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College Sports

August 29, 2013

ORU opens 2013 volleyball season at TSU event

State briefs

TULSA — Oral Roberts University will open its 2013 volleyball season with a trip to Houston for three matches at the TSU Invitational.

ORU will face host Texas Southern in their season-opener on Friday. A day later, the Golden Eagles will face Prairie View A&M and Southern University to close the weekend.

Oral Roberts posted a 17-15 record in 2012, with an 11-7 record in Southland Conference play. The Golden Eagles return four starters and eight letter winners from last season’s team, while the roster includes six newcomers who could potentially make their debut for Sheera Sirola’s team this weekend.

Last season, the Golden Eagles became the first No. 6 seed in Southland Conference history to advance to the SLC Tournament Championship Match. ORU was beaten by No. 1 seed Central Arkansas.

Oklahoma to conduct women’s rowing team tryouts

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma plans to conduct tryouts of its women’s rowing team next month.

Tryouts will last six days, beginning on Sept. 4 and running through Sept. 10. Walk-ons will spend time learning how to row in a boat as well as on rowing machines.

The team will begin training for the fall season next month and race in October and November.

The fall races are usually about 3 miles long. Following the winter break in January, the team will begin training for the championship rowing season, which runs from March through May.

Last year, OU won its first Big 12 title. A Conference USA championship followed, earning the five-year-old program an automatic berth in the national championship regatta.

The Sooners finished 17th at the 2013 NCAA Rowing Championship.

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