Sep 21, 2019

Bruins Earn First NWC Win With Sweep Of Linfield

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

McMINNVILLE --- The George Fox volleyball team turned around after Friday's loss against Pacific (Ore.) with a sweep of Linfield on the road on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Recap

George Fox took the match in straight sets, winning by scores of 25-14, 25-19, 25-23. Paige O'Rear led the Bruins in kills for the second consecutive night, registering nine in the contest while Liv Alexander added eight more to lead the Bruins attack.

The Bruins were highly efficient in the first set with a .344 kill percentage that allowed the team to capitalize on many scoring opportunities for a quick win, 25-14. Linfield jumped ahead 10-3 in the second set before George Fox used a pair of 5-0 runs to take control and rally back to keep the Wildcats at bay.

The final set was a tight one as both teams exchanged points and were knotted up at 23-23 before a service error by Linfield's Aylea Dixon put the Bruins ahead 24-23. Sophia Lawrence proceeded to put the match to bed with a game-winning ace to finish off the Wildcats.

Top Performers

O'Rear and Alexander led the team with their nine and eight kills, respectively. Ashtyn Butler had two blocks and Laney Search had a team-high 15 assists. Lawrence put up a match-best 13 digs for the Bruins.

Milestone Achievement

Lawrence passed the 1000-dig mark in her career in the third set with her 12th dig of the night, putting her on pace to crack the Top 10 in program history later this season. The junior libero needs 87 digs to tie former teammate Danyle Dupray for tenth all-time on the Bruins' career leaderboard with 1088 digs and is on pace to pass Dupray by the midpoint of October.

What It Means

The Bruins swept the Wildcats to improve to 1-1 in NWC play and 4-7 overall.

What Happens Next

George Fox will return to action on Friday, September 27 as they host Pacific Lutheran in Wheeler Sports Center.