Match One Score: ORU 1 – Saint Mary's 3
Match One Records: ORU (0-4) – Saint Mary's (1-3)
Match Two Score: ORU 0 – No. 12 Nebraska 3
Match Two Records: ORU (0-5) – No. 12 Nebraska (2-2)
Location: Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team started the day on a high note before slowing down in a pair of non-conference losses Friday at the Ameritas Players Challenge to Saint Mary's (25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 20-25) and host No. 12 Nebraska (8-25, 16-25, 10-25) at the Devaney Center.
The Golden Eagles got out to a great start against the Gaels utilizing a balanced attack to win the first set before Saint Mary's answered back winning the next three sets. ORU hit .268 in set one, but dropped to .152 for the match as SMC picked up its defense.
Facing a capacity crowd of 8,035 in the primetime nightcap, the Golden Eagles count not keep pace with the nationally-ranked Huskers, a team that reached the 2016 NCAA Championship semifinals after winning the 2015 National Championship.
Inside the Match One Box Score
- Laura Milos and CeCe Madison each totaled a double-double for ORU as Milos recorded a match-high 23 kills and 17 digs, while Madison added 16 kills and 14 digs. Milos caught fire in the final set terminating 10 points keeping the Golden Eagles within striking distance.
- Setters Bria Bergman and Lucija Bojanjac combined for 51 set assists with Bergman reaching a new career-high of 31.
- Libero Tori Roe was all over the court defensively turning in a match-best 20 digs.
- Katarina Mikulic and Bojanjac used effective serving to help ORU to eight service aces hitting three apiece. Madison and Milos also contributed one ace.
- The Gaels controlled the net battle totaling 13 blocks compared to only three by the Golden Eagles. Morgan Hughes and Sienna Young led SMC with 11 kills.
Inside the Match Two Box Score
- Milos finished with a team-high 11 of ORU's 20 total kills.
- Bojanjac tallied nine assists and Bergman added seven.
- Roe and Madison posted four digs leading the Golden Eagles.
- Mikaela Foecke closed the match with 14 kills on 19 swings for Nebraska.
The Golden Eagles put the finishing touches on the weekend tournament Saturday morning at 11 a.m. facing UMBC for the first time in program history.
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