Oct 18, 2019

Bruins Extend Win Streak with Win Over Pacific (Ore.)

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

By Joshua Nutter

NEWBERG --- The George Fox volleyball team knocked Pacific (Ore.) out of first-place tie in the Northwest Conference with a road win on Friday night. The Bruins won the match in four sets by scores of 25-23, 17-25, 25-14, 25-23. 

Recap

George Fox was able to wrestle away the first set victory over the previously top-ranked Boxers after trailing by as many as five points in the set. Pacific led the set 19-14 before winning 11 of the final 14 serves to take it 25-23. The Bruins capitalized on six Pacific errors and used a 3-0 run by Laney Search serves which was capped off by an ace to take a 21-20 lead. Liv Alexander had a pair of kills including the finishing blow to win the set for GFU. 

The Boxers cruised to a 25-17 win in the second set. Paige O'Rear had five kills in the set to lead the Bruins but the Boxers used a 6-0 run and a 5-0 run to win the set. Fox was marred by eight team errors in the set. 

The third set was the Bruins' strongest, taking the set 25-14. Pacific jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Bruins hit the gas and sped away with the match. Fox brought the score even at 11 before winning nine straight serves by O'Rear to put the Boxers in serious jeopardy. The Boxers went on a 3-0 run of their own before the Bruins shut the match down, winning six straight points to go ahead 2-1 in the match. O'Rear led the Bruins with five kills in the set to go along with her momentum-swinging service streak that included a pair of aces. 

Fox finished off Pacific in the final set with another hard-fought 25-23 win. GFU and Pacific exchanged points throughout the set and the score was knotted up at 19. O'Rear had an ace to put the Bruins up 21-19 before the Boxers tied it back up at 22. GFU then took three of the final four points to win the match on a Pacific error. 

Top Performers 

O'Rear had a game-high 16 kills and led GFU with three aces. Ashtyn Butler had 10 kills and Sophia Lawrence had a team-high 12 digs. 

What it means

The Bruins now have a three-game win streak to improve to 4-5 in NWC play and sit in sixth place in the NWC standings at 7-11 overall. 

What's Next

The Bruins will return home to Miller Gymnasium to host last-placed Linfield on Saturday evening.