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TULSA, Okla. – It's crunch time for the Oral Roberts volleyball team entering the final weekend of the regular season on the road facing North Dakota Friday night before a test at North Dakota State Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles need a win over the Fighting Hawks to keep their postseason chances alive as they push for the sixth and final spot in The Summit League Championship presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare.
•ORU closes the 2019 regular season in North Dakota with a pair of conference matches as it tries to even the season series against the Fighting Hawks and Bison. 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 440 kills, ranking 13th in the nation, while averaging 3.96 kills per set. The senior has recorded a double-double 18 times and posted 20 or more kills eight times this season.
•Thiessen recently returned from an injury after missing nearly three weeks and picked up where she left off totaling double-digit digs in her last three outings. She's helped ORU to the 20th-most digs in the NCAA and remains fourth in the league averaging 4.17 digs per set.
•Senior Bri Greenlee leads the Golden Eagles with 77 total blocks this year and jumped to sixth in ORU block assists history passing Meredith Mangum (1997-00). The senior is four block assists away from reaching the top five.
•A pair of freshmen continue to make an impact in the Golden Eagles lineup as setter Sylvia Lawson is third in the conference averaging 8.92 assists per set. Laura Shoopman has topped the team in kills five times, including a season-high 21 versus Louisiana Tech in her ORU debut, but missed the last five matches due to injury.
•The Golden Eagles are 1-2 all-time in matches against the Fighting Hawks after falling at home in five sets Oct. 18. ORU is 10-18 when taking on NDSU, including three-straight losses following a five-set setback Oct. 20.
•UND is one win in front of ORU in the standings following a road loss to in-state rival NDSU dropping three of its last four overall. Ashley Brueggeman ranks sixth in The Summit League totaling 342 kills, while Darian Chwialkowski is sixth at 371 total digs.
•The Bison have already clinched a postseason spot as the No. 5 seed thanks to a four-set win over UND Tuesday. Alexis Bachmeier paces the offense recording 281 kills as three NDSU players all average at least two kills per set. Kaylee Hanger ranks eighth in the conference at 339 digs.
•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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