Nov 03, 2018

Bruins Sweep Bearcats On Senior Night

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
 

NEWBERG --- The George Fox women's volleyball team closed out its 2018 season with a 3-0 sweep over the Willamette Bearcats, Saturday evening.

Recap:

Before tonight's game, the Bruins honored their three seniors: Madison Ross, Alyssa Burch, and Danyle Dupray.

The opening set was back and forth, as neither team wanted to give up momentum. In fact, the largest margin was four points, the score was tied six times and the lead changed hands four times.

Danyle Dupray provided a spark for the Bruins midway through the set with a huge kill to give the Bruins their largest lead at that point, 17-14. The Bearcats quickly responded and cut the deficit to one, 17-16. A couple of late blocks by Ashtyn Butler, Laney Search, and Liv Alexander gave the Bruins all the momentum they needed. With a 24-21 advantage, Butler rattled off a nice kill to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

In the second set, the Bruins took full control.

George Fox jumped out to a 12-7 lead after a service ace by Madison Ross. The Bruins kept the pressure on the Bearcats, scoring five straight to take a 17-11 advantage. Butler ended the second set similar to how she ended the first. The sophomore drilled a beautiful back set pass from Ross to give the Bruins a 25-16 second set victory.

The third and final set was a nail-biter.

The Bruins enjoyed an early 4-1 lead, but the Bearcats weren't going down without a fight. A monster kill by Dupray gave the Bruins a 7-5 lead, which also marked her 843rd kill in her career moving her into 10th all-time at George Fox. The Bruins then went on a run to go up by five, 14-9, which forced Willamette to take an early timeout. The Bearcats closed the gap to three, 20-17, late in the third set, but the Bruins answered with another big kill by Dupray.

In poetic fashion on senior night, Dupray closed out the match and her career with the final two points to give the Bruins the 25-21 victory.

Top Performers:

Dupray led the Bruins with a team-high 12 kills, hitting .312 on the night. She also recorded one block and 11 digs. Ross and Search both split duties assisting the Bruins with 23 and 20 assists, respectively. Ross ended her night with 23 assists, four service aces, and three digs. Burch ended her night with six kills.

Dupray finished her career at 10th all-time in career kills and 10th all-time in career digs.

What It Means:

The Bruins finish their season 11-13 overall and 5-11 in the NWC. They closed out their final two weeks going 3-1 with all three wins coming in a 3-0 sweep. The Bruins dropped five of their conference matches in five sets.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will enjoy an offseason and look to be in the hunt in 2019.