Aug 31, 2018

Bruins Start Season 2-0

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
  • 2 Northwest Conference Player of the Year
  • 1 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
  • 13 All-Americans 
  • 5 Academic All-Americans
  • 47 All-NWC Athletes

By Seth Preuss

NEWBERG - The George Fox women's volleyball team opened the regular season on Friday, August 31, with a pair of wins against Elmhurst College (Ill.) and UC Santa Cruz (Calif.) as part of the 2018 Oregon Trail Classic.

Recap – vs. Elmhurst

The Bruins got off to a hot start in set one against the Bluejays, opening on a 15-5 run with long scoring runs behind serves from Danyle Dupray and Laney Search. George Fox cruised to an easy 25-13 win to open the match. Elmhurst was able to right the ship in set two and took a commanding 17-11 lead midway through the set. The Bruins tried to rally but fell to even it at a set apiece after falling 25-17.

After trading a 25-22 win in set three and a 26-24 loss in set four with Elmhurst, the first match of the season came down to a fifth and deciding set for the Bruins. Aryah Marlow and Alyssa Burch set the tone with a block at the beginning of the final stanza and the Bruins were able to hold off the Bluejays for a season-opening win at home with a 16-14 final in set five.

Top Performers – vs. Elmhurst

Danyle Dupray (14), Alyssa Burch (14), Liv Alexander (12), and Ashtyn Butler (11) led a balanced attack for the Bruins in the first match of the season, combining for 51 of the Bruins' kills against the Bluejays. Burch also led the Bruins with four blocks against the Bluejays. Laney Search led with 31 assists and 11 digs and Sophia Lawrence piled up a match-high 24 digs.

Recap – vs. UC Santa Cruz

The Bruins may have felt tired after a tough five-set test against Elmhurst, but no one would have guessed it from their start against UCSC. George Fox opened the match with a 14-5 run against the Banana Slugs and cruised to 25-16 win to start the second match of the year.

In a repeat of their first match, the Bruins let the second set against the Banana Slugs slip away in the later stages of the game. Coach Emily Davis and her staff were able to get back on track again in set three after Search served up four aces in one turn at the service line, and the Bruins built on that momentum for a crushing 25-10 win in set three.

Dupray helped power the Bruins to a good start in set four and led the attack in the early stages for a 10-6 lead. GFU held that lead for the rest of the way and finished off the second match of the season with a 25-18 win in set four to sweep opening day of the 2018 season.

Top Performers – vs. UC Santa Cruz

Dupray led again for GFU with 13 kills and registered a double-double with a match-high 21 digs against the Banana Slugs. Butler joined Dupray in double-digit kills with 10 while also tallying a team-high two blocks, and Madison Ross led all players with 25 assists.

What It Means

With the opening day sweep, the Bruins start the season 2-0 for the first time in more than a decade. Coach Davis was pleased with the strong start and remarked, "You can't complain about 2-0 – it was nice to see some newcomers contribute and I was pleased with the way our returners handled the pressure today."

What Comes Next

George Fox plays two more matches tomorrow as part of the Oregon Trail Tournament. New Rochelle (N.Y.) and Illinois Tech will both take on the Bruins tomorrow beginning at 12:30 pm.