Golden Grizzlies Drop Four Set Match to Colorado State
By Seth J. Walker
Rochester, Michigan- The Oakland Golden Grizzlies (3-5) suffered a four-set loss (25-14, 15-25, 16-25, 17-25) to the Colorado State Rams (6-2) Friday night after losing to Michigan in Ann Arbor earlier in the day.
The Golden Grizzlies were very strong in the first set, however, they found the Rams, an NCAA Tournament team, last year, much tougher to deal with afterwards. Colorado State even beat Michigan in the NCAA Tournament first round last year. Both of those teams are two of only several high-caliber non-conference opponents testing the Golden Grizzlies this season.
“The thing that makes these matches for learning is that teams that are really good, they expose you,” Golden Grizzlies head coach, Rob Beam said. “The teams that we’re playing all in a row through this part of the schedule are able to do that. Also, we’re seeing things that we’re good at and we have some really good upside.”
Senior outside hitter, Aleksandra Malek led the Golden Grizzlies with 10 kills and added 10 digs. Sophomore libero, Lindsay Wightman led the team defensively with 21 digs.
“Her defense was really good, tonight,” Beam said. “I think when she’s good, everybody feeds off agility and quickness and making plays. I thought our defense was pretty good today against Colorado State. That’s a big, physical team. They’re capable of putting up points. I thought we played pretty well, defensively, and I think Lindsay’s a big reason for that.”
The Golden Grizzlies as of press time will have also hosted LSU Saturday afternoon. Scores and stats for that match will be provided in the next Volleyball Scoreboard.