TULSA, Okla. – An early season match up between the only undefeated teams Friday start the weekend for the Oral Roberts volleyball team as they host Omaha at the Aerobics Center.
The Golden Eagles and Mavericks enter Friday's meeting undefeated in Summit League action as ORU stands at 4-0 and Omaha holds a 3-0 mark with first serve starting at 6 p.m. ORU will travel to South Dakota to close out the weekend Sunday with a noon start time.
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► The Golden Eagles host Omaha in a battle of Summit League unbeaten teams Friday before traveling to South Dakota Sunday. ORU is 4-0 while Omaha is 3-0 in league play as the Golden Eagles also look to extend its five-match winning streak.
► The Golden Eagles are looking for their first 5-0 start in conference since 2013 when ORU started 5-0 in its first season in the Southland Conference. The last time ORU started 4-0 in The Summit League was 2006 when the Golden Eagles started 10-0 and ended 11-1 claiming the Summit League regular season and postseason championships.
► Sophomore Laura Milos is making her case for Summit League Player of the Year honors leading the league in six different categories including attacks per set (12.61), kills per set (5.03) and points per set (5.30). Milos also ranks in the top six nationally in all three categories.
► Setter, Lucija Bojanjac has continued an impressive start to the season as well averaging 11.05 assists per set. During the current five-match win streak, Bojanjac is averaging 12.10 assists per set including a Summit League season-high 61 against South Dakota State.
► In addition to Milos' national rankings, the sophomore currently has a streak of five straight matches with at least 20 kills that coincides with the five-match win streak. Milos posted her second best effort of the season, 29 kills, to start the streak against Houston Baptist on Sept. 19.
► Jovana Poljasevic has been one of the best defensive players for ORU and in The Summit League through the five-match stretch. The senior middle blocker is averaging 1.62 blocks per set while also setting a career-best mark of nine blocks against IPFW last Sunday.
► ORU prepared for Summit League play by playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation. The Golden Eagles have faced four teams with records inside the top 50.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
► Omaha enters on a three-match winning streak that put the Mavericks at 3-0 in The Summit League and a half game behind ORU. The Mavericks are also in their first full year of Division I eligibility for the postseason tournament after its NCAA transition from Division II.
► The Mavericks have been solid defensively, leading The Summit League in digs per set and rankings second in opponents hitting percentage. Megan Schmale also ranks second in the conference with 1.23 blocks per set and carries a .342 hitting percentage on the offensive side of the net.
► South Dakota heads into the weekend on the opposite side of the standings from ORU and Omaha with an 0-4 mark in Summit League action. USD has also lost its last four matches but has also played a tough schedule like the Golden Eagles ranking 108th toughest in the nation.
► Brittany Jessen paces the USD offense as she ranks second only behind ORU's Lucija Bojanjac with 10.27 assists per set. Jessen also ranks third in The Summit League with 0.31 services aces per set.
UP NEXT FOR ORU
ORU continues a split home and road weekend starting at Denver Friday, October 16 followed by a Sunday afternoon match against Western Illinois. First serve Friday is scheduled for 8 p.m. (CST) as Sunday's match is set to get underway at 2 p.m. at the Aerobics Center.
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