The Blitz: Nov. 16, 2016

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Volleyball (18-12 Overall, 10-6 Horizon League)

The Golden Grizzlies fell to Valparaiso and Milwaukee during the last week of conference play, losing to Valparaiso in four sets on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and losing to Milwaukee in straight sets on Friday, Nov. 11.

Sammy Condon led the way for the Golden Grizzlies against Valpo’s Crusaders with 12 kills, seven digs and four block assists. Darien Bandel also got in on the action, recording a team-high of 18 kills along with four block assists.

Regarding the team’s effort, head coach Rob Beam took all the blame in a GrizzVision interview. “That’s on me and nobody else,” he said, “ . . . We’ve got to do a good job as coaches getting them ready to play.”

Jessica Dood was one of the few bright spots in the Golden Grizzlies’ convincing loss to the Panthers, recording eight kills, two block assists and one dig. The two losses put Oakland out of contention for a top-two seed in the conference championship.

The Golden Grizzlies await their seed in the Horizon League Tournament, which will take place Nov. 18-20 at Cleveland State University.

Women’s Basketball (0-1)

Oakland began their season with a loss to the University of Michigan 101-63 on Nov. 11.

Taylor Gleason and Hannah Little were the only Golden Grizzlies to reach double digits in scoring. Gleason scored 15 points and notched two steals, while Little stuffed the stat sheet, adding 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The Golden Grizzlies look to get back on the right track against the Concordia Cardinals on Nov. 27 on the Blacktop at the O’rena.

Football (9-0)

Oakland football remained dominant in the Great Lakes Conference Title Game, trouncing the Eagles of Robert Morris 29-0.

Heading into the game, running back Malik Pettway established himself as the centerpiece of the Oakland offense. In just six games, Pettway has recorded 585 rushing yards to go along with a team-high of six touchdowns.

The Golden Grizzlies will put their undefeated record to the test against Eastern Connecticut in the National Club Football Association (NCFA) Playoffs on Nov. 19 in Erie, Pennsylvania.