Sep 22, 2018

Bruins Take Pirates To Five But Fall Short At Home

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 Seth Preuss

NEWBERG --- George Fox played host to Whitworth on Friday, Sept. 21, and took the visiting Pirates to five sets. The Bruins proved they could play with one of the top teams of the Northwest Conference for much of the night, but a few crucial Pirate rallies gave Whitworth the match in five sets.

Recap

Alyssa Burch helped the Bruins get off to a hot start in the opening set, hitting .429 with four kills. The Bruins' middles found their way through block of Pirates consistently in the front set to keep Whitworth off baalnce. Danyle Dupray also helped spark the Bruins with five kills in a set one and George Fox opened the night with a 25-23 win. The Bruins' tips and off-speed swings early in sets one and two were effective but the Pirates made adjustments to take set two 25-17.

After dropping the second set, the Bruins were able to bounce back with a 25-21 victory in set three. The Bruins enjoyed a commanding lead for much of the set and held off a late Pirates rally to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

A dead-even start to the fourth set made for high drama, but after a 13-13 tie midway through the fourth stanza Whitworth pulled away again. The Pirates' late run in the fourth set pushed the match into a five-set event after the Bruins fell 25-17.

An early side-out battle in set five led to a 6-6 tie midway through the final set of the night. Bruins forced the rotation with a quick burst for an 8-6 lead. However, the Pirates would not go away quietly and tied the final set up late at 12-12 before outscoring the Bruins with a 3-1 to take the match with a 15-13 win in set five.

Top Performers

Dupray led the Bruins with 16 kills and added 14 digs to help the Bruins' cause for her fifth double-double of the season. Ashtyn Butler was just behind with 12 kills, and Burch tallied 10 as the third Bruin to reach double figures. Sophia Lawrence racked up 15 digs, Laney Search added 25 assists, and Liv Alexander combined with Burch for three blocks apiece.

What It Means

The Bruins are the first team this season to take the Pirates to five sets. While George Fox is now 6-5 overall and 0-3 in conference play, the Bruins showed no quit against one of the best teams in the conference. "I was very proud of our passion and aggression tonight against a tradition powerhouse team," Coach Emily Davis said after the match.

What Happens Next

The Bruins welcome a 5-6 Whitman team to Wheeler at 5:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 22, to finish out their weekend homestand.