The Blitz Feb. 14, 2018

Katie LaDuke , Staff Reporter

Women’s Golf: On Feb. 5 and 6, Oakland women’s golf traveled to Orlando, Florida. for the inaugural Motor City Cup. The Orange County National event featured rivals Detroit Mercy and Cleveland State.

On day one, Oakland sat at second place with 15 points and Maddelyn Zack won all four of her matches. Veronica Haque tired for fourth after winning three of her matches.

With 25 points, the Golden Grizzlies claimed first place on the second day. Veronica Haque, Elle Nichols, Kylee Sullivan and Maddelyn Zack won both of their matches for the final round of play.

Oakland will be in Phoenix, Arizona. on Feb. 24 and 25 for the Grand Canyon Tournament.

WBB @ NKU: On Thursday, Feb. 8, Oakland women’s basketball kicked off a two-game road trip against Northern Kentucky. The Golden Grizzlies lost 66-59.

Sha’Keya Graves led the team with 18 points while picking up three assists and two steals. Taylor Gleason had a game-high seven assists with 14 points. With nine rebounds and nine points, Leah Somerfield just missed another double-double.

Track and Field: Oakland track and field participated in both the GVSU Big Meet and Tiffin Grand Prix on Saturday, Feb. 10.

At the Big Meet with a time of 4:11.54, Andrew Bowman placed first in the mile. Napoleon Outlaw finished third (7.03) in the 60m dash. In the 60m hurdles, Andrew Storm finished fourth (8.34), and Brandon Davis placed third in both the long jump (22 ft., 6.25 in.) and the triple jump (43 ft., 2.5 in.) For the women, Madison Leigh placed second in the mile with a time of 5:00.04. Andrea Koenigsknecht finished third in the 800m (2:17.03) and Olivia Kane tied for fourth in the pole vault (10 ft., 8.75 in.)

At the Tiffin Grand Prix, Tyler Beeson and Kenton Rivard placed sixth and seventh consecutively in the weight throw with the same mark of 52 ft. In shot put, Kia Boykin placed fifth (40 ft., 4.75 in.) Mary Moore and Gabby Cyriax came in third (49 ft., 11 in.) and fourth (49 ft., 8.25 in.) respectively, in the weight throw.

On Friday, Feb. 16th, the Black and Gold will compete at the University of Michigan Silverston Invitation.

Tennis: On Saturday, Feb. 10, Oakland tennis traveled to the Shadow Valley Tennis Club in Maumee, Ohio to take on the University of Toledo. The Golden Grizzlies fell 6-1.

Dasha Artamonova took a three set win at the No. 1 singles position. Darya Maltseva also went three sets in singles but ultimately fell at the No. 3 spot.

In doubles, No. 1 pair Artamonova and Sofia Borcuti as well as No. 3 duo Alexandra Whall and Maltseva dropped close matchups 7-6.

Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 20, Oakland tennis will be in Florida for the next four matches.

WBB @ Wright State: Women’s basketball went down to Dayton, Ohio to visit Wright State on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Black and Gold dropped a close match-up 80-75.

Taylor Jones and Somerfield both led scorers with 16 points each. Jones added six rebounds and three assists while Somerfield recorded five rebounds and two assists. In a second half rally, Gleason put up 123 points followed by Graves’ 12 points. With eight points, Mercy Agwaniru was one point away from a season high.

The Golden Grizzlies take on IUPUI on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the O’rena.