Oakland hosts weekend volleyball tournament

Oakland University’s women’s volleyball team went 2-1, taking second place in the inaugural Golden Grizzly Invitational that they hosted on Saturday and Sunday.

They came into the tournament undefeated after sweeping at the West Virginia University Classic Aug. 28 and 29.

On their only Saturday match, OU lost all three sets to Wright State, who went undefeated and won the tournament. 

Senior Adrienne Leone had 14 kills while sophomore Ashley Nevelle had 28 assists, but it wasn’t enough as OU lost 25-17, 25-22 and 25-19.

On Sunday, OU beat their first opponent 3-2. OU won the first two sets against North Texas 25-21 and 25-19. North Texas rallied back to win sets three and four, forcing a fifth set. In the final set, OU trailed 10-8 before going on a five-point run and holding on to win 15-12.

Junior Brittany Dunn, who was named the first Summit League Defensive Player of the Week for the season, turned in 20 digs. Leone and freshmen Meghan Bray and Alli Kirk each had 11 digs. Nevelle notched 39 assists during the match.

In their final match Sunday, OU swept Canisius. OU hit .314 for the match, holding Canisius to .048, allowing them to win with scores of 25-15, 25-22 and 25-13. Leone had 13 kills while Bray produced 10.

Nevelle, who recorded 95 assists over the weekend, and Bray were named to the all-tournament team.

With their weekend success, OU is already just three victories shy of matching their previous high win total since moving to Division I competition.

OU (5-1) begins Summit League play this week when they travel to play the University of Missouri-Kansas City (5-4) Thursday, Sept. 10 and Southern Utah (2-6) Saturday, Sept. 12. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.