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TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team closes the first half of the conference slate returning home for a pair of Summit League matches over the weekend playing host to North Dakota (Oct. 18) and North Dakota State (Oct. 20) inside the Aerobics Center.
•ORU returns home for its next three contests after dropping both ends of a trip to the eastern edge of the conference last weekend. The Golden Eagles entered the 2019 campaign picked fourth in The Summit League preseason poll returning 81 percent of total kills from eight letter winners.
•CeCe Madison and Sarah Thiessen swept The Summit League weekly awards Oct. 8 as the offensive and defensive player of the week winners, respectively, after leading the Golden Eagles to a perfect 2-0 week.
•Madison leads the ORU offense with a league-best 317 kills, ranking 18th in the nation, while averaging 3.96 kills per set. The senior has recorded a double-double 15 times and posted 20 or more kills seven times this season.
•Thiessen has helped ORU to the 19th-most digs in the NCAA as the Tulsa, Oklahoma, native is third in the league totaling 329 digs, averaging 4.11 per set, including a career-best 32 twice this year.
•Senior Bri Greenlee posted a career-best 109 total blocks in 2018 and leads the Golden Eagles with 56 total blocks this year. She recently jumped to seventh in ORU history passing Joanita Souza (2005-08).
•A pair of freshmen continue to make an impact in the Golden Eagles lineup as setter Sylvia Lawson is third in the conference averaging 9.00 assists per set, while Laura Shoopman has topped the team in kills four times, including a season-high 21 versus Louisiana Tech in her ORU debut sitting 11th overall totaling 172 kills.
•The Golden Eagles are 10-17 against the Bison in the all-time series as the teams have alternated sweeping the season matchups the last three years. ORU and UND have only played twice since the Fighting Hawks joined the league in 2018 with each side winning on its home floor a year ago.
•UND has dropped six of its last seven matches sitting in ninth place in the league standings. Ashley Brueggeman leads the Fighting Hawks offense averaging 3.16 kills per set reaching double figures 13 times, while McKenzie Damon and Darian Chwialkowski each post at least three digs per set.
•The Bison are currently tied for fourth place after a win at in-state rival UND Tuesday. Alexis Bachmeier (153 kills) and Allie Mauch (146 kills) lead a balanced attack for NDSU. Four players average at least two digs per set for the defense led by Kaylee Hanger's 3.42 per set.
•Head Coach Sheera Sirola, ORU's all-time winningest coach broke The Summit League career wins record against SDSU Oct. 6. She 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 with libero Tori Roe, setter Bria Bergman and outside hitter Lara Picht graduating. 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 challenging 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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