Bruins vault into tie for third in NWC
George Fox sports round-up George Fox picks up wins over Linfield and Lewis & Clark to insure at least a .500 record this season
Erin Campbell and Karlee Jo Sampson proved to be a potent pairing over the weekend, leading the George Fox volleyball team to wins over Linfield and Lewis and Clark.
The duo combined to register 25 kills in a 25-19, 25-19, 25-18 victory over rival Linfield Friday night in McMinnville as the Bruins posted a .226 hitting mark.
Facing a stiffer test against the Pioneers at home Saturday night, Campbell blasted 20 kills and Sampson 18 to spur GFU to a 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12 triumph.
The effort counterbalanced a 29-kill effort from Lewis & Clarks Kataleya Milan.
In the fifth set, the Bruins fell behind 3-1 out of the gate, but won the next four points to seize control and never looked back.
With the win, the Bruins (12-10 overall, 7-7 Northwest Conference) assured themselves of at least a .500 finish for the season after posting a 9-14 mark in 2012.
George Fox now shares third place with Whitworth and will close out the season by hosting No. 16 Pacific Lutheran on Friday and Willamette on Saturday.
Northwest Conference Championships Kody Tarbell placed 19th in the mens 8K race and Erin Sanders was 32nd in the womens 6K race as the Bruins placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
Tarbell ran a 26:09.22 to finish 19th overall. Also contributing to the team score were Kyle Dreibelbis at 26:13.50 (23rd), Joseph Pia with a 26:24.91 (28th), Cody Thompson with a 26:45.52 (36th), and Bryant Quinn with a 26:58.77 (43rd).
Pia was in the top 10 until the last mile or so, but breathing difficulties caused him to fall back and possibly cost the Bruins (147) a spot or two in the teams standings. Willamette won with 49 points.
In the womens race, Sanders posted a time of 23:43.16 for 32nd place overall and for team scoring, her fourth time this fall to lead the Bruins. Sarah MacKenzie was next with a 24:01.20 (45th).
Also counting for the Bruins were Rachel Gibbs with a 24:36.65 (58th), Kelly Toms with a 25:45.36 (71st), and Taylor Suwa with a 25:48.32 (72nd). Willamette was first with 37 points, with George Fox totaling 239.
Puget Sound 2, George Fox 0 The No. 24 Loggers were aided by a wind-blown corner kick that found the back of the net and a penalty kick to pull off the home victory and clinch the NWC title. Eneko Bereziartua and Carson Swop scored for Puget Sound.
Pacific Lutheran 1, George Fox 0 The Lutes were saved by a late goal from Joe Olegninski in the 82nd minute. Set up by a George Fox foul, Olegninski collected a free kick in the box and scored from six yards out. Ricardo Sotelo made seven saves for the Bruins (1-18, 0-13 NWC).
Linfield 1, George Fox 0 Prolific scorer Emily Fellows connected for the games only goal in the 55th minute, heading home Emma Vukics corner kick. Alyssa Montero amassed 14 saves in the loss.
Pacific 3, George Fox 1 Hannah Harder gave the Bruins the lead in the 33rd minute, following through on a corner kick from Michelle Young. Unfortunately, George Fox (3-14-1, 1-12-1) surrendered three second-half goals.