DENVER, Colo. – The Oral Roberts volleyball teams enters the 2016 Summit League Championships as the No. 5 seed and opens play Friday night at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals against No. 4-seeded Fort Wayne at Hamilton Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Denver.
Playing in a conference tournament for the fifth-consecutive season, the Golden Eagles have the difficult task of defeating the Mastodons for the third time in a single year after sweeping both matches during the regular season with the top-seeded Pioneers looming for the winner.
Every match of the tournament is available on a free webstream at http://www.thesummitleague.org/broadcast/wedlpx, while live stats are available courtesy of Denver athletics at www.denverpioneers.com.
For all the latest information on The Summit League Championships, visit tournament central at http://thesummitleague.org/tournaments/wvball/2016-17/index.
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►ORU has reached the conference tournament each of the last five seasons, including the past two since rejoining The Summit League. The Golden Eagles were eliminated in the quarterfinals each of the last two seasons falling to Omaha in 2015 and North Dakota State in 2014.
►ORU has met Fort Wayne twice in the conference tournament winning both first-round matchups coming in a five-set decision in 2011 after a 3-1 victory in 2008. All-time, ORU has posted a 29-13 record in conference tournaments, including an unblemished 12-0 record from 1997 to 2002.
►The Golden Eagles needed to win both of their final two matches to move up to the No. 5 seed and finished the regular season with an 8-8 record, tied with Fort Wayne. ORU won the tiebreaker with the Mastodons by way of a season split against top-seeded Denver.
►For the sixth time this season, an ORU player was named The Summit League's Offensive Player of the Week when Laura Milos added the honor Nov. 14 in the regular season finale. She put together one of the best performances in the nation averaging 9.0 kills per set hitting .368 for the week. It was her fifth time earning the award in 2016 and 11th of her storied career, while junior Shelby Cox earned the title for the first time in her career Oct. 10.
►Milos attempts to become just the third student-athlete in program history to record 600 or more kills in a single season. She currently has 598 kills on the year and trails only Ksenija Kugler's 717 (1993) and Ori Zuzic, who had 626 in 2004 and 611 in 2006.
►Both Milos and Lucija Bojanjac continue to climb up the ORU career leaderboards this season. Behind a 33-kill performance (11.0 kills per set) against IUPUI in the regular season finale Nov. 13, Milos moved into third place all-time in kills with 1,683 career kills. On the same afternoon, Bojanjac tallied 53 set assists and jumped to third in career assists and now has 3,570 during her three-year career.
►Milos has continued her success on the court from last season earning national recognition. The junior leads the nation in points per set (6.80), total aces (81) and aces per set (0.79) and ranks in the top-three nationally in several other categories. The Porec, Croatia native ranks second in kills per set (5.81) and attacks per set (14.1), while sitting third in points (700), total kills (598) and total attacks (1,452). She also is The Summit League's leader in eight statistical categories in 2016.
►One constant for the Golden Eagles this year has been the play of its setter in Bojanjac, who finished last week with 96 set assists in the pair of 3-0 wins over Fort Wayne and IUPUI. The junior leads the team with 1,033 assists on the year, while ranking third in The Summit League averaging 9.75 assists per set. A native of Zagreb, Croatia, she has nine matches this season with at least 40 assists. In a 33-set performance against Arkansas, Bojanjac joined the 3,000 assists club and now has 3,570 for her career.
►As a team, Oral Roberts leads all 329 NCAA Division I programs in the country in service aces with 216 on the season. The team also is third nationally averaging 1.96 aces per set due to its aggressive style of serving.
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