Oct. 19, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Meghan Bray recorded a team-high 17 kills with 14 digs, while Ciara Schultz and Alissa Valentine finished with 21 assists each as the Oakland volleyball team (12-10, 5-5) fell to South Dakota (9-13, 3-7) in four sets at the Athletics Center O'rena Friday evening. The Golden Grizzlies lost with set scores of 25-23, 16-25, 19-25 and 19-25.
"The story of the match was how much effort South Dakota put into this match," said head coach Rob Beam. "We just did not have a response for them after the second set and did not put enough pressure on them."
Taylor Humm earned 10 kills and 12 digs in the match, while Alli Kirk finished with a team-high 19 digs. Brittany Holbrook recorded eight kills with three blocks and Amanda Baker added seven kills and two blocks.
OU came out on fire in the opening set as they led by as many as seven points in the set after winning nine out of 11 points led by Bray and Humm with four kills each. With the score 24-18, the Coyotes battled back as they scored five straight points to cut the lead to two, but Oakland forced a hitting error and won 25-23. In the second set, the Golden Grizzlies grabbed an early 9-6 lead, but a USD run in the middle of the set, winning nine of 10 points, gave South Dakota a 15-10 lead. Oakland fought to make the score 19-16 but a six-point Coyotes run tied that match at 1-1 with a 25-16 set win.
Oakland and USD fought for momentum in the third set as neither team led by more than two as the teams were locked at 15-15. South Dakota would win 10 out of the next 14 points off of seven kills to win 25-19. In the fourth set, the Coyotes would dominate as they never trailed and led by as many as nine points. OU battled winning four out of five points towards the end of the match but a Sydney Dimke kill ended the match with USD winning 25-19.
The Golden Grizzlies will be on the court tomorrow as they face Kansas City at 7 p.m. inside the O'rena. It is Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness night as Oakland will be wearing pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Fans can purchase pink T-shirts for $15 or donate to the Side-Out Foundation at the match.