Score: SMU 3 – Oral Roberts 2
Records: SMU (3-1, 0-0 AAC) – ORU (3-2, 0-0 SL)
Location: Aerobics Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team built a big lead in the fifth set, but could not hold off a late rally by SMU in a 3-2 loss (24-26, 26-24, 14-25, 25-12, 14-16) Thursday night at the Aerobics Center.
A service ace from Sylvia Lawson gave the Golden Eagles a 9-2 edge over the Mustangs in the final frame. SMU came back to even the set, 13-13, and went on to claim the victory on its second match point.
CeCe Madison recorded a career-high 25 kills as she was the go-to option for the ORU offense on the night.
Inside the Box Score
- Madison reached 20 or more kills for the second time this season and third time in her ORU career. She posted seven kills in the fourth set helping the Golden Eagles force a decisive fifth frame by a 13-point margin.
- Taylan Nero and Inka Inkret added seven kills, while Laura Shoopman and Sakira LaCour tallied six.
- Sarah Thiessen turned in eight of ORU's 21 digs in the fourth set and had 12 over the final three sets.
- Nero led the Golden Eagles with four block assists in the opening stanza and totaled six for the match.
- ORU held the Mustangs to a negative hitting percentage in the dominating fourth set at -.051.
The Golden Eagles remain at home over the weekend hosting the ORU Invitational Sept. 6-7 at the Aerobics Center. The action starts at 10 a.m. with Illinois State and Air Force before ORU takes on Illinois State Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Catch every match of the tournament live on the ORU Sports Network.
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