Aug 30, 2019

Bruins Start 2019 Campaign With 2-0 Record In Oregon Trail Classic

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

NEWBERG --- George Fox women's volleyball opened its 2019 season 2-0 after the first day of the Oregon Trail Classic. The Bruins picked up wins against Methodist (N.C.) and John Carroll (O.H.) to start their 2019 campaign on a high note.


Game One

The Bruins opened the day against the Methodist Monarchs and jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in set one. The Bruins quickly swelled their advantage to a 15-5 lead with kills from Ashtyn Butler, Sophia Davies, and Aryah Zeller. Sophia Lawrence sprinkled a pair of service aces and the Bruins cruised to a 25-16 win in set one after fighting off a late rally attempt from the Monarchs.

The Monarchs made adjustments in the second set and pushed the Bruins harder, but George Fox was still able to grab a 10-8 lead midway through the second set. Kills from Paige O'Rear, Liv Alexander, Laney Search, and Zeller helped the Bruins widen the gap with a 19-13 lead midway through the set, and a 5-0 run with Annika Johnson serving helped the Bruins close out the set at 25-15.

Another early 6-0 lead quickly grew to a 12-6 gap in the third set as the Bruins continued to cruise through the match. Blocks from Sadie Wilson, Bailey LeBreton, and Ashtyn Butler helped George Fox establish a 19-12 and another long service run with Johnson at the line helped close out a sweeping 3-0 win with a 25-14 win in the third set.

Game Two

The Bruins faced off against John Carroll in their second match of the day and showed good mental toughness in a hard-fought, four-set victory.

The Bruins dropped the first set, 25-17, after struggling offensively and making 11 errors in the opening set. Despite the errors, the Bruins were able to hang tight for the majority of the set and rarely trailed by more than three points.

The Bruins made good adjustments and took a 9-3 lead to start the second set. An answering run from the Blue Streaks closed the gap to a 12-7 lead for the Bruins, but a quick answering run gave the Bruins a 20-9 lead after the midway mark of the set. A Search service ace and unforced JCU errors closed out the second set to level the match at 1-1 with a 25-16 final in set two.

George Fox trailed early in set three, down 9-6, but fought back into the lead midway through the set with kills from Search and a service ace from Emily Carson. A sideout battle closed the set as the two sides fought point for point, but a kill by Wilson closed the door with a 25-22 final in set three and gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead in the set count.

After battling point for point again to start set four, the Bruins found themselves trailing late in the fourth set, 17-15. John Carroll continued to lead late and held a 24-21 advantage, a single tally from forcing set five, but the Bruins dug deep and put together a 5-0 run to win in four sets. Kills from Alexander and Search, paired with an O'Rear service ace, put the final nail in the coffin in a 26-24 come-from-behind win.

Top Performers

Butler led the way against Methodist with 11 kills and Sophia Lawrence racked up 26 digs to keep the Bruins' offense in control of the tempo.

Search registered 14 kills and 29 assists against John Carroll and Alexander was just behind with 13 kills, while Bouwman dished out 20 dimes in her Bruins debut.

What It Means

The Bruins open the year with a 2-0 record for the second season in a row and showed strong mental resolve in their two wins.

What Happens Next

George Fox plays St. Thomas (Minn.) and Hamline (Minn.) on Saturday, August 31, to close the 2019 Oregon Trail Classic.