|Week #12 | ORU vs. North Dakota State / Omaha (Tulsa, Okla.)|
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TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team controls its own postseason fate entering the final weekend of the regular season as it plays host to North Dakota State for Senior Night Friday starting at 5 p.m. The Golden Eagles close the campaign Sunday afternoon against Omaha at 1 p.m. inside the Aerobics Center.
•It's crunch time for ORU as it is currently tied for fifth place in The Summit League standings and holds a one-game lead for the final spot in the postseason championships with two matches to play in the regular season. That lead is over its next opponent, North Dakota State, as the teams face off Friday in a contest the Golden Eagles need to win to secure a tournament spot.
•Libero Tori Roe currently ranks 31st in the nation with 507 digs, including a career-best 28 on four occasions, helping ORU rank 14th in the NCAA averaging 17.72 digs per set as a team. The senior ranks second in the conference averaging 4.83 digs per set and became the first ORU player since Bruna Silva in 2013 to post 500 or more digs in a single season, reaching the milestone Sunday at SDSU.
•Increased consistency at the net by ORU in 2018 has led to an average of 2.14 blocks per set. Bri Greenlee's blocking emergence earned her Defensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 8 and has her ranked second in the conference averaging 1.11 blocks per set, while Morgan Blomquist also ranks 11th in total blocks (81). Greenlee is one of only two players in the NCAA to post 11 or more blocks in multiple, four-set matches this season, including a nation's best 13 at Purdue Fort Wayne.
•Seven hitters have crossed the century mark in kills this year with CeCe Madison holding the team lead with 211 following double-digit efforts in four of her last five outings. The junior continues to pace ORU averaging 2.81 kills per set, while Lara Picht (2.21), Inka Inkret (2.21) and Katarina Mikulic (2.07) also average more than two kills per set.
•Bria Bergman has averaged 9.57 assists per set this season, ranking fifth in the league, and recently crossed 1,000 assists for the first time in her career. The senior is the top attacking setter in the conference with 93 kills and paces the Golden Eagles with 16 double-doubles.
•North Dakota State sits one game behind ORU and North Dakota for the final spot in The Summit League Championship with two road matches to play. The Bison are led offensively by McKenzie Burke (2.68) and Allie Mauch (2.64) in kills per set, while Abbi Klos paces the defense averaging 3.69 digs per set.
•Omaha makes the trip to Tulsa for its regular season finale one game behind South Dakota for second place and a first-round bye. The Mavericks have both Sadie Limback (2.86) and Isabella Sade (2.80) in the top 10 in kills per set. Setter Sydney Case leads the league averaging 11.16 assists per set, ranking 21st in the nation.
•Head Coach Sheera Sirola, ORU's all-time winningest coach, welcomed two newcomers to the lineup, both freshmen, as outside hitter Inka Inkret (Ivanec, Croatia) and setter Sylvia Lawson (Joplin, Missouri) joined the squad for 2018.
•The Golden Eagles have reached the conference tournament each of the last six seasons, including a spot in the 2017 championship match. ORU made its first postseason appearance since 2006 when it was invited to the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
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