Nov 11, 2019

Four Bruins Garner All-NWC Honors

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

HILLSBORO --- The Northwest Conference office has announced the 2019 All-NWC team. Emiko Kahler (Whitworth), Sophia Lawrence (George Fox), and Halle Hetzler (Pacific Lutheran) were honored as Player of the Year, Libero of the Year, and Freshman of the Year, while Emily Davis was tabbed as the NWC Coach of the Year.

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Davis was honored for the first time in her career at George Fox as the Coach of the Year for leading the Bruins from the bottom of the NWC standings to a tie for second after an incredible 9-1 run through the back half of the NWC schedule. Davis is the first Bruin volleyball coach to be honored since Steve Grant last won the award in 1998, marking the second time a Bruin head coach has received the conference honor.

Lawrence was tagged as the Libero of the Year after leading the NWC in digs per set from wire to wire for the year. The junior averaged better than 5.5 digs per set on the season – more than a half-dig ahead of the nearest competitor – and also passed the 1000-career-dig milestone this season. Lawrence is now a two-time All-NWC player after being named to the First Team ranks, and currently sits 22 digs out of eighth all-time at George Fox with 1276 in her career.

Laney Search was named a Second Team All-NWC setter for her play as the fulcrum of the offense. After David switched to a 5-1 offense midway through the season, the junior setter finished the year averaging better than 10 assists per set at a pace that would have led all NWC players for the year. Search finished with 658 assists and 186 digs, as well as 24 blocks, in her first All-NWC season.

Bailey LeBreton was also named All-NWC for the first time after leading the NWC for the majority of the season by averaging 0.98 blocks per set. The freshman middle garnered Honorable Mention honors and ended her debut season with 84 total blocks, including 16 solo, and also chipped in 183 kills at an attack rate of .257 to lead the team in efficiency.