Oral Roberts' Milos a star in any league
By: Vicki L. Friedman
Check the NCAA leaders and you'll find the name Laura Milos multiple times.
The Oral Roberts outside hitter, a junior who hails from Croatia, leads the nation in aces per set (0.80) and ranks second in attacks per set and fourth in points. She plays all six rotations, and though Milos stands only 5-foot-10, coach Sheera Sirola promises her star would thrive in any conference.
"She can do anything," Sirola said. "She'll find something to score off. Even her tipping is phenomenal. She makes it so it will go right down your neck, and there's no way you can pick it up."
Credit Bowling Green coach Danijela Tomic for the assist in Oral Roberts landing a player of Milos' caliber.
Tomic didn't need a setter at Bowling Green three years ago, so she turned Sirola on to Croatian Lucija Bojanjac. Sirola, a fellow Croat, immediately liked what she saw of Bojanjac on a recruiting trip back to her home country. As always, she dropped in on a club team in her hometown, Porec, and spotted Milos.
Much to Sirola's delight, Milos told her she and Bojanjac had been pals since childhood and had played together on the junior national team and would relish being college teammates at Oral Roberts.
"I knew Laura was a special player," Sirola said. "But in Europe, if you're not 6-2 or above, people don't look at you."
Milos, whose nickname is Lucky, weathered a trying freshman year at Oral Roberts that included a root canal infection, homesickness, food poisoning and a lack of English skills, but she stuck it out to be named the Summit League freshman of the year.
Five times Milos was the league's player of the week last season, though not Summit League player of the year, which continues to eat at Sirola, who said, "Maybe the coaches in the conference were not looking at the right thing."
Milos' achievements continue this year. She was named Summit League athlete of the month on Oct. 7 after leading the nation in kills per set, aces per sets and points per set in addition to have a triple-double over Central Arkansas. Her season also includes a 35-kill, 25-dig outing against Stephen F. Austin.
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