Sep 07, 2018

Bruins Split Day One of Spike It Up Classic

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

COLORADO SPRINGS --- The George Fox women's volleyball team took its first road trip of the 2018 season on Friday, Sept. 7, with a pair of matches at the Spike It Up Classic hosted by Colorado College. The Bruins split the afternoon, dropping the first match to Colorado College before bouncing back with a win against Minnesota Morris.

Recap – vs. Colorado College

Facing the second-ranked team in the nation, the Bruins fell behind early in the first set and played from behind the rest of the match. The top-ranked Tigers enjoyed a double-digit lead in sets one and two as the Bruins struggled to find their footing.

The Bruins' best performance came in set three as they matched the Tigers point for point for much of the third stanza. George Fox tied the set up at 20-20 before taking a small lead, but the Tigers surged back in front to complete a sweeping win at home.

Top Performers – vs. Colorado College

Aryah Marlow and Danyle Dupray led the Bruins with five kills each against the No. 2 Tigers. Madison Ross paced her teammates with nine assists, while Dupray tallied a team-high 12 digs.

Recap – vs. Minnesota Morris

The Bruins took set one from Minnesota Morris and showed good mental toughness in the opening stanza. The Bruins squandered an early lead in set one but were able to hold on for the win after winning the last two rallies for a 25-23 victory.

The Cougars of Minnesota Morris returned the favor in set two and edged the Bruins, 23-25, to tie the match at 1-1 in the set count. George Fox collected itself in set three, however, and took the lead back with a 25-21 win in the third stanza.

The fourth set was another tough test for both teams, but the Bruins' mental toughness showed up again in the end. After trading side outs all the way to a late 22-22 tie, the Bruins used a 3-0 run to close the day after collecting a 25-22 win in set four for the 3-1 win in the match.

Top Performers – vs. Minnesota Morris

Dupray topped her teammates with 10 kills and three aces, while Ross led again with 22 assists. Sophia Lawrence led all players with 23 digs in the match, and Marlow tallied five blocks.

What It Means

The Bruins suffered their first loss but did show improvement in the final set against a top five team, and are 5-1 for the first time to start a season under the guidance of head coach Emily Davis.

What Happens Next

George Fox wraps up its road trip with two matches tomorrow. The Bruins play Johnson & Wales (Colo.) and Briar Cliff (Iowa) to close out the Classic beginning at 9:00 am.