Sporting blitz, week of Nov. 12

By Jake Alsko

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Men’s Soccer

Oakland won the Horizon League regular season championship with a 2-2 tie at Valparaiso Nov. 7. This is the Golden Grizzlies’ first-ever Horizon League title and first regular-season title since 2012. Cody Archibald and Shawn Claud Lawson scored first-half goals for Oakland.

The Golden Grizzlies finish Horizon League play 5-0-3, going undefeated in conference play for the first time since 2009.

No. 1 seed Oakland will host the Horizon League Championship Nov. 13 and 15 at the Oakland Soccer Field. The Golden Grizzlies will play its semifinal match on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. against the lowest remaining quarterfinal seed. 

Volleyball

Amanda Baker tallied 10 blocks — good for ninth in Oakland history — as Oakland defeated UIC 14-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-21 on the road Nov. 7. Cassie Pelloni led the Golden Grizzlies with 15 kills and Jessica Dood added 11 and Melissa Deatsch posted 10. Taylor Humm had a match-best 16 digs while Ciara Schultz tallied had 44 of Oakland’s 48 assists. 

The nexy day, Taylor Humm had 34 digs, a Horizon League high-mark this season, as the Golden Grizzlies (18-9, 10-2) defeated Valparaiso 25-23, 15-25, 34-32, 25-16 Nov. 8. Humm’s 34 digs is tied for 13th-best in the NCAA this season in a four-set match. Oakland has now won six matches in a row hold a one-match lead in the conference standings. The Golden Grizzlies play next at home against Milwaukee Friday at 7 p.m …

Baker was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 Second Team Nov. 6. Baker, a health sciences major, holds a 3.96 GPA and has been a four-time Dean’s List honoree. 

Baker ranks eighth in the Horizon League and first for Oakland in blocks this season and is seventh all-time in Oakland history in career blocks with 258. Baker was also named to both the Western Michigan Bronco Classic All-Tournament team and Army Black Knights Invitational All-Tournament team.