Aug 31, 2019

Bruins Fall To .500 After Day Two Of 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
  • 1 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
  • 13 All-Americans 
  • 5 Academic All-Americans
  • 47 All-NWC Athletes

NEWBERG --- The George Fox women's volleyball team finished its second Oregon Trail Classic with a pair of losses at home to St. Thomas (Minn.) and Hamline (Minn.) on Saturday, August 31.

Recaps

Game One

The Bruins started strong with a 25-18 win in the opening set after outhitting their opponents, the Tommies, .346 to .094 in the opener. A quick 10-7 lead for the Bruins turned into a 16-16 tie after a rallying Tommies effort, but the Bruins were able to make a run of their own with kills by Liv Alexander and Ashtyn Butler to close out set one with a 25-18 win.

The second set brought offense struggle for the Bruins as they committed their highest number of attack errors in the match. The Tommies claimed an early 8-5 lead and the Bruins would rally to take back control midway through the set with a 16-11 tally. St. Thomas ultimately pulled away in the final stages, however, and broke a 24-24 tie with two straight points to win set two, 26-24.

The Tommies carried that momentum into the third set with an early 5-2 lead. A pair of kills from Laney Search helped close the gap to a 10-8 Tommies advantage, but the Bruins couldn't wrest control from their guests in the third stanza. A late run put the third set out of reach with a 25-17 final in favor of St. Thomas.

Trailing two sets to one, the Bruins came out with good energy in the start of set four and matched the Tommies point for point in the early going after kills by Search and Bailey LeBreton. St. Thomas went on a run in the middle of set four to pull away, however, and the Bruins were unable to recover in a 25-18 final that ended the match.

Game Two

The Bruins played host for Hamline in their second match of the day and were blanked in a three-set defeat to the Pipers.

The Bruins played from behind for most of the opening set against the Pipers and struggled to get into a rhythm offensively. An early 6-4 Hamline lead turned into a 12-5 gap in short order. The Bruins were able to rally in the middle of the set with Hamline errors and a kill by Alexander, but the Pipers put on another burst to close set one with a 25-15 final.

After making some mid-match adjustments, the Bruins were able to take a small lead in set two with a LeBreton kill and a block set by Sadie Wilson and LeBreton. The Pipers would pull even and continued to trade sideouts with the Bruins into the late stages of the second set until a final run from Hamline broke a 24-24 tie for a 26-24 Pipers win in set two.

The late surge in set two from Hamline carried over into the third set as the Bruin found themselves behind early, 11-5, in what proved to be the last set of the afternoon. Kills from Search and Alexander cut the gap to a two-point lead, 12-10, but the Pipers answered back with a pair of runs to put the match out of reach in a 25-18 final.

Top Performers

Alexander set the pace with 15 kills and Search handed out 22 helpers to go with 10 kills in the four-set loss to St. Thomas. Search dished out 22 assists against the Pipers, Paige O'Rear tallied eight kills, and Alexander matched O'Rear in the three-set loss to Hamline. Sophia Lawrence racked up 37 total digs through the day to help her team on the back row.

What It Means

The Bruins move to 2-2 on the year after two losses in the last day of the Oregon Trail Classic.

What Happens Next

George Fox travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for four matches at the Augsburg College Classic on Friday and Saturday, September 6 & 7.