ORU Volleyball was down two sets to one against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and down 16-6 in the fourth set, only 9 points away from losing the match.
There seemed to be no way that ORU would be able to come back.
But they did.
A 19-4 run for the Golden Eagles gave them a fourth set victory and tied the match at two sets all.
ORU then used the massive momentum shift to their advantage and cruised to an easy 15-5 fifth set victory, completing the comeback after being down two sets to zero.
After losing the first two sets, ORU was facing must-win scenarios for the rest of the night.
The third set was a back and forth contest, with neither team able to get back to back scores. The only times that Corpus Christi opened up more than a one point lead, ORU quickly closed the gap.
Down 19-17, ORU put together eight unanswered points to win the third set and keep the match going.
Despite the strong finish, it looked like the third set wouldn’t matter when Corpus Christi jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the fourth.
ORU refused to give up and were able to fight back from what looked like a definite loss.
“All of them, they hate to lose,” said head coach Sheera Sirola. “And I think they never gave up. It was definitely one of the reasons they played their hearts out.”
ORU strung together an 11-1 run to tie the set at 17, then put together another strong push to claim the set by five points.
During the set-tying run, ORU relied on the serving of Sthephanie Mab.
While Mab was serving, ORU won eight consecutive points.
“[She had] never really served before, because she had shoulder surgery. And all she could really serve is short,” Sirola said. “We tried something totally different and it worked. Basically it was a rinky-dinky little serve, but it worked.”
When the two teams came back on the court for the fifth set, ORU was hyped up and Corpus Christi was clearly shocked and dejected.
The Golden Eagles made quick work of the Islanders, dominating the final set 15-5.
Sara Pope accounted for five of those points with two aces and three kills, including the match winner.
“When one started doing the right thing, everything just spread out and it was a team effort,” Sirola said.
ORU went on an unbelievable 34-9 run over the final two sets to grab the victory.
The win is the third consecutive for ORU against the Islanders. It improves ORU’s record to 16-4 overall and 8-2 in Southland play.
They currently sit fourth in the conference standings.
The three teams in front of ORU, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Northwestern State, all still remain on ORU’s schedule, giving them a chance to win pivotal games as the season comes closer to the Southland Conference Tournament.
Their next match will be this Saturday at home against Houston Baptist. HBU is 5-5 in conference play and is ranked seventh in the conference.
First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Aerobics Center.