Sept. 28, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Meghan Bray tallied 18 kills and 13 digs and Alissa Valentine added 22 assists and 14 digs as Oakland (9-7, 2-3) dropped a four-set match to North Dakota State (5-10, 2-3), 3-1 (20-25, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25), in Summit League volleyball action on Friday night inside the Athletics Center O'rena.
"We had 14 or 15 unforced errors and that was the difference," said OU coach Rob Beam. "I'm disappointed in our team effort tonight and I expect a better team performance tomorrow."
Alli Kirk led Oakland with 22 digs, and Taylor Humm and Brittany Holbrook each added double-digit kills for the Golden Grizzlies with 12 and 10, respectively. Ciara Schultz set up 17 assists and Humm recorded 12 digs.
The Golden Grizzlies were sluggish on the attack, hitting just .179 as a team and had 18 attack errors. OU had 10 service errors and four receiving errors in the match. NDSU's Brynn Joki posted 18 kills and 20 digs, while Megan Lambertson drove down 16 kills for the Bison.
With the score tied at 13, Lambertson recorded a kill and a service ace to spur a 5-1 rally for the Bison and take command of the first set. NDSU held the Golden Grizzlies to just 11 kills and Oakland contributed four service errors.
After a strong kill by Bray brought the Golden Grizzlies within two points in the second set, 18-16, OU again self destructed with a service error and the Bison registered four consecutive kills to extend the lead to seven points and eventually win by six, 25-19. The Grizzlies hit just .170 in the second set, 12 kills in 47 attacks.
OU took the third set, 25-21, thanks to just three errors and a .262 hitting percentage. The Golden Grizzlies had a pair of blocks and a Bison ball-handling error that led to a 10-5 lead. NDSU would get within two points, 20-18, but Humm came up with a big kill and NDSU added another ball-handling error as the Grizzlies fought back for the four-point win.
The Bison would once again take advantage of a couple of OU errors and jumped in front 7-1 in the fourth set. That lead would grow to eight points and would prove to be too much for the Golden Grizzlies to overcome. OU would hit just .042 in the final set.
The Golden Grizzlies will host South Dakota State (11-5, 3-2) on Saturday night inside the O'rena at 7 p.m.