NORMAN, Okla. - The Missouri State volleyball team dropped the first set to Oral Roberts Friday but rebounded to win the next three for a 22-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 victory in the season opener for both squads at the Nike Oklahoma Invitational.
The Bears took advantage of some early Oral Roberts miscues to take a 10-3 lead in the first set before the Golden Eagles managed their first kill. MSU built the lead to eight before Oral Roberts ran off four points to make the score 12-8, and ORU continued to chip away at the Bears' lead to forge a tie at 20-20. Missouri State scored the next point on a Carly Thomas kill but ORU ended the set on a 5-1 run, recovering from a slow start to hit .235 while MSU fell to .162. Amber Doolittle had three kills on four swings to quickly match her career high on the way to 11 kills on .474 hitting in the contest.