THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – You know it is just not your night when your volleyball opponent ties up a set by kicking a ball over the net for a winner.
Looking to go up by two points late in the third set of their match with Chapman University, the George Fox University Bruins instead saw the Panthers tie the score 17-17 with a kicked ball that landed on the sideline for a winning point, and the Panthers went on to sweep the Bruins 3-0 in the Posada Royale Invitational Tournament Friday here at California Lutheran University’s Soilands Gym.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Bruins had fallen 3-0 to the University of La Verne Leopards in their first match of the tournament. George Fox dropped all six sets by a total of only 15 points.
La Verne 3, George Fox 0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-22)
An inconsistent offense that hit only .120 and 11 service errors resulted in the Bruins giving up too many points when it counted in their loss to the Leopards, which snapped the Bruins’ four-game winning streak.
George Fox made 32 kills but 19 errors in 108 attempts against La Verne. Tiffany Burk was the offensive leader for the Bruins with seven kills and a .429 hitting percentage while also contributing four blocks (two solo, two assisted). Stephanie Kerr added six kills. Megan Teigen had 12 assists and Chelsea Wilson 10. Defensively, Wilson made 12 digs and Betsy Wilhelm 10.
Statistics for La Verne were not immediately available.
Chapman 3, George Fox 0 (25-23, 25-23, 28-26)
The George Fox offense improved greatly against the Panthers, making 45 kills and 18 errors in 128 attempts for a .211 hitting mark, and the defense made 62 digs, but serving once more proved detrimental as the Bruins made 10 service errors.
Burk again led the Bruins with nine kills and a .538 hitting percentage, while Erin Campbell added nine kills and Kerr eight. Teigen handed out 24 assists and Wilson 12. Patti Reeves made 21 digs, Campbell 14, and Wilson 11. Burk contributed four block assists.
Statistics for Chapman were not immediately available.
NEXT: George Fox (4-3) takes on Occidental College at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Whittier College at 1:00 p.m. to close out the tournament.