Volleyball Comes Up Short in Chicago
Box Score 1 Box Score 2 Chicago, Ill. (Sept. 16, 2006) ???C Offense was in short supply for Oakland???s volleyball team today at the Loyola (Ill.) tournament where the lack of an offensive punch resulted in a pair of losses for the Golden Grizzlies. In the opening match of the day Saint Louis took a 30-13, 30-17, 30-22 win; while in the second match it was Jacksonville State than scored a 30-16, 30-23, 30-15 win. Junior Monica Frechen (Fowler, Mich.) totaled 12 kills over the two matches to lead the Golden Grizzlies. In the opener against Saint Louis the Billikins jumped out to large early leads in each of the first two games, putting Oakland in a hole that it could not get out of as SLU rode the early advantages all the way to wins. In game three Saint Louis again jumped out in front, but this time the Golden Grizzlies had a response. Trailing by eight, OU rolled off seven of the next 10 points, getting a pair of kills from Frechen in the streak as the Golden Grizzlies cut their deficit in half to trail 15-11. Oakland could only put together consecutive points just once the rest of the way, however, as Saint Louis went on to take the match. Against Jacksonville State the Golden Grizzlies trailed by just two in the early going after a Frechen kill made it 11-9 in the opening game. The Gamecocks then put a big run together, taking 12 of the next 17 points to take control of the game. The two teams again played it close in the early part of game two, with the Golden Grizzlies pulling even with their counterparts when a kill from Amanda Morley (Holland, Mich.) made it 13-13. OU then went on to take five of the next six points to take an 18-14 lead after an ace from Nikki Pawson (Blissfield, Mich.), one of four in the match for the freshman. Jacksonville State responded with six straight to take a 20-18 lead on block by its defense. The Golden Grizzlies pulled within one at 22-21 on a Leah Dupuie (Leonard, Mich.) kill, but could not come up with the equalizer as the Gamecocks took six of the last seven points to capture the game. In the final game the Golden Grizzlies could only manage four kills, allowing Jacksonville State to take a big early lead and cruise home with the win. Oakland will open Mid-Continent Conference play in its next action when the Golden Grizzlies will travel to Valparaiso on Friday, September 22 for an 8:00 p.m. Eastern match against the Crusaders.