Women's Volleyball

Oakland Falls to Charleston, Rebounds to Beat Chicago State

Junior Allison Bell had 28 kills and hit .264 to be selected to the All-NIU Invitational team.

Junior Allison Bell had 28 kills and hit .264 to be selected to the All-NIU Invitational team.

Aug. 28, 2010

Charleston | Chicago State

DEKALB, Ill. – Sophomore Meghan Bray had 14 kills, freshman Audrey Wilson notched 12 kills and hit .393 while senior Brittany Dunn recorded 31 digs as the Oakland University volleyball team (1-3) split on the final day of the NIU Invitational, Saturday.

For the tournament, junior Allison Bell had 28 kills and hit .264 and was selected to the all-tournament team.

“I was pleased that we were able to rebound to win the match tonight,” said head coach Rob Beam. “Our performance in the first match was very disappointing. Charleston is an established mid-major powerhouse and we had expected to compete better against them. We learned a lot about our weaknesses this weekend and that is a good thing. We are all eager to get back to work on Monday to make the corrections that are necessary to reach our goals this season.”

Oakland started the day falling 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 26-19) to Charleston (3-0). In the third set, the Cougars jumped out to an 18-10 lead. The Golden Grizzlies went on an 8-4 run to close the margin to four, 22-18. Charleston would hold on to win the set and with it the match.

Bray and sophomore Brittany Holbrook led the way with six kills each while Holbrook also had four block assists. Sophomore Alli Kirk led the defensive effort with nine digs.

For Charleston, Whitney Russell had nine kills, Ginny Phillips served up four aces and Cole Dawley had 33 assists. Paige Johnson recorded 12 digs.

In the night cap, Oakland was in control from start to finish beating Chicago State (0-4) 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-14). Bray led the attack with eight kills while Wilson had seven kills and hit .500. Junior Jenna Lange was a defensive presence at the net coming away with seven total blocks. She contributed offensively as well with seven kills.

Junior Ashley Nevelle quarterbacked the attack with 29 assists. Dunn had two service aces and picked up 20 digs, her third double-digit effort of the season.

Oakland is back in action, Friday, Sept. 3-4, as they travel to Muncie, Ind. to compete in the Active Ankle Challenge. The Golden Grizzlies start things off with Robert Morris, on Friday, Sept. 3. The game is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m.

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