Sep 01, 2017

Bruins Sweep Olivet In Season Opener

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

By Alex Plusquellec

Newberg, Ore. --- Friday night marked the start of the 2017 volleyball season for the Bruins, who took down Olivet in three straight sets 25-21, 25-19 and 25-13.


Despite falling down early in the first set, the Bruins rallied from a 5-3 deficit to squeak past the Comets, 25-21. Alyssa Burch captured the first point of the season for the Bruins with a kill to grab the lead. Olivet responded with a string of points to take and then extend the lead but the Bruins responded.

After fighting back and tying the match 9-9, the Delaney Cruz tallied her first kill of the match followed by another kill by Burch. Both teams struggled with service errors, but it was the Bruins who found a way to pull away from a 19-19 tie and take set one.

The start of set two swung momentum the way of the Bruins. Burch, Danyle Dupray and Madison Ross each recorded kills to help the Bruins grab and early 6-0 lead. Despite the hot start, the Bruins couldn't pull away from the Comets, who fought back to take the lead, 17-14. 

The Bruins were not to be deterred by the run from Olivet. Ashtyn Butler recorded three straight kills to power the Bruins past the Comets and take set two, 25-19.

Set three was dominated by the Bruins who rode another hot start. Dupray and Ross tallied kills early in the set as the Bruins grabbed a 10-3 lead. Burch added her final kill of the night to bring her total to 11 and Dupray recorded four of the final nine points to secure the final set victory, 25-13.

Top Performers:

Burch led the way for the Bruins with a career-high 11 kills on the night. Dupray added eight kills of her own to go along with 12 digs and Butler picked up six kills to start off her career.

What It Means:

The Bruins start off 2017 with a strong showing taking the straight set victory.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins return to the court tomorrow night as they host Augsburg Saturday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m.