Sep 22, 2018

Another Tough Five-Set Match Goes Against The Bruins

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 women's volleyball finished off a weekend at home with a match against Whitman College. The Bruins were able to take the first two sets from Whitman, but Whitman found its footing in the third set and George Fox fell in five sets.

Recap

After an early back-and-forth battle in the opening set, the Bruins used a quick burst to create separation and a 12-7 lead. The lead grew as the set continued on and ended in a 25-16 victory for George Fox.

Whitman found its footing in set two and was far more challenging to dispatch. The Bruins played from behind until the midpoint of the second set, but Whitman re-claimed the lead again in the latter stages of the second stanza. The Bruins tied it again at 21-21 before completing the come-from-behind 25-23 win.

The Bruins trailed late in the third set after Whitman built a 21-17 lead, but they fought their way back into contention and forced extra rallies after tying the set at 25-25. Whitman prevailed in the end, however, and forced a fourth set with a 27-25 win to extend the evening.

The Bruins' guests took the fourth set as well after leading for much of the way in the fourth stanza. The Bruins pulled within one at the end, trailing 19-18, but another Whitman ensured a fifth set after a 25-21 win in the fourth for the visiting squad.

With the momentum now firmly on the side of Whitman, the Burins struggled to remain competitive in the fifth set. George Fox ultimately finished the night with a 15-6 loss in the fifth for a 3-2 defeat at home.

Top Performers

Sophia Lawrence had a career night on defense with 39 digs to lead all players – her previous career high was 31 against Linfield in 2017. Laney Search and Madison Ross went set for set on the night, tallying 59 assists in total. Danyle Dupray notched her sixth double-double of the year with 18 kills and 16 digs, while Alyssa Burch finished with 11 kills, six blocks, and a .556 attack percentage.

What It Means

George Fox moves to 6-6 overall and is 0-4 in conference play after the loss with one more match at home before heading out on the road again next Saturday.

What Happens Next

The Bruins play host to Linfield on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 pm to end a three-match homestand, and follow that with a road match at Lewis & Clark on Saturday, Sept. 29.