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December 4, 2013

Oakland County college volleyball squads wrap up season

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Oakland University’s Melissa Deatsch is pictured during a regular-season match against the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Golden Grizzlies’ season ended following a defeat in a quarterfinal match in the Horizon League Tournament.

The volleyball season has ended for local college teams, as Oakland University and Oakland Community College were both defeated in postseason play.

After making it all the way to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II semifinal match, OCC lost to Cowley County (Kan.) Community College 3-1 Nov. 22 at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. Cowley went on to win the NJCAA D-II national championship.

OCC won a first-round and quarterfinals match to advance to the semifinals.

OCC (36-4) went on to lose a third- and fourth-place match 3-1 Nov. 23 against Johnson County Community College.

OCC’s Miranda Fuerst was selected to the All-Tournament team. Rebekah Brandel was rewarded for her play earlier in the month, as she was selected as D-II Player of the Week for Nov. 4-10.

OCC came away from its season with both a Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) tournament and a D-II NJCAA District “E” championship.

Oakland University’s season came to a close via a 3-1 loss to Cleveland State in a quarterfinal match of the Horizon League Tournament Nov. 22 in Milwaukee.

The Golden Grizzlies went 9-5 in their inaugural season in the Horizon League and went 15-14 overall. Oakland picked up regular-season victories against programs such as Rutgers and Syracuse.

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