|Week #2 | ORU vs. SMU (Tulsa, Okla.)|
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TULSA, Okla. – Due to Hurricane Dorian forcing tournament cancelations across the southeast, the Oral Roberts volleyball team added a match against SMU for Thursday night at 7 p.m. with live video and stats on the ORU Sports Network. The Mustangs were originally scheduled to play in South Carolina over the weekend.
•ORU rallied to win the final two sets in its home opener Tuesday night over Missouri State claiming a five-set victory. The Golden Eagles, winners of three straight, 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. The pair combined for 37 digs Tuesday.
•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. Shoopman led the Golden Eagles with 10 kills in the win over the Bears Tuesday
•Senior Bri Greenlee posted a career-best 109 total blocks in 2018 and already has 12 to lead the Golden Eagles. The senior needs just four block assists to move into the top 10 in ORU history.
•SMU won two of three matches during opening weekend at its home tournament picking up sweeps of Bradley and UTSA before a five-set loss to Stephen F. Austin. Hannah Jacobs totaled 28 kills in the first two matches leading the Mustangs hitting an incredible .556 against the Braves.
•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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