NEWBERG, Ore. – Combining for 27 kills and a .439 hitting percentage, George Fox outside hitters Erin Campbell and Erin Sprowls put on a powerful offensive display to pace the Bruins to a 3-0 sweep of the Linfield Wildcats in Northwest Conference action Friday night at the Wheeler Sports Center.
Campbell, a junior right-hander, had a match-high 16 kills and only two errors in 37 attempts for a .378 percentage, while Sprowls, a freshman lefty, hammered 11 kills with no errors in 20 attacks for a blistering .550 mark. Led by that dynamic duo, the Bruins as a team nearly doubled the number of kills mustered by their Yamhill County rivals, George Fox hitting .262 (49 kills and 16 errors in 126 attempts) to .068 (25 kills and 17 errors in 117 attempts) for Linfield.
The Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set with kills by Sprowls and Campbell around a service ace by Brooke Sturdevant and never trailed. Sturdevant added another ace and Campbell three more kills in a 4-0 run that boosted the Bruins to a 15-8 lead, and the Wildcats got no closer than five points the rest of the way. Kills by Sprowls and Campbell completed the Bruins’ win in the opener.
Linfield had a pair of early one-point leads in the second set, but the Bruins broke an 8-8 tie on a kill by Tiffany Burk, and Karlee Jo Sampson added a pair of winners as the home team moved ahead 13-8. The ‘Cat rallied with a 5-0 run of their own to tie it 16-16, fueled by a kill and an ace by Kailana Ritte-Camara (Jr., Molokai, Hawaii), but a Linfield attack error and two winners by Campbell put the Bruins back in front for good. Sampson hit winners for each of the Bruins’ final three points in the set.
In the final set, the Bruins took a 6-2 lead, keyed by a pair of blocks by Burk with Sprowls and Campbell, and they led the rest of the match. The Wildcats were within two at 12-10, but a pair of kills by Sampson and one by Campbell gave the Bruins some breathing room at 15-10. George Fox eventually stretched its lead to eight at 19-11 following a Linfield attack error, and the visitors got no closer than six thereafter. Burk’s 10th kill of the night concluded the match.
Setting up the Bruins’ trio of double-digit killers were Payton Shrum with 37 assists and Chelsea Wilson with seven.
Sturdevant finished with three aces. On defense, Wilson had 23 digs, Campbell 12, and Shrum 11, with Sturdevant just missing double figures with nine. Burk, Sprowls, and Kylee Adderson each had three blocks in the Bruins’ total of seven.
Ritte-Camara, Victoria Thompson (Jr., Newberg, Ore.), and Suzanne Dahl (Fr., Bellevue, Wash.) had five kills apiece to lead the Linfield offense, with Casie Gaza (Fr., Mililani, Hawaii) and Audrey Frazier (Jr., Albany, Ore.) contributing 12 and 11 assists respectively. Courtney Wanamaker (Jr., West Linn, Ore.) had 20 digs and Ritte-Camara added 11.
The Bruins improved to 7-6 overall with their second straight win and 2-3 in the conference while dropping the Wildcats to 4-8 overall and 0-5 in the league.
NEXT: Linfield hosts Pacific Saturday starting at 7 p.m.
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