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ORU Downs Western Illinois in Four

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 10/29/2010
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Olivia Ophus logged 12 kills and seven digs in the ORU win.

Macomb, IL-The Oral Roberts volleyball team broke back into the win column with a 3-1 (31-33, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16) victory over the Western Illinois Leathernecks Friday evening at Brophy Hall in Macomb, Illinois.

Sophomore, Olivia Ophus, led an efficient Golden Eagle attack with 12 kills on 28 attacks (.357), while tacking on seven digs in the victory.

ORU held a 14-10 lead in the opening set, before Western Illinois managed to battle back and eventually edge out a 33-31 win.

It was all Golden Eagles from that point on however, as the visitors pulled out wins in the following two sets and used a commanding 14-5 run to close out the decisive game four.

Jocelyn Swier chipped in a strong performance of her own, posting 11 kills on a .360 hitting clip, while Serena Cate rounded out the double figure trio with 10 kills (.381), six digs and a block assist.

As a team, ORU hit .213 on the evening with 12 combined blocks, and held the Leathernecks to a chilly .160 mark.

With the victory, the Golden Eagles move to 9-12 on the season and 7-6 in Summit League play. Western Illinois drops to 6-17 overall and 2-12 in conference action.

The ladies are back in action Saturday night, as they travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to battle the IUPUI Jaguars. Game time is slated for 6:00 p.m.


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