TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team kicks off the 2015 Summit League season Friday and Saturday at North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
The Golden Eagles will open Friday at 7 p.m. against the Bison before a quick turnaround Saturday night against the Jackrabbits. Saturday night's match in Brookings, S.D., gets underway at 8 p.m.
|ORU at NDSU - Sept. 25 - Fargo, N.D. | ORU at SDSU - Sept. 26 - Brookings, S.D.|
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at North Dakota State
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All-Time vs. NDSU: 7-12
ORU in Fargo: 2-4
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Saturday, Sept. 26 - 8 p.m.
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► The Oral Roberts University volleyball team finished the tournament portion of its non-conference schedule one game below .500 at 6-7. The Golden Eagles have prepared themselves for a tough Summit League schedule with the 70th toughest schedule in NCAA Division I and wins over Marquette and Miami.
► Laura Milos is making a push for Summit League Player of the Year as she leads the conference in kills per set (4.85) and ranks 5th in the country.
► Milos also ranks in the top five nationally in attacks per set (12.54) and is 15th in points per set (5.10). The sophomore also ranks in the top 20 in total attacks (18th) and total kills (11th) while ranking second in The Summit League in both categories.
► Milos has tallied double figure kills in 10 of the Golden Eagles first 13 matches including a 33 kill effort against Marquette and 29 kills vs Houston Baptist. Her 33 kills are third best in a 5-set match and her 29 are second best in a 4-set match in NCAA Division I this season.
► Sophomore setter, Lucija Bojanjac has also picked up where she left off after her freshman season. Bojanjac again leads The Summit League in assists per set (10.80) and total assists (529) as both numbers rank 42nd and 26th nationally.
► Shelby Cox continues to be one of the efficient hitters for the Golden Eagles and in The Summit League. Cox enters league play with a .350 hitting percentage through 13 matches for ORU which also ranks 121st in the nation.
► ORU faced its first losing streak of the season with a loss to UNLV to close out the Rebel Challenge and dropping two matches at home last week to UT Arlington and Tulsa. Last season the Golden Eagles had just one losing streak of three or more matches, ironically losing four straight before winning their final non-conference match, like they have done this year.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
► North Dakota State has been able to ride momentum from last season's conference tournament run as the Bison enter the weekend at 9-7 and with the second best record in The Summit League. NDSU has taken 2-of-3 at all four tournaments so far this season and also earned wins over St. Louis and Milwaukee.
► The Bison are led by Emily Minnick who carries a .341 hitting percentage - the fourth best mark in The Summit League. She is joined by Jenni Fassbender who has totaled 176 kills through the first 16 matches for NDSU.
► South Dakota State has continued its struggles winning just one match so far this season under first-year head coach Nicole Cirillo. The Jackrabbits have lost 11 straight and sit at the bottom of The Summit League entering conference play this week. SDSU has also played the 52nd toughest schedule in the nation through 16 matches.
► Ashley Beaner leads the Jackrabbits offensively averaging 2.08 kills per set. Beaner has 104 total kills working with a pair of setters for SDSU, Brooke Leetham and Mattison Munger. Munger enters with 257 assists while Leetham has totaled 105 assists.
UP NEXT FOR ORU
ORU will return home for its first conference home opener Friday against IUPUI at 7 p.m. Action during the weekend will continue Sunday against IPFW as first serve from the Aerobics Center is set for 1 p.m.
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