Oral Roberts sweeps volleyball weekly accolades

Oral Roberts sweeps volleyball weekly accolades

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oral Roberts senior outside hitter CeCe Madison and sophomore defensive specialist Sarah Thiessen claimed this week's Summit League Volleyball Player of the Week awards after helping the Golden Eagles finish 2-0 on the weekend and notch head coach Sheera Sirola the title of all-time winningest coach in Summit League history. This is the first weekly honor of the season for both Madison and Thiessen.

Madison earned the offensive weekly honor after posting double-doubles in each match. The senior tallied 20 kills in a five-set thriller over Omaha and flourished in the fifth and final set putting away five kills on nine attempts to clinch the victory for ORU. Madison closed the weekend averaging 3.67 kills and 3.56 digs per set while adding seven assists and three service aces.

Thiessen secured the defensive award after posting back-to-back 21-dig efforts. Eleven of her 21 digs against Omaha came during the set two victory that also saw her land three service aces. She tallied her 16th match with double-digit digs, including seven matches with at least 20 digs. Thiessen ended the weekend averaging 4.67 digs per set, 42 total digs, nine set assists and five service aces. 

CeCe Madison, Oral Roberts
Senior | OH | Midlothian, Texas

  • Claimed her first career offensive player of the week award
  • Recorded 20 kills on a .298 clip in the 3-2 victory over Omaha
  • Notched her sixth match of 20 or more kills on the season

Also nominated: Katie Crowe (Purdue Fort Wayne), Bella Lien (North Dakota State), Sami Slaughter (South Dakota), Ashley Brueggeman (North Dakota), Lydia Bartalo (Denver) 

Sarah Thiessen, Oral Roberts
Sophomore | DS | Tulsa, Okla.

  • Earned her first career defensive player of the week accolade
  • Tallied 42 total digs and 4.67 average digs per set in two league matches
  • Notched her 16th match with double-digit digs this season

Also nominated: Katie Crowe (Purdue Fort Wayne), Maddie Wiedenfeld (South Dakota), Darian Chwialkowski (North Dakota), Tatum Pickar (South Dakota State), Tina Boe (Denver) 

Previous Players of the Week
September 3
Offense: Elizabeth Juhnke, South Dakota
Defense: Claire Mountjoy, Omaha 

September 10
Offense: Madison Jurgens, South Dakota
Defense: Maddie Wiedenfeld, South Dakota 

September 17
Offense: Sami Slaughter, South Dakota
Defense: Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota 

September 24
Offense: Katie Crowe, Purdue Fort Wayne
Defense: Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota 

October 1
Offensive: Sadie Limback, Omaha
Defensive: Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota

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