11 digs and Melissa Myers led all players with four blocks.

Chico State out hit Bakersfield .361-.053 in the match, including a whopping .667 in game one. Still not serving up to their earlier-season standards, the Wildcats committed 14 service errors to the ’Runners six.

The Wildcats wrap up conference play next week at Cal State Stanislaus on Wednesday and at CSU Monterey Bay on Saturday.

Service woes cost Wildcats
CHICO - The 15th-ranked Chico State volleyball committed a season-high 16 service errors as they fell to 23rd-ranked Cal State L.A. in three games tonight at Acker Gym. Game scores were 30-27, 30-26, 30-23.

In a match that was determined by a total of 14 points in three games, on paper the serving stats look to be the difference. Chico hit .268 to L.A.’s .271, recorded 52 kills to the Golden Eagles 45, and had three total blocks to 2.5 by CSLA. But the Wildcats’ 16 service errors to L.A.’s two and just three service aces to L.A.’s seven add up to 19 points and a mound of possibilities.

With the win, Cal State L.A. (16-6, 12-5 CCAA) moves into a third-place tie in the CCAA with Chico State (17-5, 12-5 CCAA). The Wildcats final home match of the season is tomorrow night against Cal State Bakersfield before finishing up the regular season the following weekend on the road.

Lindsay Macias hit .455 with 17 kills in 33 attempts and two errors. Jamie Houle was the other Wildcat in double-digit kills with ten. Libero Lacy Stringfellow had 14 digs for the Wildcats and Erica Brick tallied 48 assists.

Tanya White and Kha Tara Sheen each had 11 kills for the Golden Eagles, with Sheen hitting at a impressive .625 clip. Luana Cavalcanti led all players with 16 digs and Keslie Brown recorded 34 assists.

Wildcats drop to No. 15 in latest national poll
After a 3-2 loss to unranked Humboldt State last weekend, the Chico State volleyball team (17-4) dropped two spots to No. 15 in the latest CSTV/AVCA national poll released Monday.

CCAA leader Cal State San Bernardino (21-1) dropped four spots to No. 7 after losing to UC San Diego (19-2), which moved up one spot to No. 11. The only other ranked CCAA school is Cal State L.A. (15-6) at No. 23, which the Wildcats will face this Friday at 7:00 in Acker Gym.

Seven teams from the Pacific Region are ranked among the top five, including No. 9 BYU-Hawaii (17-0) from the Pacific West Conference and No. 13 Seattle Pacific (21-2) and No. 22 Central Washington (17-5) from the Great Northwest Conference.

The top eight teams from each of the eight regions will be selected on Nov. 5 to compete in the NCAA Championship Tournament, beginning with regional competition Nov. 9-11.

Wildcats fall to unranked opponent
ARCATA, Calif. - The Chico State volleyball team dropped its first match to an unranked opponent this season in a 3-2 loss at Humboldt State Saturday night. The 13th-ranked Wildcats won the first two games, but could not finish the Lumberjacks in a 13-30, 28-30, 30-21, 30-23, 15-10 loss.

The loss dropped the Wildcats to 17-4 overall and 12-4 in the CCAA, but Lacy Stringfellow provided the silver lining. The junior libero notched 18 digs to break the Chico State career digs record of 935 set by Giovanna Parolari (1992-95). Stringfellow now has 936 career digs.

Linsday Macias finished with 20 kills and 17 digs Saturday. Jamie Houle hit .593 and tallied 16 kills.           

Olivia Solomon notched 12 kills to lead Humboldt State, now 8-12 overall and 5-12 in the CCAA. Maya Domoto had a match-high 23 digs.

The Wildcats will wrap up their regular season home schedule next weekend, beginning with a crucial matchup with Cal State L.A. Friday at 7 p.m.

Wildcats down Seawolves in three
ROHNERT PARK - Jamie Houle hit .565 and pounded out a match-high 15 kills to lift the Chico State volleyball team to a 30-20, 30-27, 30-20 sweep at Sonoma State Friday night. The 13th-ranked Wildcats improved to 17-3 overall and 12-3 in the CCAA win the victory.

Lindsay Macias notched her 12th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 11 digs for the Wildcats, who will travel to face Humboldt State Saturday night. Erica Brick recorded a match-high 40 assists, and Lacy Stringfellow led the team with 17 digs.

Sonoma State fell to 8-11 overall and 5-10 in the CCAA despite Lillian Harms’ match-high 19 digs. Sarah Illingworth led the Seawolves with nine kills thanks to a hitting percentage of .438, but the Seawolves hit just .102 as a team.

It was the 12th time this season the Wildcats have shutout their opponent.

Volleyball team remains No. 13 in the nation
BEAVERTON, Ore. – The Chico State volleyball team, which absorbed just its third loss of the season over the weekend, remained ranked No. 13 in the nation in the latest CSTV/AVCA national poll released Monday night. The Wildcats, who currently sport the highest season winning percentage in school history, are 16-3.

CCAA leader Cal State San Bernardino, one of only three undefeated teams in the nation, remained at No. 3 this week. UC San Diego, which beat Chico State Friday to earn a season split, leapfrogged the Wildcats into the 12th spot. Cal State L.A., which the Wildcats beat earlier this season and will square off against again at home Oct. 27, is ranked No. 19.

BYU-Hawaii (16-0) leads the group of non-CCAA West Region teams in the Top 25 at No. 9. Seattle Pacific is ranked 14th, and Central Washington, another team the Wildcats beat earlier this season, is ranked No. 22.

Houle, Macias ensure Wildcats' sweep of Dominguez Hills
CHICO, Calif. – Facing the possibility of being forced into a fourth game, Jamie Houle and Lindsay Macias made sure that it ended in three. The Chico State volleyball team trailed 28-23 in the third game before Houle and Macias combined for seven kills during a stirring comeback that ensured a sweep against visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday night.

Macias finished the evening with a match-high 17 kills, while Houle added 12 in Chico State's 30-28, 30-18, 33-31 victory. The Wildcats improved to 16-3 overall and 11-3 in the CCAA. Cal State Dominguez Hills, which was led by Courtney Spainhour's 12 kills, fell to 7-13 overall and 4-10 in the CCAA.

In fact, only Spainhour's kill kept the Wildcats from scoring seven straight points to finish the match. With Chico State trailing 28-23, Houle ripped off back-to-back kills, and after Macias put one away to make it 28-27, Houle struck again to tie the game, but after a Dominguez Hills hitting error, Spainhour's kill tied it back up at 29-29.

Macias registered two more kills as the teams traded points to make it 31-all, but Megan Cape and Whitney Johnson put the game away with consecutive kills for the Wildcats.

Johnson finished with a match-high four blocks for the Wildcats, who played much stronger at the net then they did in a loss to UC San Diego Friday. The Wildcats also benefitted from a .400 hitting percentage and 10 kills from Gillian Heydorff, 45 assists from setter Erica Brick, 11 digs apiece from Cape and Macias, and four service aces from Houle.

Maria Miranda posted 19 digs for the Toros, while Spainhour chipped in 16.

Houle's first ace, which came in the first game of the night, made her Chico State's career leader in service aces. She passed Chelsea Tyrrell's (2000-03) career total of 126 and now has 130.

Meanwhile, two other Wildcats made significant moves up career top 10 lists. Houle moved into sixth place on the school's career kills list with 781. And Lacy Stringfellow, who finished with 10 digs, moved past Katie Heinz (2001-03) into third place on the school's career digs list with 901.

Chico State will be back in action next weekend when it takes to the road to face Sonoma State Friday and Humboldt State Saturday. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. The 'Cats will wrap up the regular season with home matches against Cal State L.A. and Cal State Bakersfield the following weekend.

Net play nets UC San Diego victory over Wildcats in battle for second place in the CCAA
CHICO, Calif. – UC San Diego dominated play at the net to win the battle for sole possession of second place in the CCAA with a 23-30, 30-20, 35-33, 30-22 victory at Chico State Friday night. The Tritons notched 12 blocks to Chico State’s one, and limited the Wildcats to a season-low .098 hitting percentage.

Chico State, which entered the weekend ranked No. 13 in the nation, dipped to 15-3 overall and 10-3 in the CCAA. UC San Diego improved to 16-2 overall and 11-2 in the CCAA.

Rebecca Bailey hit .438 en route to a match-high 16 kills for the Tritons. Brianna Koche finished with 15 kills and a match-best 17 digs, Nicole Courtney finished with 15 kills, 14 digs, and five blocks. Kristin Halverson dished out 49 assists.

Lindsay Macias’ 15 kills paced Chico State. Jamie Houle chipped in 14, and Gillian Heydorff notched 11. Erica Brick, who dished out 47 assists, joined Lacy Stringfellow to lead the Wildcats with 15 digs.

The Wildcats will try to bounce back from their first loss this season not coming at the hands of third-ranked Cal State San Bernardino Saturday night when they host Cal State Dominguez Hills at 7 p.m.

Volleyball team dips to No. 13 in nation after seeing 11-match win streak snapped
The Chico State women’s volleyball team fell one spot to No. 13 in the nation in this week’s CSTV/AVCA Top 25 released Monday. The Wildcats had their school-record 11-match winning streak snapped at Cal State San Bernardino Saturday night.

Cal State San Bernardino moved up three spots to No. 3 this week. Fellow CCAA competitor UC San Diego is ranked No. 14, and Cal State L.A. is No. 18.

Chico State, now 15-2 overall and 10-2 in the CCAA, hosts UC San Diego in a crucial showdown Friday at 7 p.m., and then hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday at 7 p.m.

Wildcats' winning streak snapped by region's top team
SAN BERNARDINO - The Chico State volleyball team’s school-record 11 match-winning streak came to an end on Saturday night when they faced the No. 1 team in the Pacific Region. The Wildcats, ranked 12th in the nation and second in the region, fell to Cal State San Bernardino 3-0 on the road 30-24, 30-25, 30-22.

Chico State dropped to 15-2 overall and 10-2 in the CCAA with both losses coming at the hands of the Coyotes. San Bernardino (17-0, 12-0), ranked No. 6 in the nation and first in the Pacific Region, matched its longest winning streak ever.

Although the Wildcats didn’t win the battle of the top two teams in the region, Lindsay Macias proved she’s one of the top players in the West. Macias was the only player on the court in double-digit kills, recording her ninth double-double of the season with 16 kills and 11 digs. Erica Brick had a match-high 30 assists for Chico to go with 17 digs.

San Bernardino spread around the offense with six players knocking down at least seven kills. The Coyotes dominated the net with 15 blocks to just three for Chico State.

Chico State came out swinging in game one, taking an early 9-6 lead. The teams were tied at 18 on a Macias kill, but the Coyotes pulled away 23-19 and led by five 28-23 on a Chico service error.

In game two, Chico State got up 11-9, but the Coyotes responded and took the lead 14-13. Tied up at 19-all, the Coyotes went on a six-point run to take the lead for good            

In game three, the Coyotes led by six, 16-10, midway through. Chico rallied to get within two at 17-15, but San Bernardino won six of the next seven points to pull away 23-17.

The Wildcats are back at home next weekend with matches against UC San Diego and Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Wildcats shut out Pomona for 11th straight win
Prepare for big match with first-place San Bernardino
POMONA - The Chico State volleyball team, ranked No. 12 in the nation and No. 2 in the West, won its 11th straight match with a 3-0 victory over Cal Poly Pomona, 30-23, 30-15, 30-21, on Friday night. It was the second time this season the Wildcats shut out the Broncos and the tenth time this season they have shut out an opponent.

Chico State (15-1, 10-1 CCAA) heads into a showdown with CCAA leader Cal State San Bernardino (16-0, 11-0) on Saturday night. The only blemish on the Wildcats record this season was a 3-1 loss to San Bernardino in Acker Gym on Sep. 1.

The Broncos, who fell to 6-10 and 3-8 in conference play, lost for the sixth time in their last seven matches.

Chico State was led by Jamie Houle, Megan Cape and Lindsay Macias, who each had eight kills. Erica Brick had 32 set assists and five aces, while Lacy Stringfellow had a match-high 16 digs.

The Wildcats had a 12-3 edge in service aces and outhit the Broncos, .226 - .020.

The Broncos got off to a good start in the opening game and held a 10-8 lead before Chico tied it 11-11 on a kill by Houle, and then took the lead for good after three straight aces by Brick.

Chico State jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead in the second game and was never threatened.

The Broncos led early in the third game, 7-5, but Chico State went on an 11-1 run to open up a 16-8 lead and led comfortably the rest of the way. A kill by Brick ended the match.

Wildcats set record with tenth straight win
CHICO - The Chico State volleyball team set a school record tonight, winning its tenth straight match with a 3-0 victory over CSU Monterey Bay. The Wildcats, currently No. 12 in the nation and No. 2 in the Pacific Region won by scores of 30-26, 30-25, 30-28.

With the win, Chico posted its ninth shut out of an opponent this season and improves to 14-1 overall, 9-1 in CCAA play. Monterey Bay drops to 8-10 overall, 2-7 in conference.

Although not the most solid effort this season by the Wildcats, they committed 12 service errors and were blocked at the net a season-high 14.5 times, they got things done when they needed to.  In the opening game, the teams see-sawed back and forth the final seven points, before CCAA Player of the Week Jamie Houle ended the game with one of her match high14 kills.

Game two was similar, with Chico leading, but never by more than a few points. In the final game, the Wildcats trailed 16-19, but ran off the next seven points behind the serving of Lacy Stringfellow to take a 23-19 lead. The Otters kept it close and before Kelly Smiland put down the last kill to win the match.

In addition to Houle’s 14 kills, Lindsay Macias recorded her eighth double-double with 12 kills and a match-high 17 digs and Lacy Stringfellow added 15 digs. Setter Erica Brick was nearly perfect tonight, recording seven kills on nine attempts and tallying 45 assists.

Kim Sordello was the top hitter for the Otter with eight kills, while Brittany Etchings recorded seven kills and 11 digs. Libero Katie Bos had 13 digs and Nicki Sanderson ended the night with 28 assists. Christine Ricketts led the Otters with nine blocks and Kendra Miller had six.

The Wildcats travel to Pomona on Friday and take on No. 7 San Bernardino, the only team they've lost to, on Saturday.

Wildcats ranked No. 2 in Pacific Region
In the first official NCAA regional rankings of the 2006 season, the Chico State volleyball team is ranked second in the Pacific Region.

The top eight teams advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament and participate in the Pacific Region Championship, Nov. 9-11, at a site to be determined. Chico State has advanced to the NCAA Tournament just once in the school’s history. In 1992 the Wildcats won their opening match before losing in the second round.

Of the nine ranked teams, Chico State, now 13-1, has beaten UC San Diego, Cal State L.A., and Central Washington. The Wildcats only loss of the season came to top-ranked San Bernardino.

Division II Regional Poll
School (record as of Sep. 25)

1. Cal State San Bernardino (13-0)
2. Chico State (12-1)
3. UC San Diego  (11-2)
4. Brigham Young-Hawaii (9-0)
5. Seattle Pacific (14-2)
6. Western Washington (8-5)
7. Cal State L.A. (10-3)
8. Chaminade (9-3)
9. Central Washington (14-2)

Wildcats tie school record with nine straight wins
CHICO - The 12th-ranked Chico State volleyball team tied the school record for consecutive wins with its ninth straight victory tonight. The Wildcats shutout Cal State Stanislaus, 3-0, making it the eighth time this season the Wildcats have not given up a game to their opponent. Game scores were 30-15, 30-25, 30-23.

Chico State (13-1, 8-1 CCAA) looked unstoppable in game one, posting a .382 hitting percentage and holding Stanislaus (6-8, 3-5 CCAA) to a .097 team percentage. For the match, the Wildcats hit at a .283 clip, just shy of their season best .286, and tied their best effort this season with eight blocks.

Last week’s CCAA Player of the Week, Jamie Houle, was the only player to post double-digit kills, tallying 11 in the match. Senior Ruth Testman had one of her best night of the season, hitting .273 with nine kills and five blocks, while Erica Brick averaged 13 assists per game. Libero Lacy Stringfellow recorded a team-high 12 digs and Lindsay Macias added another 11 digs and eight kills to the Wildcat totals.

For the Warriors, libero Ashley Hullen led all players with 21 digs and Kayla Van Duyn tallied 23 assists in the three games. Debbie Vander Schaaf and Karly Van Foeken led the Stanislaus attack with six kills apiece.

The Wildcats will try to build on their best start in school history when they host Cal State Monterey Bay at 7:00 on Friday.

Wildcats continue to climb rankings
The Chico State volleyball team moved up two more spots to No. 12 in the latest CSTV/AVCA rankings released Tuesday. After debuting in the rankings at No. 24 on Sept. 5, the Wildcats (12-1) have steadily climbed the rankings the last three week, 24-16-14-12.

The highest ranking ever for the Wildcats was No. 10, which they achieved in 1992 and twice in 1993.

Of the four CCAA teams ranked in the top 25, undefeated Cal State San Bernardino (13-0) remains at No. 7. UC San Diego (11-2), which Chico beat earlier in the season is still at No. 13 and Cal State L.A. (10-2), which Chico beat last weekend, dropped one notch into a tie for the 16th spot.

Jamie Houle named CCAA Volleyball Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State middle blocker Jamie Houle has been named Molten California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 18-24.

Houle, a senior from Antioch, led the Wildcats to a pair of CCAA victories last week. For the week, Houle tallied 32 kills (.400 attacking percentage), five service aces, eight digs and nine total blocks with per game averages of 4.00 kills, 0.62 service aces, 1.00 digs, 1.12 blocks and 5.31 points per game.

In the match against Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, Houle had 16 kills, including five in the decisive fifth game. She hit .316 for the match (16-4-38) and recorded three aces with six blocks. The next night at No. 15 Cal State L.A., Houle had 16 kills to lead the Wildcats in a sweep of the Golden Eagles. She was 16 for 27 with two errors (.519). She also added two aces and three blocks.

Chico State, ranked No. 14 in the latest AVCA poll, extended its winning streak to eight matches and improved to 12-1 overall and 7-1 in the CCAA.

Wildcats push winning streak to eight matches
LOS ANGELES – The 14th-ranked Chico State volleyball team added another piece of history to its history-making season Saturday with a three-game sweep at 15th-ranked Cal State L.A. The 30-28, 30-18, 30-25 win was Chico State’s first ever at the Eagles Nest.

The 12-1 Wildcats improved upon the best start in the program’s history while taking sole possession of second place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Chico State, 7-1 in the CCAA, trails first-place Cal State San Bernardino by one game, and leads Cal State L.A. by one game.

Senior Jamie Houle dominated the match for the Wildcats. She hit a match-high .519 while registering 16 kills and just two hitting errors. Houle also added a pair apiece, while setter Erica Brick dished out 43 assists. Lacy Stringfellow notched 13 digs to lead the Wildcats and Macias recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs.

The Wildcats will attempt to improve on their eight-match winning streak when they host Cal State Stanislaus Wednesday at 7 p.m. Cal State Monterey Bay will be in town for a 7 p.m. match Friday.

Wildcats escape close one, win seventh straight
BAKERSFIELD - Chico State freshman Gillian Heydorff led the 14th-ranked Wildcat volleyball team with 22 kills and 22 digs and senior Jamie Houle added 16 kills, including a team-high five in the decisive fifth game, as the Wildcats escaped a close one on the road against Cal State Bakersfield, 28-30, 30-25, 30-26, 21-30, 15-5. 

Bakersfield led throughout game one, expanding its lead to as much as 18-11. The Wildcats spurred a comeback to make it close, but could not overcome the deficit. It was just the second time this season the Wildcats have lost the opening game of a match.

Chico (11-1, 6-1 CCAA), which has now won seven straight, used a pair of short runs midway through game two to level the match at one game apiece.

The Wildcats jumped out early in game three, although Bakersfield (2-5, 2-5 CCAA) used a late rally to keep things interesting.

In game four, Bakersfield raced to a 12-6 lead and never let the Wildcats within six points to send the match to a fifth game.

The Wildcats took control in game five. Three kills by Heydorff and two by Hould helped Chico sprint to a 6-0 lead. Chico increased the lead to 12-2 and cruised to a 15-5 decision in its first five-game match of the season.

Lindsay Macias chipped in 14 kills for the 'Cats, Erica Brick had 55 assists and 20 digs, and Lacy Stringfellow also added 20 digs.

Chico State heads to Los Angeles for a showdown with No. 15 Cal State L.A. Saturday night.

Wildcats climb two more spots in latest national poll
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - The Chico State volleyball team climbed two more spots, to No. 14, in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division II Top 25 poll. The Wildcats went 3-0 last week, improving their record to 10-1 overall, the best start in Chico State history.

Of the four CCAA teams in the Top 25, the Wildcats were the only team to move up in the rankings this week. Cal State San Bernardino (11-0) remains at No. 7. UC San Diego (9-2), which Chico State beat two weeks ago, dropped two spots to No. 13 and Cal State L.A., which Chico State takes on this Saturday night, remains at No. 15.

Wildcats improve to 10-1 with win over Sonoma
CHICO - The Chico State volleyball team, ranked 16th in the nation, had four players finish with double digit kills as the Wildcats won their sixth straight match, knocking off Sonoma State 4-1 tonight in Acker Gym. Chico State won the first two games, 30-25 and 30-17, before Sonoma took game three 30-20. Chico State won the final game 30-28.

The Wildcats continue to build upon their best start in the program’s history, improving to 10-1 overall, 5-1 in CCAA play. Sonoma State drops to 5-5 overall, 2-4 in conference play.

Whitney Johnson led the Wildcats with 15 kills and Megan Cape recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 kills and 17 digs. Lindsay Macias tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 14 digs, while Jamie Houle added 12 kills of her own.

Lacy Stringfellow recorded 17 digs and moved into fifth place among Chico State career dig leaders, while sophomore Erica Brick, who recorded 52 assists tonight, is now ranked sixth among Chico State career setters with 1,560 in less than two seasons.

Michelle Flecter led Sonoma with 11 kills and Danielle Suico and Sarah Illingworth each totaled nine kills. Libero Lillian Harms, after setting a Sonoma State single-season dig record yesterday, recorded a match-high 28 digs tonight. Lindsay Brown had 32 assists for the Seawolves.

The Wildcats continue CCAA play next weekend with a road trip to Southern California to take on Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State L.A.

Wildcats record best start in school's history
CHICO - The 16th ranked Chico State volleyball team won its fifth-straight match to improve to 9-1 and post the best start in Wildcat volleyball history. The Wildcats beat Humboldt State in three games and have not lost a game in the last five matches. Game scores tonight were 30-19, 30-21, 30-18.

The Wildcats improve to 4-1 in CCAA play, while Humboldt drops to 2-3 in conference, 5-4 overall.

In game one Erica Brick served seven straight points to take the Wildcats from a one-point deficit to a 13-8 lead. Chico never trailed after that and ended the game on one of Lindsay Macias’ match high 13 kills.

Game two was tied 18-18, but behind the serving of Brick and Gillian Heydorff the Wildcats built a 25-20 lead and Macias closed out the game with back-to-back kills.

In the final game, Macias served 13 straight points to build a 16-8 lead and Lacy Stringfellow served back-to-back aces to build the lead to 12 points, 28-16, as the Wildcats cruised to a 30-18 victory.

In addition to Macias’ 13 kills, Heydorff was the only other player in double-figure kills. She hit .421 with 10 kills and two errors in 19 attempts. Whitney Johnson played in just the final game, recording six kills and one error in 10 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Stringfellow led all players with 17 digs.

Chico State recorded 11 service aces, including three apiece from Brick and Heydorff, compared to just one by Humboldt State. The Lumberjacks outblocked the Wildcats 8-5.

Olivia Solomon and Lynsey Admas led the ‘Jacks with eight kills each, while Maya Domoto recorded 11 digs.

Chico State hosts Sonoma State tomorrow at 7:00.

Volleyball matches program's best start ever
CHICO - The 16th-ranked Chico State volleyball team limited visiting Simpson University to a -.058 hitting percentage to improve to 8-1 and match the best start in the history of the program Tuesday night at Acker Gym. The 1992 Wildcats, who went on to the NCAA Championship Tournament, also started 8-1.

Kelly Smiland pounded out 11 kills to lead all players and Stephanie Aschenbrenner dished out 29 assists for the Wildcats, who won 30-23, 30-25, 30-19 to complete their fifth consecutive sweep. Whitney Johnson and Megan Cape contributed nine and eight kills, respectively. Cape and Abbey Ranzau led the ’Cats with six digs apiece.

Simpson, an NAIA school from Redding, dipped to 5-1. Stacy Viss, who notched seven kills, paced the Red Hawks. Brittany Baldwin and Carly Bagshaw chipped in five apiece.

The Wildcats return to CCAA play this weekend when they host new member Humboldt State on Friday and Sonoma State on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 o'clock.

Wildcats jump eight spots in national poll
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - With two wins last weekend, including a 3-0 upset over eighth-ranked UC San Diego, the Chico State volleyball team moved up eight spots to No. 16 in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The Wildcats broke into the rankings last week at No. 24. It was the first time since 1993 that the team had been nationally ranked. The highest ranking Chico State has ever received was the No. 10 spot, twice in 1993 and once in 1992.

Four CCAA members are among the Top 25. Cal State San Bernardino stayed at No. 7, Cal State L.A. moved up one spot to No. 15 and UC San Diego dropped three slots to No. 11.

Erica Brick named CCAA Volleyball Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK - Chico State setter Erica Brick has been named Molten California Collegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-10.

Brick, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, led the No. 24 Wildcats to two conference wins on the road last weekend as Chico State improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA. The wins included a 3-0 upset over No. 8 UC San Diego, ending the Tritons’ streak of 8 consecutive 3-0 wins to start the season.

In the team’s 3-0 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday in Carson, Brick recorded 39 assists with 3 kills, 3 aces and 5 digs. Against UCSD in La Jolla on Saturday, she dished out 41 assists and recorded 12 digs and 4 kills in 7 attempts (.429).

For the week, Brick totaled 80 assists in six games with 17 digs, 7 kills on 14 attempts with 3 errors (.286), 4 service aces and a solo block. Her per game averages were 13.33 assists, 2.83 digs, 1.17 kills and 0.67 aces per game. As of last Wednesday, she was No. 12 in the nation with a 12.55 assists per game average. 

Wildcats knock off No. 8 UC San Diego on the road
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The Chico State volleyball team broke into the national rankings for the first time since 1993 earlier this week and proved it wasn't a fluke Saturday night. The 24th-ranked Wildcats recorded their biggest win in years, shutting out eighth-ranked UC San Diego in three games on Saturday. Game scores were 30-25, 30-22, 30-20.

It was the first loss for UC San Diego, which opened the season with an 8-0 record and 24-game winning streak. The Tritons were held to just .089 hitting compared to CSUC’s .238.  

The win improves the Wildcats to 7-1, 3-1 in the CCAA, while UCSD drops to 8-1, 3-1 in conference.

Gillian Heydorff led the Wildcats with 17 kills on .467 hitting, while Lindsay Macias notched a double-double with 10 kills and a team-high 13 digs. Setter Erica Brick ended the evening with 41 assists and 12 digs. Libero Lacy Stringfellow recorded nine digs and two service aces.

Brianna Koche led the Tritons with 11 kills and added five blocks. Nicole Courtney and Rebecca Bailey added six kills apiece.

The first two game were controlled by the Wildcats as Chico outhit UCSD .333-.162 in game one and .250-.095 in game two.  In game three, the Tritons had their strongest game, leading 16-15 as the Wildcats called timeout, but it was all Wildcats after that. The 'Cats ran off six straight points to capture the sweep and first ever win over the Tritons in 17 tries.

Wildcats sweep Dominguez Hills on the road
CARSON - The 24th-ranked Wildcat volleyball team recorded its second straight shutout, beating Cal State Dominguez Hills 3-0 in a CCAA road match Friday night. Game scores were 30-26, 30-21 and 30-18.

Chico State improves to 6-1 overall, 2-1 in CCAA play. Dominguez Hills drops to 3-6 overall, 0-3 in conference play.

Kelly Smiland led all players with 11 kills and was the only player to end the match with double-digite kills. Smiland hit .400, committing just three errors in her 20 attempts. Libero Stacy Stringfellow, who ended the match with 13 digs, was the only player to record double-digit digs.

Erica Brick, ranked 12th in the nation among all Division II setters at 12.55 assists per game, notched 39 assists in the match tonight.

Lindsay Macias had nine kills and seven digs. Megan Cape also had seven digs in her two games of play. Samantha Davis had just five attempts in the match, but recorded four kills for a .800 hitting percentage.

This is the second straight match the Wildcats have swept an opponent, beating Cal Poly Pomona 3-0 last Saturday in Acker Gym. Chico State’s .286 team hitting percentage tonight was the best the team has put up this year. 

The Wildcats face a much tougher task tomorrow night when they take on undefeated UC San Diego. The Tritons are ranked No. 8 in the latest AVCA poll and have not lost a game in their eight matches.

Brick among nation's best in assists
Chico State sophomore setter Erica Brick has helped lead the 24th-ranked volleyball team to a 5-1 record and its first top-25 ranking since 1993. She’s garnering quite a national reputation at the same time. The MVP of the season-opening Seawolf Spike Tournament, Brick ranks 12th in the nation in assists per game (12.55) according to the NCAA.

As a team, the Wildcats rank 11th in the nation with 14.95 assists per game, 13th in kills per game (16.14), 18th in digs per game (20.05), and 28th in aces per game (3.05).

The Wildcats face a huge challenge this weekend when they travel to face Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday and 8th-ranked UC San Diego Saturday. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Chico State returns home Tuesday night for a 7 o’clock non-conference match against Simpson University.

Wildcats break into Top 25 poll
LEXINGTON, Kentucky - With wins over two nationally ranked teams in the last two weeks, the Chico State volleyball team broke into the CSTV/AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll at No. 24 this week.

The Wildcats beat Cal Poly Pomona, ranked 14th at the time, 3-0 on Saturday night. The win was Chico State’s second over a ranked opponent this season. The Wildcats, now 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, knocked off No. 17 Central Washington en route to the Seawolf Spike tournament title on their opening weekend.

The Top 25 features three other CCAA teams. The Wildcats travel to eighth-ranked UC San Diego this Saturday night. Cal State San Bernardino, which Chico lost to 3-1 last Friday, is ranked No. 7 and Cal State L.A. stands at No. 16.

Volleyball team sweeps 14th-ranked Pomona
CHICO - In what was probably its most impressive victory under fourth-year head coach Cody Hein, the Chico State volleyball team swept 14th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona 30-25, 30-27, 30-20 Saturday night in Acker Gym.

The win was Chico State’s second over a ranked opponent this season. The Wildcats, now 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, knocked off No. 17 Central Washington en route to the Seawolf Spike tournament title last weekend.

Cal Poly Pomona fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the CCAA with the loss.

Lindsay Macias led Chico State with 12 kills and 11 digs, while Jamie Houle banged out 10 kills while hitting .348. Kelly Smiland finished with eight kills, eight digs, and a trio of service aces, and Erica Brick led all players with 39 assists to go with her six digs, four kills, and .571 hitting percentage.

The Wildcats outhit the Broncos .242 to .163 and registered 13 service aces to Pomona’s three.

Anne-Marie Hofmans paced the Broncos with 11 kills, Jasmine Davis dished out 26 assists, and Kiting Kolar registered 12 digs.

Chico State is back in action next weekend when it travels to face Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday and UC San Diego Saturday. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. The Wildcats return home Tuesday, Sept. 12, for a non-conference affair against Simpson University at 7 p.m.

Wildcats fall 3-1 in home opener to No. 12 Coyotes
CHICO - The Chico State volleyball team ralllied back from two games down, but fell 3-1 to No. 12 Cal State San Bernardino in the Wildcats’ home opener in Acker Gym on Friday night. Scores in the CCAA opener for both teams were 30-27, 30-22, 26-30, 30-24.

Game one was a battle with the score tied up ten times.  Chico State held a 26-24 lead late in the game, but San Bernardino rallied for five straight points behind the serving of Lindsay Olhausen, including two of her game-high nine aces, and closed out the game on a Wildcat hitting error.

In game two, the Coyotes (6-0, 1-0 CCAA) jumped out to an early lead, but Chico stayed close, trailing by two, 14-12, before Olhausen again reeled off three straight points to pull ahead.

The Wildcats  (4-1, 0-1 CCAA) forced a fourth game, winning game three 30-26. Trailing 5-4, Chico State tallied the next six points behind the serving of setter Erica Brick and never relinquished the lead.

In the final game, the Coyotes lead from start to finish, jumping out to a 4-0 start and stretching it out to a nine-point lead at 21-12.

Jamie Houle was the most productive hitter for the Wildcats, posting 15 kills in 22 attempts (.591). Lindsay Macias led the Wildcats with 18 kills and Breanne Zellmer added 11. Brick recorded 56 assists and Megan Cape led the ‘Cats with 11 digs. Houle and Gillian Heydorff each had three blocks.

The Coyotes had four players in double-digit kills. Jessica Granados led the charge with 13, followed by Sharea Drawn with 12, Katie Hatch-Kinser with 11 and Sara Rice with 10 kills and a match-high six blocks. Alyssa Auck and Sara Hoffman split the setting duties, tallying 22 assists apiece.

Chico State is back in action tomorrow night when they take on No. 14 Cal Poly Pomona at 7:00 in Acker Gym.

'Cats open home/CCAA slate with big challenge
The Chico State volleyball team has already knocked off the No. 17 team in the nation this season. This weekend the No. 12 and No. 14 teams come to town as the Wildcats open their 2006 home and California Collegiate Athletic Association schedules.

Chico State, picked to finish sixth in the CCAA by conference coaches (http://goccaa.org/News/wvball/2006/8/21/vb_poll.asp?path=wvball), upset No. 17 Central Washington at last weekend's Seawolf Spike Tournament. The Wildcats hope to carry that momentum into Friday night when they host 12th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino (5-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday at 7 p.m., 14th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona (3-1) is in town.

Volleyball team wins Seawolf Spike Tournament
ROHNERT PARK - With five of the AVCA preseason Top 25 teams in its conference, the Chico State volleyball team knows it will have to beat some top-ranked competition to reach its goals this season. The Wildcats are off to a good start.

Chico State went 4-0 at this weekend’s Seawolf Spike Volleyball Tournament hosted by Sonoma State University, highlighted by a 3-1 victory over 17th-ranked Central Washington University.

The Wildcats opened the season with a 3-1 win over Grand Canyon, followed with a 3-0 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks, and after handing Central Washington its first loss, they closed out the weekend with a 3-1 victory over Northwest Nazarene University.

Sophomore setter Erica Brick was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and Jamie Houle and Lindsay Macias joined her on the seven-player All-Tournament Team.

A trio of Wildcats reached double-figures in kills in the 30-21, 30-27, 30-25 sweep of Alaska-Fairbanks. Houle led the way with 14, followed by Whitney Johnson with 11 and Lindsay Macias with 10. Brick distributed 46 assists and Stringfellow dug 25 balls.

Macias led all players with 15 kills and added 24 digs in the 30-22, 30-14, 26-30, 30-20 win against two-time defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Central Washington. True freshman Gillian Heydorff had her best match of the weekend with 14 kills and 19 digs. Houle added 11 kills, Stringfellow led the way with 33 digs, and Brick dished out 47 assists.

In Chico State’s 30-22, 30-21, 30-32, 30-24 win against Northwest Nazarene, Brick tallied 49 assists, seven kills, five service aces, and 17 digs to solidify her spot as the tournament’s MVP. Houle a fourth-year senior, put together one of the best performances of her career by hitting .474 en route to 21 kills. Kelly Smiland chipped in 22 digs and 10 kills.

Volleyball team opens season with victory
ROHNERT PARK - The Chico State volleyball team rode a strong defensive effort to a 3-1 victory over Grand Canyon in the season opener for both teams Friday at the Seawolf Spike Tournament hosted by Sonoma State. The Wildcats limited Grand Canyon to .092 hitting in a 30-12, 30-16, 23-30, 30-25 victory.

True freshman Gillian Heydorff and Lacy Stringfellow led the Wildcats with 14 digs apiece, and Lindsay Macias notched 12. Macias (11 kills) and Heydorff (10 kills) registered double-doubles to kick off the season in style. Jamie Houle tied for match-high honors with 11 kills thanks to a .391 hitting percentage. The senior middle blocker also led all players with a trio of service aces.

Ruth Testman added nine kills and hit .500, while Megan Cape registered five kills in six attacks (.833). Erica Brick dished out a match-high 39 assists and junior college transfer Breanne Zellmer banged out six kills in her Wildcats debut.

Chico State is back in action this afternoon at 4:30 against Alaska Fairbanks. The Wildcats will take on Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene Saturday to wrap up the weekend. They'll open up their home slate against Cal State San Bernardino Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

Volleyball signs outside hitter to NLI
CHICO - Chico State volleyball Coach Cody Hein announced the recent signing of Gillian Heydorff to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats this fall.

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.

Volleyball signs JC transfer to NLI
Head Chico State volleyball coach Cody Hein announced the signing of Breanne Zellmer to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats next season.

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."