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First Place Lutes Host George Fox on Friday

First Place Lutes Host George Fox on Friday

Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond

TACOMA, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University women's volleyball team rounds out the first time through Northwest Conference play with a game against George Fox University on Friday night in Olson Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

The Lutes (12-3, 6-1 NWC) head into the match in first place and riding a five-match win streak after sweeping rival University of Puget Sound 3-0 on Wednesday.

Senior Julia Hutchison is close to achieving something she's always wanted. It's not winning a Northwest Conference Championship as a member of the PLU volleyball team. She's already done that. Or make an appearance at the NCAA Division III Tournament. A feat she has also already accomplished. Hutchison is an English Literature major, communication minor who hopes one day to become a high school English teacher.

"I always knew I wanted to pursue a service oriented career, but I didn't know exactly what that meant for me," Hutchison said. "The J-term of my sophomore year, I had a really awesome professor who really connected, encouraged, and cared for everyone in my class. I remember thinking that he had the best job in the world, to work closely with students every day and to be an instrument in their growth. Then it occurred to me that teaching is something that would challenge and excite me, so I declared as an English major, and now here I am looking toward masters in teaching programs."

Language is something that can be incredibly challenging. It's a reason why Hutchison is drawn to it. She claims that English classes encourage students to be thoughtful, giving English teachers an opportunity to uniquely connect to their students. It's something Hutchison hopes to emulate in her career as a teacher.

English professors Dr. Adela Ramos and Dr. Scott Rogers have played significant roles in Hutchison's academic development in her time at PLU. Hutchison receives constant mentorship, and what she feels to be genuine care for her progress.

"Their classes have forced me to push my thinking in new and uncomfortable ways, which though frustrating at times, has made me into the student I am today and the teacher I hope to be," Hutchison said. "Without them my PLU experience would look a lot different."

Hutchison and the rest of the Lute volleyball team hope to teach the Bruins a lesson this Friday inside Olson Gymnasium.

October 6: George Fox at PLU in Olson Gymnasium: (7 p.m.)

Series History: The Lutes and Bruins have met 64 times on the volleyball court with PLU holding a 39-25 edge in the all-time series. The Lutes have been on fire since 2002, winning 20 of the last 21 meetings, including a pair of 3-1 victories last season.

About the Bruins: George Fox (3-6, 2-4 NWC) heads to Tacoma having dropped four of its last five matches. The Bruins lone victory during that stretch was a 3-1 win on the road against Linfield College on Sept. 23.

Madison Ross leads the league in service aces with 18 on the season. Danyle Dupray leads the group with 105 kills. Laney Search fuels the offense, helping with 173 assists. Sophia Lawrence has been excellent for the team on defense, digging up 150 attacks.