The Blitz 10/23

Michael Pearce, Sports Editor

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With last week being homecoming, there were no home events for the weekend of Oct. 18-20. All Golden Grizzlies teams were away for the weekend, with mixed results against Horizon League opponents.

Volleyball

The volleyball team continued their winning ways during the weekend, extending their winning streak to five games. They kicked off a four-game road trip with two wins over in-conference teams, winning 3-2 over Cleveland State and 3-0 over Youngstown State.

Against Cleveland State, the match was tight the whole way. Oakland University took the first two sets, but were unable to close the match out in the third or fourth sets, and Cleveland State was able to force a fifth. The final set went down to the wire, but the Golden Grizzlies came out on top, 16-14 in the fifth set.

This win put the Golden Grizzlies at 4-3 in the conference, and ended a three-game losing streak to Cleveland State. Jamie Walling led the team in kills again with 22, as she recorded her fifth match of the year with more than 20 kills.

Two days later, the team traveled to Youngstown to play against the Penguins. The Penguins, like the Vikings, were also a team at the bottom of the standings in the Horizon League, sitting at 2-5 in conference play. The Golden Grizzlies swept the Penguins in straight sets, 3-0, on the strength of Walling’s 14 kills and Taylor Dellinger’s 13 kills.

After a close first set which ended 27-25, the Golden Grizzlies took control of the match and won the next two sets 25-18 and 25-19. Freshman AnnaBelle Tomei led the team in assists as well, with a match-high 22.

Walling’s efforts resulted in her being named the Horizon League’s offensive player of the week.

The next match for the Oakland volleyball team is against the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames on Friday, Oct. 25.

Women’s Soccer

The women’s soccer team traveled to Green Bay to face off against the Phoenix on Saturday, Oct. 19. Jaimie Leas recorded another clean sheet in a 2-0 victory.

Oakland got off to an early lead in the eighth minute, when Alexa Sabbagh scored her sixth goal of the season on an assist from Carmela Barro. For the sophomore from Spain, this was her second assist of the season.

The first half ended 1-0, and quickly into the second half Oakland would record their second and final goal. Sami Lopez provided the assist for Taylor Thalheimer, who scored her third goal on the season two minutes into the second half. After that, no more goals were scored, and the Golden Grizzlies improved to 4-1-1 on the season in league play.

Men’s Soccer

Men’s soccer received their first Horizon League loss this season in a match against UIC, which went to overtime.

The Golden Grizzlies had a 2-0 lead at halftime, but the home team was able to rally back and tie the game, eventually winning it on a golden goal in overtime, 3-2.

Noah Jensen scored on the first goal and assisted on the second, adding three points to his season total. Charlie Braithwaite also scored, recording his fifth goal on the season, which leads the team.

The Flames are 4-1 on the season now, and 10-4 overall. Despite the loss, Oakland remains at the top of the standings in the Horizon League. Their next match will be against Marshall University on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. on ALS Awareness Night.