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Michelle Sicner, Jess Bird, Katie Neisler
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Volleyball Heads West For Denver Invitational

Creighton Volleyball Notes
This Weekend - Denver Invitational
Sept. 13    11 am    Cal State Northridge vs. #24 Creighton    Denver, Colo. (Hamilton Gymnasium)
Sept. 13    8 pm    #24 Creighton at Denver    Denver, Colo. (Hamilton Gymnasium)
Sept. 14    1 pm    #11 UCLA vs. #24 Creighton    Denver, Colo. (Hamilton Gymnasium)

This Weekend
No. 24 Creighton Volleyball travels west to Denver, Colo., for three matches in the Denver Invitational.
    Creighton (5-1) opens tournament play with a match against unbeaten Cal State Northridge (6-0) on Friday at 11 am Central.
    Later that night at 8 pm Central, Creighton will take on tournament host Denver (5-2).
    CU closes out tournament play on Saturday at 1 pm Central with a match against No. 11 UCLA (5-1).
    The tournament will be held at Hamilton Gymnasium (2,500).

Radio Information
None of Creighton’s matches this weekend will be broadcast on radio.

Video Information
Friday night’s contest vs. Denver will be Creighton’s only match that is video webcast this weekend. The contest will be shared with JaysVideo subscribers for no additional charge. To sign up, visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the Live Video tab on the top menu bar.
    A 4-month subscription costs $34.95, while a monthly subscription costs $10.95 per month. Fans can also purchase a 24-hour pass ($4.99) or a 48-hour pass ($5.99) that begins the moment you sign up.

Live Stats Information
Each contest this weekend will have live stats.
    Visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the Live Stats tab on the top of the page for the exact link. Live stats are also available on your mobile phone by clicking on www.gocreightonstats.com.

Scouting #24 Creighton
Creighton is 5-1 on the year, including four wins over NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago (No. 13 BYU, Bowling Green, Northern Colorado, Kansas). The only team to defeat the Bluejays was the nation’s current No. 23 team, California.
    CU boasts a balanced attack, with five women averaging multiple kills per set. That group is led by outside hitters Leah McNary (3.15 kps.), Jess Bird (2.60 kps., 3.05 dps.) and Melanie Jereb (2.60 kps., 3.20 dps.). Setter Michelle Sicner (10.95 aps, 3.20 dps, 1.35 kps.) directs CU’s offense.
    The Bluejays returned four starters plus libero Kate Elman from last year’s team that finished 29-4 overall, won the Missouri Valley Conference with a 17-1 league record, and finished 24th in the year-end AVCA poll.
    Creighton was picked to win the BIG EAST Conference, while Kelli Browning, Jereb and McNary were named preseason all-league picks.
    Creighton averages 14.35 kills, 1.35 aces, 17.10 digs and 3.20 blocks per set while hitting .234 as a team.

Scouting Cal State Northridge
Cal State Northridge has beaten Santa Clara (3-0), Rice (3-2), Fresno State (3-2), Idaho (3-2), San Diego State (3-2) and Northern Arizona (3-1), all way from home, for a 6-0 start that is the program’s best since 1997.
    Junior Natalie Allen leads CSUN with 3.70 kills per set while also hitting .332 and providing 2.81 digs per set and 0.85 blocks per set. Allen was named Tournament MVP after helping the Matadors to titles at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament as well as the Bulldog Invitational.
    Sophomore Cieana Stinson leads the team with a .367 hitting percentage and is second with 2.67 kills per set. Other offensive weapons to monitor include senior Mahina Haina (2.63 kps) and junior Casey Hinger (2.48 kps., 1.07 bps., .326%).
    Senior Sydney Gedryn (10.58 aps., 1.96 dps.) sets the offense and is a two-time All-Big West selection, while junior Kelcie Randazzo (3.19 dps.) is the team’s libero.
    As a team, Cal State Northridge hits .302 and averages 14.22 kills, 1.33 aces, 12.96 digs and 2.30 blocks per set.

Scouting Denver
Denver is 5-2 on the season, including a 2-2 mark at home. The Pioneers own wins over Air Force (3-1), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-1), Chicago State (3-0), Marshall (3-0) and UIC (3-0), and lost to UC Irvine (3-2) and Colorado State (3-1).
    Senior RS Colleen King (3.31 kps., .320%) tops the team in kills per set, just ahead of freshman OH Moni Corrujedo (2.92 kps., 2.12 dps.). Two others to keep an eye on include sophomore MB Sarah Schmid (1.88 kps., 1.08 bps., .495%) and senior MB Brea Muhle (1.62 kps., .440%).
    Junior Bailey Karst averages 10.96 assists per set, while Kate Acker leads Denver with 3.52 digs per set and shares time as the team’s libero with Kelly Morton (1.79 dps.).
    Denver averages 12.96 kills, 1.42 aces, 13.88 digs and 2.15 blocks per set on .292 hitting.

Scouting #11 UCLA
Traditional power UCLA is 5-1 this season and ranked 11th nationally. The Bruins have swept Albany, North Texas and New Mexico State and beat Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara in four sets each. UCLA’s lone loss was a 3-0 sweep at the hands of No. 10 Hawai’i in front of 10,300 in Honolulu.
    Karsta Lowe (4.40 kps., .441%) tops the team in hitting and is one of three players nationally to hit .400 and average at least four kills per set. Also averaging multiple kills per set is Kelly Reeves (2.58 kps., 2.95 dps.).
    Megan Moenoa (5.94 aps.) and Monica Stauber (5.00 aps.) share setting duties.
    The Bruins average 13.70 kills, 1.05 aces, 13.35 digs and 2.30 blocks per set and hit .314 as a group.

The Coaches
Creighton is coached by Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Truman State, 1997), who owns a 192-120 record in her 11th season with the Bluejays. She became the program’s all-time winningest coach on Aug. 25, 2007 with a 3-0 win over Stephen F. Austin and joined the 100-win club with an Oct. 31, 2008 win at Drake.
    She was named the 2010 CVU.com National Coach of the Year after leading Creighton to the second round during its first NCAA Tournament appearance, and named the CaptainU College Coach of the Year in 2012 following another run to the second round of the NCAA’s.
    Last season, Booth helped Creighton move into the top-25 for the first time in program history while also leading the team to a program-record 29 wins and first-ever MVC regular-season and tournament titles. For her efforts, she was named 2012 MVC Coach of the Year.
     Booth came to Creighton after going 112-41 in three years at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A native of Lincoln, Neb., Booth played volleyball at Truman State, where she was named conference MVP, an Academic All-American and Missouri’s 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year. She ranked third in Division II history with 6,077 assists when she graduated.
    Booth is helped by assistant coaches Tom Mendoza and Angie Oxley Behrens and volunteer assistant Amanda (Gates) Sjuts.
    Cal State Northridge is coached by Jeff Stork, who is 150-178 in his 12th year with the Matadors, and 172-184 in 13 years overall at the collegiate level. Stork is assisted by Susie Terrusa and John Price.
    Denver is coached by Jesse Mahoney, who is 22-15 in his second year with the Pioneers. That also doubles as his career mark. Mahoney is assisted by Katelin Batten and Tom Hogan.
    UCLA is led by Michael Sealy, who is 80-24 in his fourth year with the Bruins. He guided the Bruins to the 2011 NCAA title, and is assisted by Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer, Stein Metzger and Kaitlin Nielsen.

Series History vs. Cal State Northridge
Creighton and Cal State Northridge have met just once before, a 15-7, 15-7, 15-9 Matador win on Sept. 5, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nev.
    Nancy Ma had 19 kills on .450 hitting to pace CSUN, while Creighton was led by Shelly Kapler’s 15 kills and .353 hitting.
    Kirsten Bernthal Booth has never faced CSUN or Jeff Stork.

Series History vs. Denver
Creighton won the only previous meeting with Denver, a 25-23, 25-10, 18-25, 25-15 victory last September 1 at the Bluejay Invitational in Omaha.
    Kelli Browning had a match-best 15 kills and hit .542 in Creighton’s win, while Megan Bober had 40 assists, nine digs, seven blocks and seven kills. Denver was led by 10 kills and four blocks on .429 hitting by Faimie Kingsley.
    Kirsten Bernthal Booth is 1-0 all-time against Denver and coach Jesse Mahoney.

Series History vs. UCLA
Creighton and Kirsten Bernthal Booth have never faced UCLA.

Last Match Summary
Creighton avenged a 2012 loss to Kansas with a 3-1 win (25-21, 15-25, 25-17, 29-27)  in Omaha on Tuesday night.
    Kelli Browning had 15 kills and fellow MB Lauren Smith added 10 kills and nine blocks to aid the Bluejay win. Kansas was led by 12 kills from Caroline Jarmoc, while freshman Tayler Soucie had a hand in 12 of KU’s 18 blocks.

Ranked 24th Nationally
Creighton is ranked 24th in the AVCA poll this week, collecting 180 points in the voting.
    Dating to last season, this is the seventh consecutive week Creighton’s been among the nation’s top-25.
    Creighton in the AVCA Poll, All-Time
Date    Votes Received    Rank
12/21/10    3    36th
08/27/12    2    T-38th
09/10/12    7    T-36th
09/17/12    34    32nd
09/24/12    14    33rd
10/08/12    2    T-37th
10/15/12    22    32nd
10/22/12    35    28th
10/29/12    31    27th
11/05/12    80    25th
11/12/12    156    23rd
11/19/12    242    21st
12/18/12    172    24th
08/12/13    133    25th
09/02/13    423    19th
09/09/13    180    24th

One Of The Best
Creighton’s been on quite a run since the start of last season to rank among the nation’s best clubs. Combine a 29-4 campaign in 2012 with this year’s 5-1 start and Creighton is 34-5.
    The 34-5 mark gives the Jays a .872 win percentage in that span, third-best nationally behind only Penn State and Hawai’i.
    Creighton’s 34 wins in the same span rank tied for fifth nationally.
Best Win Percentages, Since 2012 (thru 9/11/13)
Name    W    L    Pct.
Penn State    36    4    .900
Hawai’i    32    4    .889
Creighton    34    5    .872
Texas    33    5    .868
Southern California    36    6    .857
Central Arkansas    36    6    .857
Florida    32    6    .842
Florida State    32    6    .842
North Carolina    32    6    .842
Stanford    32    6    .842

Most Wins, Since 2012 (thru 9/11/13)
Name    W    L    Pct.
Western Kentucky    38    7    .844
Penn State    36    4    .900
Central Arkansas    36    6    .857
Southern California    36    6    .857
Creighton    34    5    .872
Col. of Charleston    34    8    .810
Minnesota    34    8    .810
Oregon    34    8    .810
Texas    33    5    .868
BYU    33    7    .825

Strong Schedule Ahead
Creighton has never been shy about putting together a challenging schedule under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. In fact, each of Creighton’s next 15 matches (from now until Nov. 1) are against teams currently .500 or better.

Put It In Neutral
Creighton has won eight straight matches against teams on neutral floors, including wins vs. No. 13 BYU in the 2013 season-opener, a win over Marquette in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and a victory over Wichita State in the 2012 MVC Tournament final.
    Creighton’s last loss on a neutral floor came Nov. 24, 2011, vs. Illinois State in the MVC Tournament.
    Creighton, which meets No. 11 UCLA on Saturday, has also won its last two matches on neutral floors against ranked foes (No. 13 BYU on Aug. 30 and also No. 16 Iowa State on Dec. 3, 2010).

Double-Stuff
Creighton MB Kelli Browning tied for the national lead with 204 blocks last season, and is picking up where she left off. The preseason BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year entered this week with 1.88 blocks per set, second-best nationally, amongst the NCAA stat leaders.
    Browning owns 272 career blocks, nine stuffs shy of a spot in Creighton’s career top-10. She has played in 60 career matches at CU, and could break the CU mark for fewest matches to 300 total blocks currently held by Jessica Houts (68).

Elman Joins The 700 Club
Kate Elman had 19 digs in Tuesday’s win over Kansas, giving her 701 in her career in just 40 career matches. The only player to reach 700 digs quicker in Creighton history was Nayka Benitez, who needed just 38 contests for 700 digs. Benitez also owns the mark for fewest matches to 800 digs at 43.

The Dirty Dozen
Creighton has never defeated any of the current members of the Pacific-12 Conference. The Bluejays are 0-1 against Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford and Washington State.

Freshmen Phenoms
Creighton boasts two freshmen who are averaging at least 2.20 kills per set, Jess Bird (2.60) and Lauren Smith (2.20).
    There have been just three previous seasons where multiple freshmen averaged 2.20 kills per set or more. It’s also happened in 1998 (Melissa Walsh & Erin Swanson), 2004 (Kelly Goc & Carolyn Decker) and 2005 (Amanda Cvejdlik & Jessica Houts).
    Those six women listed above combined for eight First-Team all-MVC honors and three additional Second-Team all-MVC accolades in their careers.

Speaking of Freshmen
Lauren Smith is averaging 2.20 kills and 1.00 blocks per set after six career matches. Only one player in CU history has finished her freshmen year surpassing both those marks, Jessica Houts.
    Houts averaged 2.84 kills and 1.27 blocks per set as a freshman in 2005. After six matches, Houts was averaging 1.91 kills and 1.09 blocks per set.
    Smith’s nine blocks vs. Kansas on Tuesday tied the Creighton record by a freshman in one match, previously done by Megan Bober on Sept. 4, 2009 vs. Lipscomb.

Higher & Higher
Michelle Sicner’s 51 assists on Tuesday vs. Kansas were a career-high for the junior, eight more than her previous best.
    Last year, while playing on the right-side, Sicner recorded 60 assists total. She missed last year’s meeting with Denver after spraining her ankle earlier in the day in a match vs. Kansas State.

Start Of Something Big?
Creighton is off to an impressive 5-1 start thus far. The 5-1 start ties the best in the program’s modern (since 1994) history after six matches, done three times previously. Creighton started 8-1 in 2004, 10-1 in 2006 and 10-1 in 2012.
 
All-Tourney Duo
Creighton had a pair of players named to the Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team, Leah McNary and Melanie Jereb.
    McNary and Jereb shared team-best honors with 26 kills last weekend. Jereb hit .221 and added three aces and 20 digs, while McNary was second on the team with eight blocks in nine sets played.

Multiple Choice
Through two weekend tournaments, Creighton has had five players earn All-Tournament Team honors once, but no one’s been chosen twice.
    Week one saw Michelle Sicner earn MVP honors and join Kelli Browning and Lauren Smith on the All-Tournament Team at the Hampton Inn Invitational, while Melanie Jereb and Leah McNary earned All-Tourney accolades at last weekend’s Bluejay Invitational.

Use The Fours
Creighton went 13-2 last season in four-set matches. According to numbers crunched by Rich Kern of RichKern.com fame, the 13 four-set wins led the country in 2012, one more than Georgia Southern.
    This year’s team is 2-0 in four-set matches, while Creighton’s other four contests were sweeps.
    Of this weekend’s opponents, Cal State Northridge is 1-0 in four-set matches (and 4-0 in five-setters), Denver is 2-1 in four-set contest, and UCLA is 2-0 in four-set competitions.

Have You Heard?
Freshman OH Jess Bird made an immediate impact in her first tournament. Bird had a match-high 14 kills and added 12 digs in Creighton’s 3-1 win over No. 13 BYU on August 30th.
    Bird’s 14 kills were the most ever for a player making their Creighton debut, one more than the 13 by JoDe Cieloha in 1994.
    Bird’s double-double made her the fourth player in CU history to debut with a double-double, but first with a kill-dig double-dip since Cieloha also did it in 1994. The last CU player with a double-double debut had been setter Korie Lebeda (39 assists, 10 digs) in 2005.
    Bird added 10 kills in her second career match, joining Cieloha as the second player in CU history with double-digit kills to start a career. Cieloha did it in eight straight matches to begin her career.
    Bird enters the Denver Invitational averaging 2.60 kills and 3.05 digs per set. By comparison, Melanie Jereb averaged 2.05 kills and 2.38 digs per set after her first six matches as a freshman last year when she would go on to be named first-team All-MVC.

No Ordinary Smith
Redshirt freshman MB Lauren Smith averaged 2.57 kills and 0.71 blocks per set while hitting a league-best .531 at the season-opening Hampton Inn Invitational. As a result, she became the second CU freshman in program history to earn All-Tournament Team honors in her first event as a collegian, joining JoDe Cieloha in 1994.
    Smith had nine kills in 14 errorless swings to hit .643 in her debut, a 3-1 win vs. No. 13 BYU. She added four blocks in the win over the highest-ranked team Creighton has ever beaten.
     The following morning, Smith once again had nine kills on .444 hitting while adding a block and two digs in a 3-0 sweep at Mid-American Conference favorite Bowling Green.
    Smith is the only CU player ever with nine or more kills on .350 or better hitting in each of the first two matches of her career.

Some Fab Freshmen
Including Jess Bird on Aug. 30 vs. BYU, Creighton has started six true freshmen in a season opener in the last four years, and 12 such players since 2000.
    Since 2000, the only true freshmen to start CU’s season-opener have been Brittany Coleman (2003), Carolyn Decker (2004), Korie Lebeda (2005), Allie Oelke (2007), Brooke Boggs (2009), Heather Thorson (2009), Julianne Mandolfo (2010), Katie Neisler (2011), Michelle Sicner (2011), Melanie Jereb  (2012), Ashley Jansen (2012) and Bird (2013).
    Seven of those 11 women (Coleman, Decker, Lebeda, Oelke, Mandolfo, Sicner and Jereb) went on to land a spot on the MVC’s All-Freshman Team.

Regular-Season Tournament History
Creighton is 72-71 in the 48 regular-season tournaments it has participated in all-time, including a 12-2 mark since the start of last season. Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s teams are 52-38 in 32 regular-season tournaments, including eight titles.
    Creighton won two regular-season tournaments last season, taking the season-opening USF Invitational as well as the Northern Colorado Classic, before claiming this year’s Hampton Inn Invitational.
    Creighton had won just two of 16 regular-season tournaments prior to Booth’s arrival.

Home Streak Ends
Creighton Volleyball had its school-record home win streak of 13 straight home wins snapped in last Saturday night’s loss to California.
    CU is 15-2 at home the past two seasons, with both setbacks coming during the Bluejay Invitational. Creighton is also now 32-4 in its last 36 home matches against unranked competition.
    All four of Creighton’s streaks of six straight home wins or longer have been snapped in the Bluejay Invitational.
Creighton’s Longest Home Win Streaks
Wins    Dates    Snapped By
    13    Sept. 1, 2012 - Sept. 7, 2013    California, 3-0
    8    Sept. 25-Nov. 20, 2010    Northern Illinois, 3-0
    7    Oct. 17, 2008-Aug. 28, 2009    #10 Illinois, 3-0
    6    Oct. 22, 2005-Sept. 2, 2006    Iowa, 3-2

As A Ranked Team
Creighton enters Friday ranked No. 24 nationally. All-time, Creighton is 12-2 when playing as a ranked team in the AVCA poll, including a 1-1 mark as a ranked team while facing a ranked foe.
Creighton As A Ranked Team All-Time
Date    CU Rank    Opponent    Result
11/09/12    25    Indiana State    W 3-0
11/10/12    25    Illinois State    W 3-1
11/16/12    23    at Wichita State    W 3-2
11/17/12    23    at Missouri State    W 3-2
11/23/12    21    vs. Illinois State    W 3-1
11/24/12    21    vs. Wichita State    W 3-0
11/30/12    21    vs. Marquette    W 3-0
12/01/12    21    at #11 Minnesota    L 1-3
08/30/13    25    vs. #13 BYU    W 3-1
08/31/13    25    at Bowling Green    W 3-0
09/06/13    19    Northern Colorado    W 3-0
09/07/13    19    South Florida    W 3-0
09/07/13    19    California    L 0-3
09/10/13    24    Kansas    W 3-1

The Votes Add Up
Creighton had six matches scheduled against teams that received votes in the preseason AVCA Top 25 poll, including five teams in the top-25.
    Creighton plays matches against teams that were preseason ranked No. 11 (Hawai’i), No. 12 (UCLA), No. 13 (BYU), No. 20 (Kansas) and No. 24 (Wichita State).
    Creighton also hosted Cal, which received enough points to finish 37th in the voting.
    Even after two difficult weeks, three of Creighton’s next seven contests come against teams receiving votes in the Sept. 9th AVCA Top 25 poll (Cal State Northridge, UCLA, Hawai’i).
    Among teams in the preseason top-25, Creighton’s five non-conference matches vs. top-25 foes was tied for the national lead with Texas, Hawai’i, Florida State and Western Kentucky.

Jays vs. Ranked Teams
Creighton’s win over No. 13 BYU on Aug. 30 marked the team’s third win over a ranked foe in the last five seasons. The Jays defeated No. 25 Wichita State in 2009 and No. 16 Iowa State in 2010. The victory over BYU was the highest-ranked team that Creighton has ever beaten.
    Creighton is 3-48 all-time against ranked schools (3-32 under Kirsten Bernthal Booth). That includes an 0-26 road record, 1-17 at home and 2-5 at neutral sites.
Creighton vs. Ranked Teams All-Time
Date    Opponent    Result
09/01/98    at #5 Nebraska    L 0-3
09/04/98    vs. #19 Texas A&M (@Pacific)    L 0-3
09/05/98    at #11 Pacific    L 0-3
09/14/99    at #24 Kansas State    L 0-3
10/16/99    #19 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
09/08/00    at #6 Hawai’i    L 0-3
10/03/00    at #1 Nebraska    L 0-3
09/08/01    at #24 Santa Clara    L 1-3
09/09/01    vs. #13 UC Santa Barbara (at Santa Clara)    L 0-3
09/25/01    at #1 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/13/01    #16 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
11/09/01    at #18 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
09/06/02    vs. #13 Pacific (at Columbia, S.C.)    L 0-3
09/21/02    at #7 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
09/29/02    at #5 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/18/02    #10 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
10/04/03    at #10 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
11/01/03    #12 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
10/10/04    vs. #5 Nebraska (North Platte, Neb.)    L 0-3
09/06/05    at #24 Kansas State    L 0-3
09/10/05    vs. #3 Stanford (Boulder, Colo.)    L 0-3
10/11/05    at #1 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/29/05    at #25 Wichita State    L 1-3
09/24/06    #1 Nebraska    L 1-3
08/31/07    at #1 Nebraska    L 0-3
09/02/07    #18 Cal Poly    L 0-3
09/15/07    at #13 Minnesota    L 1-3
11/10/07    at #24 Wichita State    L 0-3
08/29/08    #16 Minnesota    L 0-3
08/30/08    #21 LSU    L 2-3
09/27/08    #14 Wichita State    L 1-3
10/05/08    #2 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/24/08    at #12 Wichita State    L 0-3
08/29/09    #10 Illinois    L 0-3
09/01/09    at #6 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/02/09    #25 Wichita State    W 3-1
11/10/09    #20 Saint Louis    L 0-3
11/20/09    at #21 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
11/27/09    #20 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
09/01/10    #7 Nebraska    L 0-3
09/24/10    #16 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
10/23/10    at #14 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
11/27/10    at #11 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
12/03/10    vs. #16 Iowa State (Minneapolis)    W 3-2
12/04/10    at #12 Minnesota    L 0-3
09/08/11    at #11 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/15/11    #12 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
11/11/11    at #12 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
09/01/12    #21 Kansas State    L 0-3
12/01/12    at #11 Minnesota    L 1-3
08/30/13    vs. #13 BYU (Bowling Green, Ohio)    W 3-1

Taking The Fifth
Creighton is 33-17 in five-set matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth, including a 4-1 mark last year and an 11-4 home record in five-setters. That’s impressive since Creighton had never finished a season with a winning record in fifth sets prior to Booth’s arrival.
    Below is a list of Creighton’s record in five-set matches on a yearly basis:
Year    Set 5 W-L    Total W-L
1994    0-2    5-20
1995    0-2    11-19
1996    2-6    9-19
1997    3-5    15-13
1998    2-3    7-18
1999    3-3    13-15
2000    3-3    16-12
2001    1-1    14-13
2002    1-3    3-23
2003    5-1    12-18
2004    4-0    18-11
2005    3-1    16-14
2006    4-2    21-10
2007    2-0    21-10
2008    2-3    18-9
2009    1-4    14-17
2010    3-3    21-12
2011    5-2    17-14
2012    4-1    29-4
2013    0-0    5-1
Total    48-45    285-272

2-0 Better Than 0-2
Creighton is 183-8 (.958) all-time when leading a match 2-0, including a 125-2 mark under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. They own an 86-4 all-time mark in home matches they lead 2-0 in.
    Conversely, the Jays are 7-172 (.039) all-time when trailing a match 0-2, including an 0-59 mark in those home matches. Those seven comebacks from down 0-2 are listed below:
Date    Opponent    Sets 3-5 scores    Coach
09/19/97    at Bradley    15-11, 15-13, 15-8    Wallace
10/01/99    at Drake    15-6, 17-15, 15-11    Wallace
09/03/04    vs. Montana    30-20, 30-21, 15-11    Booth
10/15/04    at Bradley    30-22, 30-23, 15-11    Booth
10/15/05    at So. Illinois    30-25, 30-24, 15-8    Booth
09/21/07    at No. Iowa    31-29, 30-26, 15-12    Booth
11/16/12    at Wichita St.    25-16, 25-20, 16-14    Booth

Survival of the Fittest
Creighton has won six matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth after surviving an opponent’s match point. Three of those wins have come against Wichita State.
    On the other hand, Creighton is 192-1 under Booth when it reaches a match point opportunity, falling only when it wasted two match points on Sept. 4, 2010 to Iowa in an eventual 20-18 fifth set loss.
Surviving Match Points, Under Booth
Date    Opponent    MP(s) Faced    Final Set 5
08/30/03    vs. McNeese State    13-14, 15-16    18-16
10/10/03    Wichita State    13-14    16-14
10/13/06    at Wichita State    12-14, 13-14, 14-15    17-15
09/11/07    at Drake    13-14, 14-15    17-15
08/26/11    vs. UTSA    12-14, 13-14    16-14
11/16/12    at Wichita State    13-14    16-14

Booth Picks Up Win 300
Kirsten Bernthal Booth enters this weekend with 304 career college wins. She picked up victory No. 300 on Aug. 30 vs. No. 13 BYU.
    Booth claimed 112 wins at Kirkwood (Iowa) Junior College and has won 192 matches since arriving at Creighton in 2003.
    Booth’s 192 wins at Creighton are 124 more than the previous recordholder in CU’s modern (since 1994 reinstatement) era held by Howard Wallace.

Marian Pipeline
This is the 11th straight season that Creighton Volleyball had at least one product of Omaha Marian High School on the roster, as sophomores Kate Elman and Ashley Jansen are in the program.
    Interestingly, the Jays had never had a volleyball player from Marian between 1994-2002. Here’s a look at Creighton’s pipeline of players from Marian.
2013: Kate Elman, Ashley Jansen
2012: Kate Elman, Ashley Jansen
2011: Julianne Mandolfo
2010: Lisa Greisch, Julianne Mandolfo
2009: Lisa Greisch
2008: Emily Crowley, Korie Lebeda
2007: Korie Lebeda, Katie Mehal
2006: Korie Lebeda, Katie Mehal, Emily Greisch
2005: Korie Lebeda, Katie Mehal
2004: Katie Mehal, Emily Greisch
2003: Emily Greisch

Production Returning
Creighton returns 9-of-14 letterwinners from last season. Below is a breakdown of the production that returns:
Stat    Returners    Departures
Points    1705.5 (77.8%)    487.5 (22.2%)
Kills    1164 (70.1%)    496 (29.9%)
Digs    1468 (68.3%)    680 (31.7%)
Aces    104 (67.5%)    50 (32.5%)
Matches Started    126 (63.6%)    72 (36.4%)
Blocks    237.5 (62.7%)    141.5 (37.3%)
Assists    256 (16.9%)    1260 (83.1%)

Just Do It, Again
Eleven of Creighton’s 29 wins last year came against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams in Ball State, Tulsa, Marquette, Northern Colorado, Missouri State, (twice), Northern Iowa (twice) and Wichita State (three times).
    This year’s five wins include four triumphs over squads that were in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Year    W-L vs. Previous Season NCAA Teams
1994    0-4
1995    0-2
1996    0-2
1997    0-3
1998    0-5
1999    2-4
2000    0-4
2001    1-6
2002    0-5
2003    0-3
2004    2-2
2005    0-6
2006    4-6
2007    4-9
2008    6-8
2009    1-11
2010    4-7
2011    2-6
2012    11-2
2013    4-1
TOTAL    41-96
TOTAL Under Booth    38-61

BIG EAST Preseason Poll
Creighton has been picked to win the BIG EAST Conference in a preseason poll of league coaches.
    CU received 63 points in the poll and seven of a possible eight first-place votes. Marquette received the remained votes for first place and was second with 57 points, while Xavier was third with 50 points.
    Creighton also led the way with three of the 12 members on the BIG EAST’s preseason all-conference team, a trio that included Kelli Browning, Melanie Jereb and Leah McNary.
    Browning was named Co-Preseason Player of the Year, an honor she shared with Marquette setter Elizabeth Koberstein.
    This is the first time that Creighton Volleyball has ever been picked to win its league, and the school’s first team picked to win the BIG EAST in any sport.

Radio Broadcast Information
Brad Burwell and former Bluejay volleyball player Erin (Swanson) Russell will broadcast at least nine home matches this season.
    The matches will air on KZOT (1180 AM) and KOIL (1290 AM) and be webcast online at www.gocreighton.com as well. The pre-match show typically starts approximately 5-15 minutes before first serve. The post-match show also lasts about 15 minutes and includes post-match interviews.  
    A complete list of remaining matches follows:
2013 Volleyball Remaining Broadcast Schedule
Oct. 11    DePaul (KOIL 1290 AM)
Oct. 13    Marquette (KZOT 1180 AM)
Oct. 18    Xavier (KOIL 1290 AM)
Oct. 20    Butler (KZOT 1180 AM)
Nov. 3    Seton Hall (KZOT 1180 AM)
Nov. 22    Georgetown (KOIL 1290 AM)

Set 1 Result = Match Result
Creighton is 163-18 overall under Kirsten Bernthal Booth when it wins set one. In that same time span, CU is just 27-102 under Booth when it drops the first set.
    Creighton went 24-1 last season when winning the opening set of a match. The season-ending loss to Minnesota was the first time all season that it lost after leading a match after any completed set.

Last Year Summary
Last year’s team finished 29-4 while compiling one of the best seasons from any women’s team in Creighton history. The Bluejays closed their 19-year run in the MVC by winning the program’s first Valley regular-season and Tournament titles.
    CU won early-season tournaments at USF and Northern Colorado before clinching the outright league crown with a memorable 3-2 comeback win at rival Wichita State. The Jays would sweep the Shockers eight days later for the Valley Tourney title, and sweep Marquette to open NCAA Tournament play before falling at Minnesota.
    Megan Bober was named MVC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, while Kelli Browning was tabbed MVC Defensive Player of the Year. Both women were named Honorable Mention All-Americans and were joined on the All-MVC First Team by Melanie Jereb.
    Kirsten Bernthal Booth was named MVC Coach of the Year and CaptainU National Coach of the Year. Creighton spent four weeks in the AVCA Top 25 for the first time, reaching as high as No. 21 before finishing No. 24.

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