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Golden Eagles Host Four-Team ORU Invitational Sept. 6-7

Golden Eagles Host Four-Team ORU Invitational Sept. 6-7
Week #2 | #ORUVB at 2019 ORU Invitational (Tulsa, Okla.)
Schedule Coverage Series History

vs. Illinois State
 
Friday
 Sept. 6 | 7:30 p.m.

vs. Illinois State
   Live Video | Live Stats

All-Time vs. ISU:
  ORU leads 3-1

 

vs. Little Rock
 
Saturday
 Sept. 7 | 11 a.m.

vs. Little Rock
   Live Video | Live Stats

All-Time vs. UALR:
  ORU leads 20-9

 

vs. Air Force
 
Saturday
 Sept. 7 | 7:30 p.m.

vs. Air Force
   Live Video | Live Stats

All-Time vs. AFA:
  ORU trails 0-1

 

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 TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team will host Illinois State, Little Rock and Air Force Sept. 6-7 during the 2019 ORU Invitational at the Aerobics Center. Catch every minute of all six matches live on the ORU Sports Network at www.ORUAthletics.com.

 

OPENING SERVE

•ORU won its third-straight match Tuesday night in its home opener over Missouri State in five sets before a five-set loss to SMU in an added contest Thursday night heading into the 2019 ORU Invitational. 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 and posted a career-best 25 kills against the Mustangs. 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.

 

•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.

 

•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.

 

For the latest information on ORU Volleyball, follow the Golden Eagles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or go to www.ORUAthletics.com.  Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading two mobile apps, ORU Golden Eagles Live and ORU Front Row, available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

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