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Golden Eagles Open Summit League Play Hosting Mastodons, Leathernecks

Golden Eagles Open Summit League Play Hosting Mastodons, Leathernecks
Week #5 | ORU vs. Fort Wayne / Western Illinois (Tulsa, Okla.)
Schedule Coverage Series History

vs. Fort Wayne
  Sept. 22 | 7 p.m.

vs. Fort Wayne
   Live Stats  |  Video

All-Time vs. FW:
  ORU leads 13-7


vs. Western Illinois
  Sept. 24 | 1 p.m.

vs. Western Illinois
    Live Stats  |  Video

All-Time vs. WIU:
  ORU leads 35-5


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TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts volleyball team begins play in The Summit League looking to bounce back from a difficult home tournament last weekend. ORU hosts Fort Wayne Friday night at the Aerobics Center with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. and caps the weekend against Western Illinois Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.


•The Golden Eagles suffered a pair of five-set losses last weekend in their first home tournament since 2009 and quickly look to rebound from three-straight losses with the opening of Summit League play.


•ORU faces Fort Wayne for the 21st time having won the previous five meetings, including all three a season ago in straight sets. The Golden Eagles and Western Illinois have played 40 times in the all-time series with ORU holding a 35-5 edge.


•The Mastodons dropped two of three matches at the Golden Grizzlies Invitational last weekend following a four-match win streak. Nicole Rightnowar paces four Fort Wayne players with 100 or more kills totaling 192 this season.


•The Leathernecks closed non-conference play with four-consecutive losses after going 5-5 to start the year. WIU features a balanced attack with four players averaging two kills per set or more with Shalyn Greenhaw leading the way at 2.74.


Laura Milos was named Summit League Player of the Week for the 12th time in her career a week ago, tying the all-time record for most weekly honors. She continues to lead the conference posting 220 kills averaging 5.00 kills per set, ranking fourth nationally. She posted 32 kills against rival Tulsa last Friday recording her seventh-career, 30-plus kill match.


•Setters Bria Bergman and Lucija Bojanjac have provided ORU consistent play as nearly interchangeable parts in the lineup tallying 229 and 224 assists, respectively.


CeCe Madison reached double-figure kills in all three matches during the ORU Invitational and has hit the mark nine times in 12 matches this season, including five straight. Her 3.25 kills per set ranks fourth in The Summit League giving the Golden Eagles the conference's top combo. The sophomore also has registered a team-leading four double-doubles.


•Senior Shelby Cox is slowly returning to the lineup following an early injury and provided a much-needed boost to the ORU blocking efforts. Her nine block assists helped the Golden Eagles reach 14 blocks against Wyoming, their most since the 2012 season finale.


•Head Coach Sheera Sirola, ORU's all-time winningest coach, welcomed seven newcomers to the lineup, including two transfers and five freshmen.


•The Golden Eagles have reached the conference tournament each of the last five seasons. They were eliminated in the semifinals by host and top-seed Denver in 2016.


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