|Week #2 | ORU vs. Missouri State (Tulsa, Okla.)|
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TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team battles Missouri State for its home opener Sept. 3 at the Aerobics Center starting a stretch of five-straight matches at home. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. with live coverage on the ORU Sports Network.
•ORU picked up back-to-back wins Saturday closing the SHSU Invitational taking down Prairie View A&M and the host Bearkats in dramatic fashion to finish second at the event. The Golden Eagles entered the 2019 campaign picked fourth in The Summit League standings returning 81 percent of their total kills from eight letter winners.
•Senior CeCe Madison was relentless for ORU opening weekend averaging 4.00 kills and 3.75 digs per set earning All-Tournament Team honors. Libero Sarah Thiessen joined her earning the honor after recording 57 digs for a 4.75 per set average.
•A pair of freshmen made an immediate impact in the Golden Eagles starting lineup as setter Sylvia Lawson averaged nearly 12 assists per set posting two double-doubles, while Laura Shoopman registered 40 kills, including a team-best 21 in her ORU debut Friday.
•Senior Bri Greenlee posted a career-best 109 total blocks in 2018 and already has eight to lead the Golden Eagles. The senior needs eight block assists to move into the top 10 in ORU history.
•Missouri State opened the 2019 season going 2-1 in its home tournament getting wins over Jacksonville and Southeast Missouri. Chloe Rear recorded a rare triple-double for the Bears, while Amelia Flynn paces the offense with 58 kills in 13 sets. Four players have at least 25 digs for the MSU defense in three matches to start the season.
•Head Coach Sheera Sirola, ORU's all-time winningest coach, added five newcomers to the roster for 2019, including four freshmen. Kalli Caddell is the lone junior college transfer, while Mackenzie Edwards, Sakira LaCour, Laura Shoopman and Jeslyn Spencer all are set for their first collegiate season.
•ORU has three players to replace in the lineup with the graduation of libero Tori Roe, setter Bria Bergman and outside hitter Lara Picht. Roe was the fourth player in ORU history to reach the 1,500-dig milestone, while Bergman totaled 9.65 assists per set and Picht added 2.30 kills per set.
•The Golden Eagles have reached the conference tournament six of the last seven seasons and will try to utilize 13 home matches to bounce back from only their ninth losing season in program history. It is one of the most challenge schedules to date as more than a third of ORU's slate is against a team that reached the postseason in 2018.
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