Fresno city officials declared January 28, 2010, Fresno Pacific Sunbirds Women's Volleyball Day.
The proclamation recognized the team for winning its third consecutive NAIA national championship in December, and ending the 2009 season with a perfect 38-0 record. Here team members and their coach, Dennis Janzen, receive the honor from Mayor Ashley Swearingen and the city council in City Council Chambers. Read about the volleyball season and all FPU sports at fpuathletics.com.
The national champion Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds are a strong bet to repeat at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship December 2-6 in Sioux City, Iowa.
"FPU captured its third national title last season and is once again the favorite this season," according to the website of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). "The Sunbirds are perfect on the season with a 30-0 record and were ranked No. 1 in every Coaches' Top 25 Poll this season."
Athletes won't be the only ones going for gold at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Outdoor Track & Field National Championships Thursday-Saturday — the city and people of Fresno will be winners, as well.
San Diego—The Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds are the 2003 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national volleyball champions, thanks to a December 6 win over Columbia of Missouri in Golden Gymnasium on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University.
National title hopes fall short in first season loss
The best men’s soccer season in Fresno Pacific University history went undefeated all the way to the national finals as the Sunbirds finished first runner-up in the National Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (NAIA).
The University of Rio Grande (Ohio), won the November 25 match 1-0. The tournament took place in Olathe, Kansas.
Ken Isaak, sports information director at Fresno Pacific University, received the 2003 Clarence “Ike” Pearson Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics-Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SIDA). The award, given to an outstanding NAIA sports information director, will be presented June 28 during the NAIA-SIDA Annual Awards Luncheon at the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.