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Golden Eagles secure fifth seed in tournament

ORU volleyball won a tight three set match against IUPUI in the final regular season match of the season Sunday.

The Jaguars came into the afternoon fiery and gave the Golden Eagles all they could handle with sets of 28-26, 28-26, 25-22.

“Our two freshmen, in the middle did really well,” said Head Coach Sheera Sirola. “They played great, once we get to about 20 we tense up and it is harder for us to win the set.”

Four players reached double digits in kills or assists for the Golden Eagles. Junior setter Lucija Bonjanjac finished with 55 assists in the match. Junior outside hitter Laura Milos continued her success, racking up 33 kills (11 per set) against IUPUI.

Milos earned her fifth Summit League Offensive Player of the Week nod this season on Monday. It was the 11th of her career.

“For me, just watching [Milos] fight for every point brings out the competitiveness in me,” said freshman Taylan Nero. “To turn and know she is fighting for everyone on the team. It makes me want to put those balls down for the team.” 

The team clinched a spot in the Summit League tournament after sweeping IPFW on Friday, Nov. 11. ORU’s victory over IUPUI means the Golden Eagles will go into the Summit League Tournament as the fifth seed.

“We are going to play Fort Wayne first round who we have already played and beaten twice,” said Sirola. “We are probably going to play more relaxed, they are the best draw for us this time.” 

The Golden Eagles closed the regular season with a 16-14 record as they head into tournament play this weekend. The tournament begins today, Friday, Nov. 18 and runs through Nov. 20 at the University of Denver.