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ORU Tops Miami; Splits Saturday Matches

ORU Tops Miami; Splits Saturday Matches

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – For the second time in as many days, the Oral Roberts volleyball team topped a team that was receiving national attention as the Golden Eagles took down Miami in a Saturday split at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational.

In the first game of the day, the Golden Eagles fell 3-1 to the hosts from Missouri State (25-18, 18-25, 21-25, 17-25) but rebounded to top the Hurricanes 3-1(21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19) in the evening match.

Laura Milos led ORU in kills in both matches, pounding 16 kills in the first match while getting 24 balls to the ground in the match against Miami. Shelby Cox added 11 kills against Missouri State, while Nika Mostahinic was unstoppable against Miami with 16 kills. Lucija Bojanjac combined for 94 assists in the two games, including 52 helpers against Miami.

Defensively for the Golden Eagles, Tori Roe dug out 21 balls against Miami, while Jovana Poljasevic had her hand in on eight of ORU's 15 blocks for the day.

ORU, Marquette and Missouri State all posted 2-1 records for the weekend.

 All-Tournament Team
Taylor Louis, Marquette (MVP)
Lauren Houg, Marquette
Sara Blasier, Marquette
Lily Johnson, Missouri State
Ashley Ophoven, Missouri State
Lucija Bojanjac, Oral Roberts
Alexis Mourning, Miami

Turning Point
After a heartbreaker against Missouri State, ORU dropped the first set against Miami but responded to win three straight sets against the Hurricanes to finish the tournament with a 2-1 record.   

Individual Leaders
Oral Roberts: Milos was the offensive leader with an average of 20 kills per match on Saturday, while Bojanjac averaged nearly 50 assists per match.
Missouri State: Lily Johnson had 20 kills and 11 digs, while Emily Butters notched 12 digs.
Miami:
Olga Strantzali had 14 kills and 14 digs to lead Miami in both categories. Five different Hurricanes had at least 10 digs in the match.

Inside the Box Score (Missouri State)
- Both winners on the first day of the tournament, ORU jumped out to an early lead, winning the first set 25-18.
- After dropping sets two and three, ORU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in set four behind the serve of Bojanjac, forcing an early timeout by the Bears. The timeout proved beneficial as Missouri State came back and won it 25-17 to clinch the match.
- ORU hit a blistering .452 in the first set with 18 kills and just four errors, but cooled off to hit less than .250 in the final three sets.
- Laura Milos led ORU with 16 kills, but hit just .222 for the match. Shelby Cox took the load off her teammate with 11 kills to just two errors for a .529 attack percentage. The 11 kills were one off her career high.
- MSU hit .319 for the match, including a .414 clip in set four.

Inside the Box Score (Miami)
- ORU hit .292 against Miami, the third highest average of the season, having hit above .300 in wins against Northwestern State and Tennessee State.
- The 8.0 blocks put up against the Hurricanes were the most of the season for ORU and the most since sending back 9.0 attacks against North Dakota State in the season finale last year.
- ORU had six service aces, with two each from Bojanjac, Poljasevic and Rachel Provost.
- Roe's 21 digs were the most by a Golden Eagle this season and the most since Maggie DiPronio had 22 against Tulsa Sept. 19, 2014. It was just the third time in the last two season in which a Golden Eagle has had at least 20 digs in a match.

Up Next
Portland State, UNLV and Southeastern Louisiana await the Golden Eagles at the Rebel Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada September 11-12.  

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