Oakland Volleyball Hands Fort Wayne Second League Loss 3-1
The Golden Grizzlies have the only two league victories over the Mastodons this season.
Oct. 12, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Meghan Bray recorded 14 kills and 18 digs, while Taylor Humm added 11 kills and a team-high 20 digs as the Oakland volleyball team (12-9, 5-4 Summit) handed Fort Wayne (17-4, 7-2 Summit) only its second league loss of the season in four sets. OU won with set scores of 25-22, 25-21, 16-25 and 25-19.
"This was an exceptional performance by our entire team," said head coach Rob Beam. "The energy level was outstanding. I am very proud of how hard our players competed."
Alli Kirk had 19 digs, Mary Grassano added 14 and Alissa Valentine finished with 12 digs in the match. Amanda Baker finished with seven kills and a .429 hitting percentage while Brittany Holbrook added six kills with six total blocks. Ciara Schultz led the team with 24 assists.
Fort Wayne held a slight lead for most of the opening set but Oakland would tie the set at 19-19. OU would win seven out of the next 10 points behind two kills by Humm and the OU defense forced three hitting errors to win 25-23. In the second set, the Mastodons jumped out early in the set, leading by as many as three points. The Golden Grizzlies battled to keep the game close trailing by only one point with the score 21-20. OU would win the final five points as they forced three IPFW hitting errors to take a 2-0 advantage in the match with a 25-21 victory.
After dropping the third set 25-16, Oakland fell behind quickly in the fourth set 9-6. OU would win seven out of the next eight points behind three Humm kills to go up 13-11. The Golden Grizzlies would go on another run winning seven of eight points with Bray earning four kills in the run, as they used the momentum to win the set 25-19 and take the match.
With the victory, Oakland moves into a tie for fourth place in The Summit League. The Golden Grizzlies will be return to the Athletics Center O'rena on Oct. 19 as they host South Dakota starting at 7 p.m.