Oct 27, 2017

Bruins Snap Streak Against Blues

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 

WALLA WALLA, Wash. --- The George Fox women's volleyball team traveled to Whitman Friday night to take on the Blues, looking to extend their conference winning streak to six matches. 

Recap

The Bruins and Blues entered Friday night's match tied with one another for fourth place in the NWC. The Blues picked up the first two points of the first set, but the Bruins quickly got on the board with kills from Alyssa Burch and Danyle Dupray

With the set tied at 8-8, the Blues put together a 12-2 run to take control. Despite forcing errors, the Bruins weren't able to rally, falling 25-14 in the opening set. 

The second set was full of energy and neither team took more than a three point advantage throughout. Burch and Dupray powered the Bruins early in the set, keeping their team within striking distance. 

The Bruins found themselves in a 23-20 hole late in the set, but kills from Dupray and Delaney Cruz and a big block by Ashtyn Butler and Laney Search tied the set at 23-23. Back to back kills by Butler gave the Bruins a 25-24 lead, but late arrows did George Fox in as the Blues capitalized, taking set two 29-27.

Needing a victory to extend the match, the Bruins started the third set strong behind kills from Cruz and Dupray. Much like set two, the Blues and Bruins found themselves struggling to seize momentum. The two teams battled their way to a 14-14 tie midway through the set before an error by the Blues and a service ace by Search gave the Bruins a 16-14 lead.

Again, the Blues responded in front of their home crowd, grabbing a 20-17 lead. After exchanging points, Cruz and Dupray each recorded kills to bring the Bruins within one. Needing a big serve, Hannah Kumasaka's ace evened the match at 23-23.

Despite the strong comeback effort, the Bruins couldn't find the final points needed to force a fourth set, and the Blues completed the sweep with a 25-23 victory. 

Top Performers

Dupray led the way for the Bruins, recording a team-high 14 kills and 17 digs. Cruz and Burch each added nine kills while Madison Ross was the top facilitator, racking up 23 assists.

What It Means

The loss snapped the Bruins conference win streak of five matches, bringing their overall record to 8-9 and their NWC record to 7-6.

What Comes Next

The Bruins will continue their weekend road trip Saturday night as they travel to Spokane, Wash. to take on the Whitworth Pirates. The match is set to begin at 5 p.m.