Nov 02, 2018

Bruins Fall 3-1 In Tough Home Test Against Pacific Lutheran

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
  • 2 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 1 Northwest Confernce Libero of the Year
  • 13 All-Americans 
  • 5 Academic All-Americans
  • 50 All-NWC Athletes

By Seth Preuss

NEWBERG --- The Bruins played host to the top Northwest Conference team, Pacific Lutheran, on Friday, Nov. 2. The Bruins fought hard throughout the night and stretched the match to four sets against the Lutes, but ultimately George Fox fell 3-1 at home.


The Bruins started out strong against the Lutes and earned a small advantage, 13-9, midway through the opening set. A quick rally from Pacific Lutheran evened the match at 16-16, and the two sides would tie four more times before the Lutes used a late push to take set one with a 25-23 final.

The Bruins kept their energy levels up in the second set as well, taking another early lead with a 10-7 advantage to start the second set. The Bruins would end the second stanza matching the Lutes point for point in a set that required extra points to find a winner, but again Pacific Lutheran prevailed late with a 26-24 victory.

The Bruins refused to be swept on their court, however. After starting again with an 11-7 lead over the Lutes, the Bruins held on to the lead and continued to widen the gap all the way to the finish line with a handful of kills from Danyle Dupray in the middle of the set. A 25-18 win for the Bruins forced set four and stretched out the night after the best performance of the match for George Fox.

Neither side played its best volleyball in the final set, as the two teams combined to produce just 14 kills in the final stanza. The Bruins owned more than half of those – nine in all – but attack and receiving errors made it hard for the Bruins to overcome the Lutes in set four. The Bruins put together a late rally that fell short in a 25-15 loss that ended the night.

Top Performers

Sophia Lawrence led all players with 23 digs, marking the tenth time she has put up 20+ digs in a match this season. Alyssa Burch led the way on offense with 11 kills and also tallied four blocks, including a pair of solo stuffs. Laney Search was everywhere for the Bruins with a triple-double, racking up 10 kills, 11 digs, and 21 assists.

What It Means

The Bruins move to 10-13 overall and are 4-11 against NWC teams this season with one match left in 2018.

What Happens Next

George Fox welcomes Williamette on Saturday, Nov. 3, to close out the season. The Bruins celebrate Senior Night as well that day, so be sure to arrive early if you plan to take part in the celebration.