Oct 10, 2018

Bruins Set New Career Marks In Loss To Pacific

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 played host to the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to conclude a Northwest Conference season series. The Bruins took the opening set and led for the majority of the fourth before coming up short and falling at home, 3-1.

Recap

The Bruins got off to a great start with an early lead in the opening set. A 3-1 lead quickly ballooned to an 18-9 advantage for George Fox as the Bruins rolled to a 25-15 victory in set one. Sophia Lawrence piled up 10 digs in the opening set alone to help the Bruins.

The good fortune stayed on that side of the court, however, as the Boxers jumped out to an early lead in set two. The Bruins' guests ripped off a long unanswered run for a 16-6 lead midway through the second stanza. The Bruins ultimately fell in set two by a score of 25-9 to even the match at 1-1.

George Fox fought back in the third set and kept pace until the midpoint of set three. After falling behind the Boxers 11-9, the Bruins lost a step momentarily and stopped trading side outs at a key point in the set, resulting in a 25-17 win for the Boxers and a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Bruins put together an early 8-2 run in the opening moments of set four to force a Boxers timeout. The Bruins kept up the pressure and forced another Boxer timeout with an 18-11 lead late in the set but the Boxers did not go quietly, putting together a furious rally and ending the night with a 29-27 win over George Fox in set four.

Top Performers

Sophia Lawrence set a new personal career mark with 33 digs and Alyssa Burch notched a new career best with eight blocks, including three solo stuffs at the net. Danyle Dupray tallied her seventh double-double of the year with 13 kills and 19 digs, and Laney Search dealt out 24 assists in the loss.

What It Means

The Bruins are now 1-8 in Northwest Conference matches this season with a 7-10 overall record and seven matches left in the 2018 regular season.

What Happens Next

George Fox finishes a home-and-away NWC series against Puget Sound on Saturday, Oct. 13, as it plays host to the Loggers at 5:00 pm.