Stolsig Leads Bruins to Win Over Willamette

SALEM, OR — Linzi Stolsig has 17 kills and Cassandra Woods recorded eight blocks at the George Fox Bruins beat the Willamette University volleyball team in a Northwest Conference match Friday night at the Cone Field House.
After Willamette won the first game, 30-24, GFU came back to win the final three games by scores of 30-19, 30-17 and 30-27.

The Bearcats started off strong, winning the first seven points on serves by Jessica Drumm. Jessica McGraw (22 kills, 30 digs) and Kelley Lindstrom each had a pair of kills in that early spurt. But the Bruins came back to pull within one at 16-15 before a Bruin error, a service ace by Kristin Kutara and a pair of kills from Marci Bird put the Bearcats back ahead comfortably. Another two kills from McGraw gave the Bearcats game one, 30-24.

The next two games went to the Bruins in similar fashion. This time is was George Fox opening up big leads — 10-4 in both games — as they cruised to easy wins. The front line of Stolsig, Woods, Whitney Kolb and Liz Anderson dominated play in those two games as setter Amy Knight (29 assists) began to find the range.

In the deciding game four, the Bruins opened up a 13-9 lead on a Bearcat error and a kill by Woods. Time and again, as the Bearcats battled back, George Fox came up with big plays. Stolsig’s kill made it 18-16. Kolb’s kill kept the Bruins ahead at 20-18.

With the Bruins up 22-21, George Fox reeled off six straight points on three Bearcat attack errors, a service ace from Amy Knight and another kill by Woods. The Bearcats pulled back within two at 29-27 on a kill by Mary Butler and two attack errors by GFU, but Stolsig iced the game when she pounded home her final kill.

For the game, Stolsig has 17 kills and 35 digs. Woods’ eight blocks and six from Anderson led the Bruins to 20 blocks in the match.

For Willamette, McGraw’s 22 kills led the Bearcats. Roni Schneider had 39 digs and Jessica Drumm had 38 assists for the Bearcats.

George Fox is now 10-8 overall and 5-6 in the NWC. The Bearcats fall to 1-14 overall, 1-10 NWC.