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TULSA, Okla. – It's the final home weekend of the season for the Oral Roberts volleyball team as it plays host to Western Illinois Friday night to honor its four seniors before the finale Sunday afternoon against Purdue Fort Wayne.
•ORU plays its final two home matches of the season in desperate need of wins currently on the outside looking in for the 2019 Summit League Championship. 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 407 kills, ranking 12th in the nation, while averaging 3.95 kills per set, thanks to a career-best 29 kills against NDSU. The senior has recorded a double-double 17 times and posted 20 or more kills seven times this season.
•Thiessen returned from an injury after missing nearly three weeks and picked up where she left off totaling 18 digs at SDSU. She's helped ORU to the 24th-most digs in the NCAA and remains fourth in the league averaging 4.14 digs per set.
•Senior Bri Greenlee leads the Golden Eagles with 71 total blocks this year and 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 8.86 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 39-6 all-time in matches against the Leathernecks after dropping a road test Oct. 13. ORU is 17-8 when taking on the Mastodons, including a three-set loss less than a month ago.
•WIU is just one game in front of ORU in the standings tied for sixth having dropped five of its last six. Jojo Kruize (232) and Mariah Mitchell (220) are back-to-back in The Summit League sitting 13th and 14th, respectively, in kills.
•Purdue Fort Wayne has already clinched a spot in the postseason after taking down NDSU and UND last weekend at home. Rachael Crucis is the league leader totaling 488 digs and earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time Monday. Katie Crowe ranks fifth in the conference putting away 350 kills to lead the offense.
•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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