George Fox University Bruin RecruitsGeorge Fox University Bruin Recruits

NCAA Division IIITo be one of the best. It's the reason athletes compete at the NCAA Division III level. And at George Fox, athletes get the opportunity to pursue their passion for sports at a nationally ranked Christian college with a storied athletic tradition that includes both individual and team national championships. We're excited about the quality of student-athletes who will join us for the 2017-18 academic year as we pursue our vision of being "the team to beat." In April, we invited them to campus for a Commitment Day to celebrate their decision* and are proud to introduce our newest Bruins to you.

Women's Tennis

Alyssa Byde

Name: Alyssa Byde

High School: Sanger High School (Sanger, California)

Sport(s): Tennis

Height / Weight: 5-5

High School Highlights:
Was a County/Metro Athletic Conference first-team player in 2015 and helped team win CMAC championship in 2016

Why I chose George Fox:
When I first walked on campus I loved the atmosphere and the people that I met, and when I got the chance to play tennis, I knew I wanted to go to George Fox.

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Sophia Lawrence

Name: Sophia Lawrence

High School: Bellingham High School (Bellingham, Washington)

Sport(s): Volleyball and tennis

Position(s): Libero (volleyball)

Height / Weight: 5-6

High School Highlights:
Earned Sportsmanship Award at State Volleyball Tournament as a senior and was sportsmanship representative for girls sports for Bellingham High School that same season; named to All-Whatcom County Team in volleyball and selected first-team all-conference in volleyball her senior year, when she was named team MVP; served as a team captain for her volleyball team her junior and senior years; helped Bellingham reach state volleyball tournament for the first time in 25 years her senior year, when she led the team in digs; in tennis, she was named Most Inspirational Player on her team as a junior and Most Improved as a sophomore; she was also second in 2A girls state doubles as a junior, when she was named first-team all-conference in the sport

Why I chose George Fox:
It was the Christ-centered community I was searching for. Volleyball and tennis have always been two of my passions in life, and to be able to involve God's love with it all is even sweeter.

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Taylor Morris

Name: Taylor Morris

High School: Clackamas High School (Clackamas, Oregon)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s): Third singles, second doubles

Height / Weight: 5-2

High School Highlights:
Was part of team that went undefeated and won league titles (Class 6A Mt. Hood Conference) in 2015 and 2016; took fifth place in district singles as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
I love how nice and welcoming all the staff are. I love the smallness of the campus. It is beautiful. I like the small class sizes and that our professors will actually know who we are. I like that it is a Christian college that is not too far away from home. I also like that I am able to continue playing a sport at the collegiate level while getting my degree.

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Jillian Studer

Name: Jillian Studer

High School: South Salem High School (Salem, Oregon)

Sport(s): Tennis

Position(s): Singles and doubles

Height / Weight: 5-8

High School Highlights:
Earned first-team all-league (Class 6A Greater Valley Conference) as a junior, when she was second at districts; placed fourth at districts in both her freshman and sophomore seasons; earned first-team all-league recognition as a sophomore; team was first at districts her freshman year and an OSAA Academic All-state recipient her junior year; undefeated as a senior in doubles and seeded No. 1 for districts; won a first-round state match as a junior

Why I chose George Fox:
The spiritual, academic and athletic opportunities to challenge and improve me as a Christian, student and athlete are unparalleled.

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* Student-athletes listed above have accepted George Fox University's written offer of admission and/or financial aid. George Fox University is a member of the NCAA Div. III.