OU volleyball falls to IPFW

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By Tim Rath

Sports Editor

Often in volleyball, the team that falls in an “extra innings” set loses all momentum and lays down for the opposition.

That didn’t happen to the Oakland University volleyball team, who stayed competitive in a 3-0 loss to Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne Friday after falling in a 35-33 opening set that featured nine set points.

“I was really proud of the way our team played,” head coach Rob Beam said. “I thought we competed really hard in the second set after losing such a close one. We have things we have to get better at, but I thought it was two very good volleyball teams playing at a very high level.”

The Grizzlies were led by an 11-kill performance from junior Adrienne Leone, 19 digs from sophomore Brittany Dunn and an eight-block performance from senior Leah Dupuie.

“[Blocking and defense] has been consistently good for us throughout the year and I thought they were really good tonight,” Beam said. “Fort Wayne is a very good attacking team … to play as we played is a good performance for our team.”

“They’re a good team,” agreed Leone. “We played them point-for-point tonight … I’m proud of what we did.”

The loss drops the volleyball team’s record to 5-17, 2-8 Summit League.

The Grizzlies hit the court next Oct. 31 against Centenary. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.