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Volleyball team opens SLC season in dominating fashion

ORU put the Southland Conference on notice tonight with a dominating 3-0 win over Incarnate Word.

The Golden Eagles played aggressive offense and solid defense in all three sets, never allowing UIW to get over 20 points.

Newcomers dominated from the outside offensive positions for ORU.

Freshman McKenna Qualls led the team with 12 kills in her first game in front of the ORU home crowd. Junior transfer Sara Pope had 10 kills in her first home game.

“They were a great addition for us,” said Sheera Sirola, head coach for ORU. “We really are much better on the outside positions. We didn’t have a player [last year] who could put the ball down like those two do.”

Qualls also made an impact on the defensive side of the ball with 12 digs. Bruna Silva led that category for ORU with 17.

Laura Taylor played just as expected. She was the distributor for the team and tallied 35 assists.

The game was the first of the season for ORU at home and also the Southland Conference opener for the Golden Eagles.

“I think we are excited to finally be here at home,” said Sirola. “[The girls] can show what we have been doing all this month. All our fans just pumped the girls up.”

In the first set, ORU used a 7-3 run to propel them to a 25-17 victory. In the second set, UIW withstood four set points before losing 25-17 again. ORU opened up the third and final set with a 14-5 score on their way to a 25-19 win.

The win gives ORU a 9-2 record and a 1-0 Southland Conference record.

ORU will be back in action at home on Saturday, when they face another Southland Conference opponent, Abilene Christian. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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