Sep 27, 2019

Bruins Fall In Four To Pacific Lutheran

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 volleyball team fell to Pacific Lutheran in four sets to fall to 1-2 in NWC play at home on Friday night.

Recap

The Bruins struggled early in the match against the third-place Lutes as their guests took an early 10-4 lead in set one. the Bruins tried to rally and answer the bell, but PLU held the lead and took set one, 25-16.

The Bruins showed signs of life in the second set which they won 25-21. A 10-6 Bruin advantage was shaved down to a 12-10 lead by the Lutes, but the Bruins were able to widen the gap again for a 22-17 lead. The Bruins evened the match at 1-1 with serves from Ashtyn Butler to claim the second set by four rallies.

The third and fourth sets were more challenging offensively for the Bruins. George Fox was unable to get much going in the last half of the match and faltered to a .053 kill percentage in the match as the team had trouble capitalizing on attacking opportunities. The final two sets each ended with seven attack errors for the Bruins as they hit slightly in the negative to close out the night with a 25-18 loss in set three and a 25-14 loss in set four.

Top Performers

Liv Alexander's nine kills led the team on the attack, while Kacey Bouwman and Paige O'Rear each had two aces. Sophia Lawrence had a season-high 30 digs on defense and Bailey LeBreton had three blocks. 

What It Means

George Fox falls to 1-2 in conference play and fifth place in the NWC with a 4-8 overall record in 2019.

What Happens Next

The Bruins travel to face Willamette in Salem on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 6:00 pm.