Sep 07, 2019

Bruins Swept By Top Ranked Teams, Lawrence Named All-Tournament

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

MINNEAPOLIS --- The George Fox volleyball team played its final two matches at the Augsburg Volleyball Invitational against Wisconsin-La Crosse and No. 4-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Bruins were competitive in each set throughout the day, but ultimately lost 3-0 to both teams in a pair of sweeping defeats.

Recap

Match One

The Bruins put up a good fight in the opening two sets against the Eagles, but La Crosse prevailed in both sets with a final score of 25-22. The final set saw more adjustments from the Eagles and led to a 25-14 final, ending the Bruins' first match of the day in a three-set sweep.

The Bruins made good improvement from day one of the tournament offensively as they trimmed hitting errors and stayed competitive, led by Liv Alexander and Paige O'Rear on the attack.

Match Two

George Fox put up a good fight against a top-five opponent in a test against Eau Claire. In the opening set the Bruins had their best set of the entire Invitational, tallying nine kills and no errors as a team. However, the BluGolds were able to best the Bruins with a 25-19 set one final.

The second set was more of a struggle offensively for the Bruins, but it was still a well-contested result. The Bruins were edged out with a 25-20 final in set two but they were able to carry momentum into the final set.

The Bruins kept pace with the BluGolds from start to finish in set three, matching them sideout for sideout until the end. The Bruins were unable to force the issue, however, as the No. 4 BluGolds pulled away in the end and finished a sweeping win with a 25-22 final in the third set.

Top Performers

Alexander tallied 11 kills and O'Rear produced 10 for the Bruins against the Eagles of La Crosse. O'Rear finished with a double-double after adding 12 digs, and Sophia Lawrence tallied 13 digs to lead the team.

Bailey LeBreton led the way against Eau Claire with eight kills on an incredibly efficient eight-for12 (.667) performance, while Lawrence added 12 kills and Bouwman dished 20 assists.

All-Tournament

Lawrence was selected to the Invitational All-Tournament team for her performances as the Bruins' libero throughout the weekend. Lawrence tallied 64 digs, nine assists, and six service aces through the weekend to help her team.

What It Means

The Bruins fall to 2-6 on the year and have lost six in a row after facing some tough, nationally-ranked opponents at the Invitational.

What Happens Next

The Bruins face Austin (Texas) at Lewis & Clark College on Friday, Sept. 13, at 4:30 pm in their final test before Northwest Conference competition starts on Sept. 20.