Sep 06, 2019

Bruins Drop Two On Opening Day Of Augsburg Invite

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

MINNEAPOLIS --- The George Fox women's volleyball team traveled to take part in the 38t annual Augsburg Volleyball Invitational. The Bruins are slated to play four matches over the weekend in the round-robin tournament, but fell in three sets in each of their first two matches of the Invitational.

Recaps

Match One

The Bruins played a tough feel-out set one in their match against the No.12-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks. Both teams struggled to find their rhythm on offense in the opener, combining for nearly as many errors (16) as kills (20) in the first set. George Fox committed a handful more errors in the opening set, tilting set one to the Warhawks with a 25-22 final.

The Bruins' attack continued to struggle in set two against a top-ranked opponent as they committed more errors than they recorded kills. The Bruin defense was able to hold the Warhawks to single-digit kills in set two but still fell, 25-17.

George Fox had its best offensive outing in the third set and improved their team attack rate by better than .300 from set two. The Bruins' hitters tallied 13 kills against just five errors in the final set, but the Warhawks were able to better both marks in a 25-21 win to complete the sweep.

Match Two

George Fox played its second match of the Invitational against (RV) Dubuque (Iowa). The Bruins got off to a slow start in set one but did manage to finish with double-digit kills on offense in a 25-16 set one loss.

The second set was the Bruins' most competitive of the afternoon as the teams battled into extra rallies to decide the second frame of competition. Two more kills by the Spartans made the final difference, however, in a 29-27 loss that tipped the match towards Dubuque.

The Bruins produced more kills on offense in the third set than their opponents but the Spartans were more efficient in that regard. The Bruins' two extra kills came on ten more attempts and were accompanied by more hitting errors in a 25-19 loss that ended the match in another sweep.

Top Performers

Paige O'Rear led the Bruins on the day with 22 total kills, including 12 against the No. 12 team in NCAA DIII. Kacey Bouwman finished the day with 30 assists, and Sophia Lawrence added 29 digs to help her team stay competitive throughout the afternoon.

What It Means

George Fox is now 2-4 in its 2019 campaign and has lost four straight matches after opening the year with back to back wins.

What Happens Next

George Fox faces Wisconsin-La Crosse and No. 4-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm PT on Sept. 7 to conclude its time at the Invitational.