Aug. 30, 2009
St. Francis Box Score / Towson Box Score
MORGANTOWN,W .Va. - Senior Adrienne Leone was named MVP of the West Virginia University Classic, while junior Brittany Dunn and sophomore Ashley Nevelle were both named to the all-Tournament Team as the Oakland University volleyball team (3-0) used a final-day sweep, topping St. Francis (Pa.) 3-0 and Towson 3-2, to claim the tournament championship.
The Golden Grizzlies toppled St. Francis 25-15, 25-16, and 25-16, before being forced to come from behind in the finale against Towson, dropping the first two sets 25-21 and 26-24 before rallying 25-22 in both sets three and four, and claiming a 15-11 decision in the fifth set.
In the opener, Leone smashed home 13 kills, while Nevelle dished out 28 assists, and Dunn turned in 13 digs. OU held a .277 to .019 hitting advantage for the match, with the Golden Grizzlies hitting .519 in the second set. Sophomore Allison Bell had a match-high four block assists, to lead an OU effort that turned in six total blocks.
"This was another strong performance for our team," said head coach Rob Beam. "It was nice to see us be able to control a match from start to finish offensively and defensively. The team was certainly more relaxed this morning and it showed. We had a number of good offensive performances, but Adrienne and Meghan (Bray) really stood out.
Bray turned in an eight-kill effort, hitting .438 in the win.
"It was also nice to be able to see a number of players come into the match and make solid contributions and expand a lead."
The tournament finale against Towson was a back-and-forth affair that saw Leone once again lead the way with 23 kills. Bray added 13, while Nevelle dished out 40 assists. Dunn added 23 digs, Bray added 10, while Nevelle (11), Leone (11) and freshman Alli Kirk (10) all pitched in double-digit digs.
"I am really proud of how our team fought from down two sets to win the match," added Beam. "We showed a lot of courage against a strong Towson team. Our outsides really came through for us tonight. Adrienne and Meghan carried our offense and did a great job handling the ball. Ashley did a great job of moving our outsides around and finding openings in their block, and once again, Brittany played great defense."
Leone and freshman Brittany Holbrook added three block assists in the winning effort.
OU will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 5, as Oakland University hosts the first-ever Golden Grizzly Invitational. North Texas, Canisius, and Wright State will all visit the Athletics Center O'Rena for the six-match, round-robin tournament. The tournament will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with a North Texas/Canisius matchup.