OMAHA, Neb. -- The No. 25 Creighton volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep of
Indiana State (25-15, 25-11 and 25-14) on Friday, Nov. 9.
The win lifted the Jays to 23-3 on the season and 14-1 in the Missouri
Valley Conference (MVC). Indiana State, meanwhile, fell to 3-22 overall
and 1-14 in MVC play.
The Jays took control of the first set right away with a 5-0 run behind the
serving of sophomore Katie Neisler to force an Indiana State timeout.
Freshman Melanie Jereb opened the run for Creighton with two consecutive kills,
then back-to-back Sycamore errors pushed it to 4-0. The Jays' run was
capped by a kill from senior Heather Thorson. The separation stayed
at four points to 12-8, when Creighton used another four point burst with
Neisler at the service line. Once again Thorson and Jereb delivered kills
and Indiana State committed two errors, pushing Creighton's lead to 16-8.
The Jays went on for the 25-15 victory in the opening set, holding Indiana State
to a .000 hitting percentage.
The Jays repeated the winning formula in set number two as Creighton opening
with an 8-0 run. Thorson pounded down a kill from the outside to open the
set, sending freshman Kate Elman to the service line. Elman responded
with seven consecutive tough serves, including an ace that drew an Indiana
State timeout at 7-0. Creighton went on to push its lead to 12-2, then
cruised to the 25-11 win. Offensively the Jays posted a match high .433
hitting percentage in the second set with 13 kills and no errors on 30
swings. Indiana State, meanwhile, hit -.057 committing nine errors and
just seven kills on 35 attempts.
Set three followed the trend set in the opening sets as the Jays bounced out
to a 4-0 lead behind Neisler at the service line. Creighton went on to
earn a 6-1 run on two kills from Thorson, one each from Jereb and sophomore
Michelle Sicner and by forcing Indiana State into two attack errors.
Leading 13-10 midway through the set, Creighton put the match away with another
6-1 run. Sophomore Kelli Browning provided the driving force this time
with two of her 10 kills in the match.
Jereb finished with a match-high 11 kills, while Browning had 10
kills. Senior Megan Bober finished with a double-double, delivering 27
assists and 11 digs.
Indiana State's Cassandra Willis led the Sycamores with eight kills, while
Loni Makinson had 12 assists and 13 digs.
The victory Saturday night set a school-record for home wins in a season
(11), and also extended Creighton's current records for consecutive
victories (11); consecutive home wins (10) and victories in a season (23).
Creighton returns to the court on Saturday, Nov. 10 as the Bluejays host
Illinois State at 7 p.m. in senior night for Bober, Brooke Boggs, Natalie
Hackbarth, Brittany Moon and Thorson.
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