Volleyball team opens Summit League play with two victories

After starting off conference play with a pair of wins, the Oakland University women’s volleyball team is one win away from tying their single-season high since becoming a Division I program a decade ago.

For their Summit League opener, OU traveled to Kansas City, Mo., Thursday where they beat the University of Missouri-Kansas City 3-1. They lost the first frame 25-18, but they stormed back to win the next three sets to take the match.

Senior Adrienne Leone led OU with 12 kills while sophomore Ashleigh Slemmer had 10. Sophomore Ashley Nevelle had 40 assists.

Defensively, junior Brittany Dunn led OU with 16 digs. Slemmer and Nevelle had 13 and 12 digs, respectively, giving them both double-doubles for the night.

The Grizzlies then traveled Saturday to Cedar City, Utah, where they beat Southern Utah 3-2.

The Grizzlies were quickly behind after losing the first two matches, 25-21 and 25-16. But they came back to narrowly win the third set, 25-23, and then tied the match after winning the fourth set, 25-21. OU sealed the comeback with a 15-7 win in sudden death.

Slemmer turned in another double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs. Leone and Nevelle kept up their scoring pace with 15 kills and 41 assists, respectively. Dunn and freshmen Alli Kirk led the defense with 13 digs apeice.

OU (7-1, 2-0 Summit League) will resume league play this weekend when they host South Dakota State (3-5) Friday and North Dakota State (6-2) Saturday at the O’Rena. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.