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Golden Eagles defeat Arkansas 3-0 in home opener

Nearly 1,300 students, faculty and staff watched the ORU volleyball team improve to 8-6 in its sweep against Arkansas on Tuesday night. This was the team’s final non-conference match and the first at home this season.

“I think our bench was really awesome, but the crowd was absolutely amazing,” said junior middle blocker Shelby Cox. “We have never had anything like that. We really fed off the energy.”

Arkansas tried to keep up the entire night, even trying to come back in the final set by forcing three match point efforts, but ORU came out on top.

Head Coach Sheera Sirola is happy with the way the team bounced back after its rocky tournament at the University of Tulsa last Friday and Saturday.

“Last weekend, we would get down two or three points and then we would even up [the score], but we couldn’t close the game,” she said. “We harped on mental toughness the whole weekend and the girls finally executed.”

Junior Laura Milos led the team with 23 kills, her seventh match of the season with 20 or more, followed by Cox who posted 10. Lucija Bojanjac provided 33 assists on the night.

Cox said the Golden Eagles will rest up this week and attempt to continue the energy from this match when they start Summit League action at North Dakota State Friday at 7 p.m.