The Sporting Blitz: Oct. 26, 2016

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Volleyball (15-9, 7-3)

The Golden Grizzlies split a pair of matches over the weekend, beating Green Bay in five sets on Friday, Oct. 21, and losing in five sets to University of Illinois at Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Oakland came back in the win against Green Bay, going down in the first set, trading the next three and closing it out in the fifth, 15-10.

Melissa Deatsch led the Golden Grizzlies with 15 kills, followed by Jessica Dood with 11 and Sammy Condon with 10. Jordan Lentz had 44 of the team’s 54 assists. Alli Gutschow led the team with 13 digs, followed by Deatsch with 12 and Lauren Dolmage with 11. Krysteena Davis led Oakland in block assists with eight, followed by Lentz and Darien Bandel with three each.

UIC got Oakland in the first set Saturday night, 25-22, but the Golden Grizzlies grabbed the next two. The Flames edged out Oakland by two in the fourth and took the fifth 15-10.

Deatsch led the Golden Grizzlies with 20 kills, followed by Bandel with 19 and Dood with 11. Lentz got 50 of the team’s 68 assists (her second time ever getting 50 or more assists). Gutschow got 22 digs (a season high), followed by Lentz with 21 and Darrin Rice with 14. Dood led the team in block assists with six, followed by Megan Hobler with four and Davis with three.

Oakland sits in third place in the Horizon League standings. The Golden Grizzlies play Northern Kentucky at home at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.