Volleyball destroys undefeated Green Bay

Golden Grizzlies reign victorious on Player Family Night, now sit third going into Valpo game on Wednesday


Elyse Gregory

The Golden Grizzlies won against the Phoenix 3-0 Saturday night at the O’rena.

Oakland women’s volleyball swept undefeated Green Bay in a 3-0 victory on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The victory was but one of many achievements inside the O’rena on Player Family Night.

Krysteena Davis recorded two digs, four block assists and eight kills with a hitting percentage of .677. Davis’ hitting percentage tied with the seventh-highest in Oakland history for a single match.

Melissa Deatsch and Darien Bandel complemented Davis’ efforts. Deatsch added two service aces and 10 digs, while Bandel contributed 10 kills, three block assists and one block solo.

Head coach Rob Beam praised the team’s efforts.

“I thought this was a match where the team came in focused,” Beam said in a GrizzVision interview. “They really had a purpose today, and it showed.”

Beam was also quick to express the significance of the win.

“This is a really good Green Bay team,” he said. “Their record and their results speak for themselves. I think we just played maybe the most complete match — defensively, serve reception, service blocking and offense — that we played all year.”

The first set saw both teams competing at the same level. Green Bay was first to score, but the Golden Grizzlies rebutted with three successive points of their own.

After trading points back and forth, Green Bay managed to tie the game up at 7-7. From there, Oakland broke out in another scoring streak, leaving the score 11-7. Answering this, Green Bay returned with a successful rally again, tying the game this time at 11-11.

Identifying weaknesses in the Green Bay defense, Oakland turned up the heat, scoring an additional three points, and forcing a Green Bay timeout.

Oakland continued the pressure as Green Bay returned, scoring an additional point and solidifying its 15-11 lead.

Oakland managed to suppress any significant Green Bay resurgence and ended the first set 25-21.

The second set was a testament to Oakland’s offensive ability.

Oakland took the first point, but Green Bay came back with two of their own. The game returned to its back-and-forth pace with the teams tied at six points each.

It was here that the Golden Grizzlies began to dominate the court.

Oakland earned three consecutive points before Green Bay could interrupt. The Green Bay drive was short-lived, as Oakland regained possession of the ball and pushed to a comfy 12-9 lead.

The Golden Grizzlies then rained down on Green Bay, scoring seven consecutive points and forcing two Green Bay timeouts. Now 18-9, Green Bay struggled to overcome the bombardment.

Green Bay relinquished control to Oakland after scoring three points.

The Golden Grizzlies fortified their lead with an additional scoring blitz that yielded five more points. Ultimately, Green Bay could not close the game and ended the set 25-15.

The play of the third set mimicked the second, with Oakland sweeping it 25-16.

The Golden Grizzlies will return to the O’rena Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. ET to take on Valparaiso. Because of the decisive win against Green Bay, Oakland sits at third in the Horizon League going in to this game.