Sep 22, 2017

Bruins Battle Loggers In NWC Match

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. --- The George Fox women's volleyball team hosted the Puget Sound Loggers Friday night, as fans watched a competitive match, but the Bruins fell 3-0 to the Loggers.

Recap:

The Bruins began the match in rhythm as they jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first set. Stacy Kozlowski got the match started with a kill followed by kills from Delaney Cruz and Alyssa Burch.

Despite the strong start, the Bruins found themselves trailing the Loggers 10-9. Laney Search picked up her first kill to even the score at 10-10 and after two points for the Loggers, Burch ignited a 7-1 run to put the Bruins back on top.

The Bruins took a three point lead late into the set, but Puget Sound rallied, taking set one 25-23.

The second set was much like the first. The Bruins jumped out to another early lead behind kills from Cruz and Burch, but the Loggers hung around. Each team traded kills as Cruz, Search and Ashtyn Butler kept the Bruins even with their conference foe.

Tied at 22-22, it was again the Loggers who picked up the final three points to pick up set two, 25-22.

The Loggers carried their momentum into the third set, taking a 7-3 lead. Cruz and Kozlowski recorded kills, keeping the Bruins within striking distance. Despite their efforts, the Loggers separated themselves with a 6-1 run to take an 18-9 lead.

The Bruins continued to fight cutting the lead to three after a handful of Logger errors and a kill by Danyle Dupray. That push fell short, however, as Puget Sound rattled off six of the next seven points to take set three 25-17 and complete the sweep.

Top Performers:

Cruz led the Bruins with a team-high 11 kills and was one of six Bruins to record a kill. Dupray finished with seven kills and Search and Kozlowski each added six kills each. Search led the way with 19 assists and Sophia Lawrence racked up 19 digs.

What It Means:

The Bruins now sit at 1-2 in the NWC and 2-4 overall.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will be back in action tomorrow night against Linfield in McMinnville at 5 p.m.