|Week #10 | #ORUVB at South Dakota State (Brookings, S.D.)|
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TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team closes a three-match road stretch heading to South Dakota State for a Sunday matinee against the Jackrabbits.
•ORU closes its most difficult stretch of the season trying to bounce back and push to the finish to reach The Summit League Championship presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare. The Golden Eagles entered the 2019 campaign picked fourth in the league's 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 392 kills, ranking eighth in the nation, while averaging 3.96 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.
•Inka Inkret has filled in as libero the last five matches totaling 69 digs (3.63 per set), while Thiessen has helped ORU to the 17th-most digs in the NCAA and remains fourth in the league averaging 4.12 digs per set.
•Senior Bri Greenlee leads the Golden Eagles with 67 total blocks this year ranking 11th in the conference. 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 8.84 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.
•The Golden Eagles are 16-5 all-time in contests against the Jackrabbits, including a four-set victory at home Oct. 6. ORU is 6-4 when taking on SDSU in Brookings, South Dakota.
•SDSU is currently tied with the Golden Eagles in eighth place in The Summit League standings, one game out of the final spot in the postseason tournament, following a four-set loss at home to Denver Friday. The offensive duo of Makenzie Hennen (3.17 kills per set) and Crystal Burk (2.50 kills per set) rank eighth and 12th in the league, respectively, while Tatum Pickar is fifth averaging 3.89 digs 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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