Oct. 15, 2013
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland volleyball dropped a 3-0 decision to Bowling Green (9-9, 5-1 MAC) on Tuesday in the Athletics Center O'rena in its annual Breast Cancer Awareness match. The 25-20, 25-20, 25-14 loss brings OU's record to 8-12, 2-3 HL.
"This was a tough loss for us," commented head coach, Rob Beam. "We consider Bowling Green one of our highlight matches of the year and unfortunately we didn't put a performance out there to equal that status. We need to take some actions to move forward and be better on Friday night against Valpo."
As a team, Oakland hit .085 for the match including -.077 in the first set and .081 in the third set. Bowling Green mustered a .296 hitting percentage to control the offense of the match. OU had four players with five kills and Melissa Deatsch recorded two service aces, but it was not enough to fight off the visiting Falcons.
The first set of the match featured an Oakland advantage for the first goings but Bowling Green tied the set at 7-7 and jumped to a seven-point lead at 18-11 and continued on to win the set 25-20. In the second set, Oakland began with the lead and things were looking up for the home team. Bowling Green crept back into the thick of things though and tied the score 11-11. Oakland did not regain the lead for the remainder of the set and the Falcons took the second set, 25-20 to gain the 2-0 overall advantage.
The final set of the match got out of Oakland's hands quickly. The Grizzlies did not lead throughout the entire set and Bowling Green was able to build a large lead and put the set away, 25-14, taking the match 3-0.
Oakland next takes the court this weekend against Valpo on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. and against UIC on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.