Sep 08, 2018

Bruins Split Final Day at 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 --- George Fox women's volleyball team wrapped up its first road trip of the 2018 season with a 3-0 win against the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales (Colo.) and a 3-0 loss to the Briar Cliff (Iowa) Chargers on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Recap – vs. Johnson & Wales

A tightly-contested opening set went the way of the Bruins with a 25-20 final, and George Fox built on that foundation to complete a sweep against the hosting Wildcats. After holding the Wildcats to a .048 attack percentage in the first set, the Bruins limited them even further in set two with a -.125 attack rate and just four kills in a 25-17 victory.

The Bruins had all the momentum on their side in the third set and had their best performance of the afternoon offensively – George Fox finished the match with a 25-12 win after tallying 15 kills and just three errors as a team to complete the sweep.

Top Performers – vs. Johnson & Wales

Ashtyn Butler led all players with 10 kills and three blocks while hitting an incredible .588 without an attack error. Laney Search dished out 21 assists and Madison Ross was close behind with 15 herself. Sophia Lawrence was everywhere again for the Bruins defensively, racking up 23 digs for the third time in a single match this season.

Recap – vs. Briar Cliff

The Bruins tallied more kills than the Chargers in the opening set, but they also racked up more attack errors which cost them the first frame. Briar Cliff was able to limit the Bruins again in the second set and took a 25-19 victory after more George Fox errors. The Bruins' third set saw a return to double digits for kills, but they also cracked double figures in errors in a 25-16 loss.

Top Performers – vs. Briar Cliff

Danyle Dupray and Butler produced eight kills each in the loss to the Chragers. Ross dished out 16 assists and Search added 13 to the team total. Lawrence produced a match-high 23 digs for the Bruins – Lawrence has now tallied 23 or more digs on four separate occasions this season.

What It Means

The Bruins return home with a 6-2 record after splitting the Spike It Up Classic with a 2-2 record.

What Happens Next

George Fox opens conference play on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Pacific.