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Women’s volleyball team spikes into gear

Photos by Austin St. John
Photos by Austin St. John

Just as they continue to do every year, the ORU women’s volleyball team is proving resilience, determination and teamwork in recent wins.

After a sub-par performance last week against University of Tulsa, the Golden Eagles bounced back this past weekend, sweeping the UTEP tournament.

This now makes two tournaments wins for Coach Sheera Sirola, after the ladies won their first tournament in Houston almost two weeks ago.

ORU’s newest star, Sara Pope was once again a stand out player completing the game with 12 kills.

The junior transferred from Albany University and has begun her career at ORU in a stellar way, logging a Southland Player of the Week (9/2) and being named the TSU Invitational MVP.

She and Freshman McKenna Qualls combined for 23 total kills this past weekend.

Although both ladies were the only ones to be in double figures, they weren’t the only ones to contribute in big ways.

The team as a whole hit .459.

Laura Taylor had eight kills hitting .727%, Jessica Pancratz had seven kills hitting .636% and Senior Luara Rosa had eight kills hitting .333%.

The percentages spoke mostly for the offensive side of the house, but even the defense had an integral part in the success of the weekend.

Senior Captain Bruna Silva recorded 10 digs.

ORU is off to a 6-1 start on the season, which is the best start since 1996 when the ladies won their first seven matches of the year. That was also the year the ladies ended with a large bid to the NCAA tournament.

The ladies finished the final match with a 25-19 win.

This type of win definitely strengthens the teams’ moral.

Pope said, “I think we did an excellent job this weekend. I feel my team can get very far; we have an extremely talented group of girls and I’m excited to see what this season holds.”

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