Caroline Arnould understands what it means to be an underdog.
Arnould, a five-foot-eight sophomore from Tulsa, Okla., walked-on with the Golden Eagles in the spring of 2013. She made it her mission to get better, and fast.
“Basically all summer I lifted weights, did a lot of conditioning and played in open gym games with my teammates,” Arnould said. “I want to become a better player. I want to contribute as much as possible to help my team win.”
Arnould played high school volleyball right across the street from ORU at Victory Christian School.
She was a four-year letterman while leading Victory to regional championships and state tournament appearances every year.
She was honored to be named to the Tulsa World All-Metro Team and the OCA All-State Team as a senior. She also set school records for kills and blocks in a single season.
Naturally, after having such a successful career in high school, Arnould was ready to take her game to the next level.
Her college debut came in a win against Southern University. She amassed four kills and recorded two solo blocks.
The Golden Eagles have been terrorizing their competition; their last win coming in the form of a 3-1 victory over High Point. Arnould has been able to make an impact in every game so far.
As a walk-on, Arnould’s life isn’t easy.
The walk-on lifestyle isn’t lavish. To remain a player, working hard is the only option.
Arnould would love to be placed on scholarship, and knows that the only way to accomplish that goal is to work harder than anyone else.
Despite all that, Arnould is happy to be there.
“I love being on the team. I’m grateful for
the opportunity to play the sport I love at the division one level.”
Arnould’s goal is to improve as a player and significantly contribute to the team’s success.
Team goals for the season consist of winning a conference championship, and ultimately playing in the NCAA tournament against the other top college programs; the stage that every collegiate player dreams of performing on.