Oct 07, 2017

Bruins Rally For Big Win Over Bearcats

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

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox women's volleyball team bounced back Saturday, beating the visiting Bearcats of Willamette 3-1 (19-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-13).


It was an all grit performance by the young Bruins, who dropped the opening set to the Bearcats. In the first set, the Bruins found their rhythm early, but the Bearcats captured a 13-8 lead midway through the first. Acarey Rosa helped the Burins close in on the deficit, but the Bearcats came away with a 25-19 victory.

The second set was all Bruins from the start. In fact, the Bruins went on a 6-0 run to take a 13-7 lead early on. The lead expanded after Delaney Cruz continued to record kill after kill. Danyle Dupray got in on the action with two late kills in the set, and Lexie Zuercher put the exclamation point with the final kill to take a 25-12 win.

The third set was just as impressive as the second, as the Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The Bruins' lead never wavered as they held it the entire set. The Bruins best run came when they held a two point advantage at 14-12. The Bruins took that lead and went on a 7-0 run to put the Bearcats out of reach. George Fox ended the critical third set with a 25-15 win.

The fourth and final set showed the Bruins pure determination to end the match. After trailing 4-1 early on, the Bruins used a 5-0 run to force a Willamette timeout. The Bruins came out of the timeout hungry, hanging out to the lead for the rest of the set. Dupray and Hanna Kumasaka ended the match for the Bruins, as the pair combined for the final six points.

Top Performers:

Dupray continued her phenomenal junior season with 19 kills and 18 digs. It marked her six match this season with double-digit kills. Paige O'Rear and Delaney Cruz both finished with 10 kills apiece. Laney Search recorded 29 assists, while Madison Ross tallied 21.

What It Means:

The Bruins improve their record to 4-7 on the season and 3-5 in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins have a quick turnaround with a weekday match against Lewis & Clark Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7pm in Portland, Oregon.