Oct. 11, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Cassie Pelloni led Oakland with 11 kills and Melissa Deatsch recorded an incredible four service aces as the Golden Grizzlies (8-11, 2-3 HL) whizzed by Wright State (6-16, 0-5 HL) in three sets. The set scores were 25-13, 25-19 and 25-20.
"I thought this was one of our most complete performances of the season," said head coach, Rob Beam. "Not only were we physically very good tonight, but our players' mentality about competing together and staying focused on the play at hand was outstanding."
As a team, OU mustered a .347 hitting efficiency compared to the .079 posted by the Raiders. Amanda Baker tallied seven block assists closely followed by teammates Allia Knight and Brooke Wadsworth with five each.
The first set of the match began tightly but two kills from Wadsworth would give Oakland the 6-5 lead, which would hold for the remainder of the set. OU went on to win set one 25-13. In the second set, Wright State began with an early lead but gave up its advantage to the Grizzlies, who built a three-point gap at 16-13, but then allowed the persistent Raiders to catch back up. Alissa Valentine recorded a kill to even the score at 18-18 and it was clear sailing until the end of the set for Oakland, hanging on for the 25-19 victory and 2-0 advantage in the match.
Set three would turn out to be the final set of the match between the two teams though Wright State did maintain a lead for a good portion of the set. A Raider attack error brought Oakland to a deadlock with Wright State at 15-15 and the Grizzlies were back in the driver's seat. The final kill of the match came from none other than Pelloni to end the set 25-20 and win the match in three straight sets.
Oakland will not have a Saturday match this weekend as they next compete in a mid-week contest when Bowling Green comes to the Athletics Center O'rena. The match is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Fans are reminded that this will be the Breast Cancer Awareness game and to wear pink in support of this special event.