|Week #9 | #ORUVB at Denver/Omaha (Denver, Colo./Omaha, Neb.)|
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TULSA, Okla. – With three matches in five days covering three different states, the Oral Roberts volleyball team is in the midst of its most challenging part of the schedule heading to Denver Sunday afternoon before a trip to Omaha Tuesday.
•ORU continues its most difficult stretch of the season trying to bounce back after dropping all three matches in a recent homestand and are in a four-way tie for sixth place. 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 371 kills, ranking 11th in the nation, while averaging 3.99 kills per set, thanks to a career-best 29 kills against NDSU. The senior has recorded a double-double 16 times and posted 20 or more kills seven times this season.
•Thiessen has helped ORU to the ninth-most digs in the NCAA as the Tulsa, Oklahoma, native is fourth in the league averaging 4.12 digs per set. Inka Inkret has filled in as libero the last 11 sets totaling 49 digs (4.45 per set).
•Senior Bri Greenlee posted a career-best 109 total blocks in 2018 and leads the Golden Eagles with 63 total blocks this year. She recently jumped to sixth in ORU block assists history passing Meredith Mangum (1997-00).
•A pair of freshmen continue to make an impact in the Golden Eagles lineup as setter Sylvia Lawson is third in the conference averaging 9.04 assists per set, while Laura Shoopman has topped the team in kills five times, including a season-high 21 versus Louisiana Tech in her ORU debut sitting 11th overall in the conference totaling 210 kills.
•The Golden Eagles are 2-11 all-time against the Pioneers falling in five-straight matches, while sitting at 6-9 when facing Omaha after a five-set win at home Oct. 1.
•DU sits in second place in the conference standings after winning five-consecutive contests. The Pioneers are led on offense by Lydia Bartalo's 3.08 kills per set ranking ninth in the league and Brianna Green is the league's second best averaging 1.36 blocks per set.
•UNO swept North Dakota Saturday for back-to-back wins moving into a tie for fourth place. Isabella Sade is third in The Summit League at 315 kills and 3.54 kills per set, while Claire Mountjoy is second in total digs (413).
•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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