|Week #8 | ORU at Omaha (Omaha, Neb.)|
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TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team puts a three-match win streak on the line Sunday afternoon heading to Omaha where a matchup against the Summit League unbeaten Mavericks awaits. The action is slated to begin at 1 p.m. inside Baxter Arena.
•ORU won its third match in a five-day stretch with a four-set victory over South Dakota State Tuesday and hits the road to challenge Summit League-leading Omaha Sunday afternoon.
•Increased consistency at the net by ORU in 2018 has led to a near league-leading 2.12 blocks per set. Junior Bri Greenlee's dominant blocking effort last weekend not only earned her Defensive Player of the Week honors, but moved her to fourth in the conference averaging 1.03 blocks per set, while sophomore Morgan Blomquist ranks fifth in total blocks (67). Greenlee is the only player in the NCAA to post 11 or more blocks in multiple, four-set matches this season.
•Libero Tori Roe currently ranks 41st in the nation with 363 digs, totaling 16 or more in 15 of 18 appearances this season, including a career-best 28 on four occasions. The senior ranks second in the conference averaging 4.91 digs per set helping ORU rank 34th in the NCAA in that category. She currently ranks fourth in ORU history with 1,436 digs after becoming the program's 10th player to eclipse 1,000 digs last season.
•Bria Bergman has averaged 9.57 assists per set, ranking fifth in the league, fter a 50-assist performance against the Jacks. The senior is the top attacking setter in the conference with 73 kills and paces the Golden Eagles with 10 double-doubles this year.
•Omaha returns home to continue its weekend following a win at South Dakota Friday night to remain unbeaten in conference play and atop the standings. The Mavericks' setter, Sydney Case, a two-time Offensive Player of the Week, leads the league with 11.39 assists per set. Claire Mountjoy paces the defense averaging 4.0 digs per set, while five attackers have posted at least 2.2 kills per set.
•Head Coach Sheera Sirola, ORU's all-time winningest coach, welcomed two newcomers to the lineup, both freshmen, as setter Sylvia Lawson (Joplin, Missouri) and outside hitter Inka Inkret (Ivanec, Croatia) joined the squad for 2018. Inkret has become a go-to option offensively leading the team in kills four times.
•The Golden Eagles have reached the conference tournament each of the last six seasons, including a spot in the 2017 championship match. ORU made its first postseason appearance since 2006 when it was invited to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship last year.
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