Sept. 11, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Meghan Bray recorded 22 kills and 13 digs and Taylor Humm finished with 19 kills and 25 digs as the Oakland volleyball team (7-4) outlasted Eastern Michigan (10-3) in a five-set battle Tuesday night inside the Athletics Center O'rena. OU won with set scores of 25-14, 21-25, 25-16, 18-25 and 15-10.
"Eastern Michigan is a good program who came in at 10-2 with a nice group of veterans with a lot of match experience," said head coach Rob Beam. "We knew it was going to be a battle as they went five sets with Cleveland State and we just came off a five-set match with them as well. It was nice to be tested going into league play and earn a victory."
In the deciding set, both teams battled for momentum as the teams were tied at 9-9 with the teams combining for four lead chances. The Golden Grizzlies grabbed control winning six out of the next seven points as Bray recorded three kills and Mary Grassano earned an ace as Oakland took the set 15-10 and won the match.
Oakland jumped out to an early lead in the opening set and led by as many as 11 points behind 18 combined kills and a .471 hitting percentage to cruise to a 25-14 opening set win. In the second set, EMU tied the match at 1-1 after recording 19 kills led by Rachel Iaquanniello with eight kills in the set. The Eagles kept the Oakland attack down by earning three blocks and finishing with 30 digs in the set.
The Golden Grizzlies and Eastern Michigan battled early on in the third set but Oakland broke away with six straight points as Humm recorded two kills and the team of Holbrook and Amber Miehlke combined for two blocks to go up 16-9 and hold the momentum to win 25-16. Eastern Michigan pushed the match to a deciding fifth set as they took control early and never let up, leading by as many as 11 points in the match earning 13 kills and forced seven OU hitting errors to win 25-18.
OU will be in action on Friday as they open Summit League play against Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. on Parent's Night inside the Athletics Center O'rena.