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TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team plays its final two matches of the non-conference schedule Sept. 20-21 at the Diet Coke Classic hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Golden Eagles face a pair of power five opponents starting with Clemson Friday at 5 p.m. before a battle with the No. 7 ranked Golden Gophers at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
•ORU continues one of its most difficult stretches facing a pair of power five opponents away from home during the 2019 Diet Coke Classic. The match against host Minnesota is the 22nd time in program history facing a team ranked inside the nation's top 10. The Golden Eagles entered the 2019 campaign picked fourth in The Summit League standings returning 81 percent of total kills from eight letter winners.
•CeCe Madison leads the ORU offense with 185 kills averaging 4.20 kills per set and has recorded a double-double in seven of her last eight outings, recording a career-high 25 kills against SMU and UCA. She was named to the all-tournament team in each of the first two weekends.
•Libero Sarah Thiessen has helped ORU to the most digs in the NCAA this season. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native leads the team with 218 digs averaging 4.95 per set, including a career-best 32 twice during the year.
•Senior Bri Greenlee posted a career-best 109 total blocks in 2018 and leads the Golden Eagles with 30 block assists this year. The senior jumped to eighth in ORU history passing former teammate Shelby Cox.
•A pair of freshmen continue to make an impact in the Golden Eagles lineup as setter Sylvia Lawson is averaging 10.41 assists per set, while Laura Shoopman has topped the team in kills three times, including a season-high 21 versus Louisiana Tech in her ORU debut.
•The Golden Eagles meet Clemson for just the second time in program history having dropped the previous encounter during the 2001 campaign. ORU and Minnesota are set to battle for the fourth time, but first since 1983, as the Golden Gophers lead the all-time series 3-0.
•Clemson enters the weekend having lost to South Carolina and No. 9 Wisconsin during its home tournament, but are 5-4 this season. Kaylin Korte paces the Tigers averaging 3.29 kills per set, while four different players have at least two digs per set.
•Minnesota has faced a top-10 opponent in each of its last four outings, winning three of the four, including a four-set win over top-ranked Stanford Saturday. Stephanie Samedy, a two-time First Team All-American and reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, leads the Gophers with 4.95 kills per set.
•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 in 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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