TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts University volleyball team opens a four-match road trip as they head east to face IPFW and IUPUI Friday and Sunday in Summit League play.
The Golden Eagles will look to sweep the season series between both IPFW and IUPUI after knocking of both squads in Tulsa. IUPUI currently holds a half game lead in The Summit League standings over defending champion, Denver.
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► The Golden Eagles start a four match road swing heading to Indiana to face IPFW and IUPUI Friday and Sunday. IUPUI leads the league at 8-2 as ORU will try to sweep the season series against both schools.
► Sophomore Laura Milos continues not only a push for Summit League Player of the Year honor, but all-America honors after being named Summit League Player of the Week for a second consecutive week and fourth overall. Milos set a ORU and Summit League record with 12 service aces Sunday against South Dakota State. The mark was a NCAA single-match and also the most service aces since 2011 for any school at the Division I level.
► Milos has been on an incredible pace with at least 20 kills in five straight matches and 10 of her 11. Her numbers are also among the best in the nation as she ranks second in kills per set (5.10) and points (496.5) and sits fifth in attacks (12.66) and 29th in service aces with 35. Carnae Dillard of North Texas - a 2015 ORU opponent - leads the nation with 519 total kills and 13.71 kills per set.
► Setter, Lucija Bojanjac is still keeping an impressive pace for the ORU offense. Bojanjac leads The Summit League with 10.88 assist per set which also ranks 40th nationally. She added 50 assists against South Dakota giving her seven matches with 50 or more assists this season.
► Freshman Karyn Chrisman has seen her offensive performance rise after posting a season-high 17 kills against South Dakota and adding another 11 in a win over South Dakota State. Chrisman has improved to now averaging 1.78 kills per set.
► The Golden Eagles have played one of the toughest schedule in the nation facing five teams ranked in the top 100 and three in the top 50.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
► IUPUI continues to lead The Summit League at 8-2 and a half game advantage over Denver at 8-3. The Jaguars have won their last three matches and six of their last seven since falling to ORU in Tulsa, 3-1.
► Kaitlyn Hickey paces the Jaguars offensively as she ranks second in the league with 3.99 kills per set and is third with 402.5 points this season. As a team the Jaguars lead The Summit League in kills per set with 13.96.
► IPFW sits at just 3-6 on the season and have lost three straight matches. The Mastodons last win however was a big road victory at Omaha in a five-set thriller.
► Olivia Hahn leads The Summit League averaging 4.68 digs per set and has totaled 440 digs this season. Hahn also ranks among the nation's leaders in digs at 64th. Offensively, the 'Dons are led by Somer Johnson who leads The Summit League in attacks with 1,177 and is eighth nationally in the category also. Johnson also averaged 3.98 kills per set - the third best mark in the conference and 58th nationally.
UP NEXT FOR ORU
The Golden Eagles continue their road trip with a Sunday after noon match at Western Illinois followed by a midweek match at Omaha.
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