Sep 28, 2018

Bruins Earn First Conference Win In Four Against Wildcats

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 --- The George Fox women's volleyball team earned its first Northwest Conference win of the 2018 season on Friday, Sept. 28, in a home match against the Linfield Wildcats.

Recap

The Bruins started playing from behind in the first set, but they showed good mental toughness by tying the opening set midway through at 10-10. The Bruins outlasted a late Wildcat rally and hung on to win 25-20 in the opener.

The second set was all Linfield, however, as the Bruins produced a negative attack percentage and allowed the Wildcats to approach .600 as a team on the attack in a 25-10 loss.

The Bruins were able to rally in the third set, however, and fought their way from behind again to tie it at 10-10, just like the opening set. A 9-4 run gave George Fox the needed breathing room in set three and the Bruins cruised to a 25-18 win after tying the third stanza midway through.

With the momentum back on their side, the Bruins wrestled control away from Linfield again by the midpoint of set four and hung on for the rest of the way. Ashtyn Butler served up back to back aces and the Bruins were able to match the Wildcats point for point down the stretch in a 25-22 win to seal the night.

Top Performers

Laney Search tallied six kills, 16 assists, an ace, and six digs in a well-rounded effort for the Bruins. Alyssa Burch led the Bruins with seven kills and two blocks. Danyle Dupray and Sophia Lawrence tallied 13 digs apiece to lead their teammates.

What It Means

The Bruins are now above .500 again at 7-6 on the year and also add their first tally to the win column in conference play at 1-4. "It wasn't pretty but I'm glad we were able to finish off a match, we were able to work through some things that we needed to tonight," Coach Emily Davis said after the win.

What Happens Next

The Bruins travel to play Lewis & Clark on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 5:00 pm.