Oakland volleyball captures Horizon League championship, sets sights on NCAA

By Jackson Gilbert

The Oakland University women’s volleyball team captured the Horizon League championship on Saturday at the O’rena, three sets to one against the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Panthers.

Jessica Dood recorded 14 kills in the match for the Oakland, with both Sammy Condon and Cassie Pelloni adding 11 more. Melissa Deatsch had eight kills, 11 digs and led the team with three aces. Ciara Schultz recorded 42 assists.

After Oakland dropped the first set 25-22, it was all the Grizzlies the rest of the way. The final three sets went 25-20, 25-19, and 26-24. Freshman standout Sammy Condon was named the tournament MVP, while Ciara Schultz and Jessica Dood were named to the All-Tournament team.

Head coach Rob Beam talked after the game about the team. “I’m really proud of this particular team for the way that they’ve conducted themselves all year and the way that they’ve grown,” Beam said. “The goal all year has been to be 1-0 on game day. That was something that we really emphasized.”

On Sunday, the NCAA announced the tournament bracket for the volleyball championships. Oakland will travel to Lexington, Kentucky, to play the Wildcats on Friday, December 5th at 7p.m. This matchup comes only two weeks after the Oakland men’s soccer team defeated Kentucky in the first round of their NCAA tournament.