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Golden Eagles Fall in Four to IPFW

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 10/29/2011
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Elizabeth McVicker and ORU fell to IPFW on Saturday night
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Oral Roberts University fell out of first place in the Summit League on Saturday night after losing to IPFW, 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18). The loss is the second in a row for ORU and drops them to 12-3 in the Summit League, one-half match behind North Dakota State at the top of the League standings.

NDSU took on out-of-conference opponent Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday, ensuring their spot at top of the League.

Olivia Ophus led the Golden Eagles (19-6 overall) with 15 kills and Joana Gruber added 14, but ORU hit just .124 as a team. Bruna Silva’s 23 digs led the defensive effort, while Gruber added 13 and Ophus had 11.

Kendall Wienkes led IPFW (18-7, 11-3 Summit League) with 17 kills, while Tessa McGill led all players with 33 digs. The Mastodons hit .198 as a squad and tallied 12 blocks to ORU’s seven.

The result, combined with a 3-0 loss to Oakland on Friday, ends ORU’s road trip at 0-2. Prior to the two losses, Sheera Sirola’s team had won 12 straight matches and 19 of their last 20.

IPFW surged to the front in game on with a 5-0 run, capped by two straight service aces by Wienkes, to take a 10-8 lead. Later McGill had two service aces as part of a 7-0 run that put the game away and led to a 25-16 win.

the home team scored the first three points of the second set and never looked back. A Jessie Manwaring kill gave the Mastondons an 8-2 lead, and the home team never trailed. Wienkes capped the set with a kill, giving IPFW a 25-21 win.

ORU’s lone victory of the night came in the third set. Three IPFW attack errors helped the Golden Eagles to an early 4-1 lead, but the home team led for most of the set. Two straight kills by Ophus pulled ORU even at 20-20, and another effort from the junior gave the Eagles a 22-21 win. Finally, an error on Wienkes kept ORU alive with a 25-23 win.

The momentum did not carry over to the fourth set. IPFW led throughout, taking control in the late stages with a 4-0 run to take a 21-17 lead. ORU could not rally and fell, 25-18.

Most of ORU’s statistical highlights came on the defensive side. In addition to double-doubles from Ophus and Gruber, Sthephanie Mab tallied 11 digs and Laura Taylor had ten. Elizabeth McVicker led the team with four blocks, including two solos.

The Golden Eagles will try to get back on track and regain the top spot in the Summit League when they host North Dakota State on Thursday evening. First serve at the Cooper Aerobics Center is set for 7 pm.
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