Sporting blitz, week of Oct. 15

By Jake Alsko

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Greg Kampe and Pete Hovland nominated for 2015 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

Kampe enters his 31st season at Oakland as men’s basketball team’s head coach, while Hovland begins his 36th as head coach of both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. Kampe is the third-longest tenured basketball coach at one school in Division I, behind Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (38 seasons) and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (34 seasons). Hovland has never lost a conference championship as a head swim coach. Oakland has won 36 consecutive men’s swimming championships, including 30 under Hovland. The 2015 Class, the Hall’s 59th, will be inducted in a formal radio-broadcast ceremony next February, with the exact date and venue to be announced, along with the inductees’ names, Oct. 28.

Men’s Basketball

Kampe announced that redshirt freshman Artis Cleveland has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policies. Cleveland, a center, sat out last season after transferring from Mississippi Valley State.

Football Club

Oakland was granted a forfeit victory after U-M Flint’s club president canceled the remainder of the team’s 2014 season. Oakland now sits at 4-0, with its next game at Miami (OH) Oct. 18.

Men’s Soccer

The Golden Grizzlies improved to 3-0-1 in Horizon League play Oct. 11 following a 1-0 road victory over Cleveland State. Freshman goalkeeper Wes Mink posted his third-straight shutout in a stout defensive effort that saw Cleveland State notch only one shot on goal. The only goal of the night came in the 53rd minute on a CSU own goal as Oakland’s Matt Dudley shot a corner kick headed by teammate Cody Archibald off of a Viking defender into the net. The Oakland defense has not allowed a goal in over 309 minutes of play since Oct. 1.

Swimming & Diving

Sophomore Aleksander Danielewski set a Klotsche Natatorium record in the 200 backstroke Oct. 10 as both Golden Grizzly teams defeated Milwaukee in Oakland’s season-opening match. The Oakland men’s team defeated the Panthers 173-127, with the women’s team winning 157-141 in a back-and-forth victory over Milwaukee.

The following day, Oakland continued their strong start by defeating the Green Bay Phoenix in dual victories. The Golden Grizzlies’ women defeated the Phoenix 180-116, winning 13 out of 16 events. The Golden Grizzlies’ men won 169-127 over Green Bay, with one relay and 10 individual wins. Patricia Aschan, Nikki Flynn, Tricia Grant, Takara Martin, Cassie Misiewicz and Jacob Pearson were all two-time individual winners for Oakland on the day.

Oakland’s next meet is Saturday, Oct. 25 for a double dual meet at Northwestern, which will include Horizon League challenger UIC.

Volleyball

The Golden Grizzlies came back from a one-set deficit to defeat Valparaiso Oct. 10, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-18. Cassie Pelloni had 16 kills with Jessica Dood and Sammy Condon adding 15 and 11 kills. Taylor Humm tallied 27 digs, while Melissa Deatsch (19), Ciara Schultz (11) and Allia Knight (10) also finished with double-digit digs.  

The next day, Oakland dropped its first Horizon League match in a sweep to UIC 25-21, 25-22, 25-17; the Golden Grizzlies now sit with a 12-8 (4-1) record. Pelloni recorded 13 kills and Deatsch added 12 kills and nine digs. Ciara Schultz had 33 assists. Oakland hit just .183 to UIC’s .340. The Golden Grizzlies play next Friday Oct. 17 on the road against Green bay at 7 p.m. CT.