Sep 02, 2016

Bruins Split Day One At Pacific Coast Classic

A Winning Tradition

 
  • 2 NCCAA National Championships (1984, 1987)
  • 1 NAIA National Tournament (1998)
  • 1 Women's Conference of Independent Colleges Championship (1982)
  • 1 Northwest Conference Championship (1998)
  • 2 NCCAA National Coaches of the Year
  • 2 NAIA District Coaches of the Year
  • 1 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
  • 13 All-Americans 
  • 5 Academic All-Americans
 

CLAREMONT, Calif. --- The George Fox women's volleyball team opened up the 2016 season at the Pacific Coast Classic Friday, as the Bruins walked away with a split on Day One.

Recap:
It was an early day for the Bruins, who played the Poets of Whittier in the first match and the Panthers of Chapman in the second.

Match One:
The Bruins got off to a strong start in match one against the Poets with a nail-biting 27-25 first set finish. The Poets evened up the match in the second, 25-17, but the Bruins responded in the third with a 25-22 win. With one set away from earning their first win of the season, the Bruins had to make a little bit of a comeback in the start of the fourth.

The Poets jumped out to a 5-3 lead, but the Bruins answered back scoring seven-straight points, 10-5. George Fox never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the set and cruised to a 25-23 finish.

Match Two:
In the second match, the Bruins ran into a tough Panthers squad, who swept the Bruins, 3-0. The Bruins managed to keep it close in the first two sets, but the Panthers were able to string together a couple of runs.

The Bruins came alive in the third set trading points back and forth with the Panthers. The Bruins came within one at 23-24 after Erin Sprowls and Alyssa Burch landed a huge block for the Bruins. Unfortunately, an attacking error game the Bruins the final point of the set and the match.

Top Performers:
Danyle Dupray led the Bruins as the kill leader on the day with 19. She recorded a hitting percentage of .344 against the Poets, which was the third highest out of both teams. Sprowls also had a decent day with 15 kills in her two matches. Hanna Kumasaka and Abby MacGregor both did well in the assists column for the Bruins. Kumasaka recorded 35 assists, while MacGregor tallied 24. Kelsea Meyers led the team in digs with 29.

What It Means:
The Bruins start the season off 1-1.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will complete their California road trip Saturday, Sept. 3 against Redlands and Occidental.