Score: Match One: La Tech 3, Oral Roberts 1 | Match Two: Oral Roberts 3, Northwestern State 2
Records: ORU (7-6) - LTU (8-5) - NWS (5-10)
Location: Reynolds Center - Tulsa, Okla.
TULSA, Okla. -- Laura Milos' 27 kills helped the Golden Eagles end a three-match losing streak after defeating Northwestern State, 3-2 to close out the Tulsa Invitational Saturday night at the Reynolds Center. The Golden Eagles dropped its morning match to La Tech, 3-1.
After dropping the first set to the Demons (5-10) ORU reeled off two straight 25-17 wins to take a 2-1 lead. NSU came out in the fourth set on fire, going up 10-0 before ORU was able to get on the scoreboard. The Golden Eagles made their adjustments though, closing the NSU lead to just two points before eventually tying the set at 23 apiece. Northwestern State rallied for the eventual 26-24 win.
It was a back-and-forth fifth set up until the Golden Eagles reeled off three-straight points to push their lead to 10-7. They would never look back as Milos and Shelby Cox closed the match with five kills to win it.
The Golden Eagles got off to a quick start at 9 a.m. this morning, taking the opening set from La Tech, 25-21, but the Bulldogs would get their offense rolling soon after, taking the next three sets and the match to hand ORU it's third loss in-a-row.
After a fast start by the Golden Eagles, La Tech was able to settle down defensively and while their offense was able to capitalize on long rallies to outhit ORU in the final three sets of the match. Juniors Milos and Cox were the only Golden Eagles to surpass the 10+ kill mark as MIlos recorded her seventh 20+ kill day after racking up 21 in the opener and 27 in the nightcap while Cox finished with 12 in the morning and 12 in the late game.
Defensively, ORU had three players with double-digit digs in the opener. Tori Roe led all players with 17 while Lucija Bojanjac and Katarina Mikulic each finished with 10. Bojanjac also finished with 36 assists to record her second double-double of the year.
Inside the Box Score
- Milos was named to the All-Tournament Team; It marks the fourth All-Tournament Team Milos has been named to this year.
- Milos finished the two-day tournament with 69 kills and a 5.31 kill per set average. Shelby Cox added 34 kills of her own while Karyn Chrisman (18), Brianne Greenlee (12) and Taylan Nero (10) each surpassed the double-digits in kills.
- Lucija Bojanjac finished with 118 assists and Tori Roe led the team with 61 digs on the defensive side of the ball.
- The five-set win over NSU was the first win of its kind for the Golden Eagles this year. The team dropped a five setter in Lubbock to Stephen F. Austin last weekend.
The Golden Eagles will make their debut at the Cooper Aerobics Center on Tuesday when they play host to Arkansas at 7 p.m. The match will be aired on Cox Sports Network (Channel 269) in the Tulsa area. Admission is free.
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