Media Options Television: FSN
Midwest (Greg Halbleib, Linda Dollar)
Video Webcast: ESPN3 (where available…but not in NE, IA, IL, IN, MO or KS)
Radio: KOZN 1620 AM (Omaha) with Brad
Burwell andGlen Sisk
Live Stats: http://www.gocreighton.com.
Reviewing Last Night Top-seeded Creighton
sealed its second MVC Tournament finals appearance in history with a 3-1 (25-21,
20-25, 25-19, 25-21) victory over fifth-seeded Illinois State. LeahMcNary had 18 kills and Melanie
Jereb added 15 putaways to lead the offense, while Katie Neisler topped the defense with a career-high 20 digs. Megan Bober was one kill away from
tying a league record with her 16th career triple-double, finishing
with 39 assists, 14 digs and nine kills. ISU was paced by 16 kills from Brooklyn Hlafka.
Series History vs. Wichita State
an opportunity to even the all-time series with the Shockers with a victory on
Saturday night.Wichita State presently
leads the series 21-20, but the Jays have taken four of the last five meetings,
including a 3-1 over the Shockers in the 2010 MVC Semifinals.Creighton and Wichita State have met two
previous times in the MVC Tournament with each team winning once. Kirsten
Bernthal Booth is 9-13 against Wichita State, including a 6-1 mark in
MVC Tournament meetings with Wichita
2003: Wichita State 3, Creighton 1 (quarterfinals in Springfield, Mo.)
2010: Creighton 3, Wichita State 1 (semifinals in Cedar Falls, Iowa)
This Year vs. Wichita State
defeated the Shockers 3-1 in Omaha, Neb. on Sept. 15 and rallied from an 0-2
deficit to slip past Wichita State 3-2 on Nov. 17 in Wichita, Kan.In the match on Nov. 17, Creighton not only
came back from 0-2, but also trailed 13-10 and 14-13 in the fifth set before
claiming it, 16-14.Sophomore Leah McNary leads Creighton with 32
kills in two matches against the Shockers.Creighton has outhit WSU, .213 to .164 , in the two meetings.
Creighton and Wichita State in the MVC
This is the
second time in three seasons that the Jays have appeared in the MVC Tournament
final.Creighton fell to Northern Iowa,
3-1 (18-25, 19-25, 25-20, 20-25) in 2010.The Shockers are 1-4 in their five previous MVC Finals.Wichita State fell in 1991, 2005, 2009 and
2011 and claimed the championship in 2004.
Take It To The Max Six of Creighton’s
last nine wins vs. Wichita State have been five-set victories, including last
Friday’s 3-2 thriller in Wichita. Creighton is 4-1 in five-set matches this
season, including a 4-0 record against Valley schools. Creighton has won six
matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth
in which it has saved at least one match point, including last Friday. Three of
those came against Wichita State, as CU also did it in 2003 and 2006 vs. the
Double & Triple Up Megan Bober tied a Creighton single-season record with her 21st
double-double of the season on Friday vs. Illinois State, as she finished with
39 assists and 14 digs. Had Bober recorded a kill in the fourth set (she had
none), Bober would have earned her seventh triple-double of the fall and 16th
of her career. The 16 career triple-doubles would have tied her with UNI great Bre Payton for the all-time MVC record
in that category.
Three-peat x 2?
earned its third win of the fall over Illinois State in yesterday’s 3-1 win vs.
the Redbirds, the first time Creighton accomplished the feat since besting
Drake three times during the 2010 season. Creighton has never defeated two
teams three times in one season.The
Jays will attempt to accomplish that against Wichita State on Saturday night.
With A Win… With a win on Saturday, Creighton Volleyball would have the following
would win its first MVC Tournament title in program history.
-Creighton would lock up its second NCAA Tournament bid in program history
-Creighton would improve to 28-3 on the season, extending its school-record for
would extend its school-record win streak to 16 in a row.
would improve to 6-0 on neutral floors this season.
would improve to 8-0 this November.
would improve to 8-13 all-time in the MVC Tournament, including a 1-1 mark in
Against NCAA Teams? Creighton is 9-1 this season against teams that made the 2011 NCAA
Tournament, a category that Wichita State falls into. Creighton is 2-0 against
Northern Iowa, Missouri State and Wichita State this fall, 1-0 against Ball
State, Northern Colorado and Tulsa, and 0-1 versus Kansas.
Win The First One Creighton is a perfect 22-0 this year when it wins the first set, improving
to 158-17 under Kirsten Bernthal Booth
in that scenario. On the other hand, CU is 27-101 when dropping the first set,
including a 5-3 mark this year. Every MVC Tournament match (all 14) since 2010
has been won by the team to win the first set.
Title Town? Creighton already is the reigning MVC Tournament champs for men’s soccer,
baseball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. A win on Saturday would give
it a fifth different sports trophy to add to the recent haul.
Unreal Success Creighton Volleyball has won 15 in a row, while it’s men’s soccer team has
won 11 in a row heading into Sunday’s Sweet 16 match at top-ranked Akron. In
addition, Creighton’s men’s basketball team is 5-0 after last night’s 10-point
win over Wisconsin, and Jim Flanery’s
women’s basketball team is 2-1 heading into Sunday’s match-up with
nationally-ranked Kansas. Since Sept. 28th, those four Creighton
teams are an absurd 33-1-1.
Get Them A Reality Show Already Creighton is no stranger to television this fall, as Saturday marks its
fourth appearance on the small screen. Creighton beat South Dakota and Illinois
State (both 3-1) and lost in five sets at Kansas.
Fun With Seeds
Creighton improved to 1-0 all-time as the No. 1 seed with yesterday’s 3-1 win
vs. Illinois State.
The top seed at the MVC Volleyball Tournament has won nine
straight matches and is 29-4 all-time, winning 13 of the first 17 tournaments.
The last time a No. 1 seed lost in an MVC Tourney came in 2008, when Wichita
State was upset in the semi’s by Missouri State.
The No. 1 seed is 13-2 all-time in the title match, while the
No. 3 seed is 0-7 all-time. In six previous head-to-head meetings, the No. 1
seed is 6-0 against the No. 3 seed.
The No. 1 seed hasn’t faced the No. 2 seed in an MVC
Tournament final since 2005, a streak that continued this year when Wichita
State upset Northern Iowa in the semi’s.
Dig This! Katie Neisler became the fourth
different Bluejay with 20 or more digs in a match this season, when she had a
career-high 20 digs last night vs. Illinois State. Kate Elman owns 20 or more digs 15 times this year, while Melanie Jereb, Brooke Boggs and now Neisler have done it once each. Incredibly,
this was the first time in 61 career matches that Neisler led the Jays in digs
for an entire match.
Make it 30 Straight For Kate
Freshman Kate Elman has recorded
double-figure digs in every match of her career thus far, 30 in all. Elman and
SIU’s Bailey Yeager are the only
players in the MVC with 10 or more digs in every match this fall. Janeen Piller owns Creighton’s
school-record with 43 straight matches of 10 or more digs from Oct. 10, 2003 –
Nov. 26, 2004.
On A Roll
The first freshman in Creighton history to earn first-team all-MVC accolades, Melanie Jereb is showing no signs of
hitting the proverbial freshman wall. Jereb owns 10 or more kills in each of CU’s
last seven matches, and has just one match all season with more than three
attack errors (4 vs. Tulsa). In two meetings with Wichita State this season,
Jereb owns 24 kills, one error and 90 swings while also producing 20 digs.
My Favorite Floor Leah McNary has played three matches on the Hammons Student Center floor in
her career, and excelled each time. McNary had 10 kills against MSU last year
before torching the Bears for a career-best 23 kills last Friday. Last night,
McNary had 18 kills to lead all players in a win vs. Illinois State.
Bober Seats Another Record Megan Bober is expected to tie yet
another school record on Saturday vs. Wichita State when she plays in her 126th
career match. Bober will tie the mark originally held by Jessica Houts (2005-09). Bober already owns the record for starts
(125), consecutive starts (125) and sets played (470).
15 In A Row!
Creighton’s 15-match win streak ranks tied for the seventh-longest active
streak. The only schools with longer active streaks are Western Kentucky,
Jackson State, LIU Brooklyn, Dayton, Hawaii and Texas, while Yale is also at 15
in a row. Prior to this current stretch, Creighton’s longest win streak in
program history had been eight wins in a row.
Starting Experience Returns
Creighton returns three women who played in the 2010 MVC Tournament final, a
3-1 loss at Northern Iowa. Megan Bober
had 41 assists and eight digs, Heather
Thorson had eight kills and four blocks, while Brooke Boggs had 14 digs.
Worth Watching Later Tonight
After volleyball concludes, Valley fans can turn their attention to ESPNU for a
10 pm Central men’s basketball game in Las Vegas that pits Creighton’s No.
12/14-ranked men’s basketball team taking on Arizona State. Last night
Creighton got 30 points from First Team All-American Doug McDermott to torch Wisconsin’s vaunted defense in an 84-74
win. The Creighton men’s basketball team is 5-0 this season, while Wichita
State is 6-0 in men’s hoops. Last year Creighton won the MVC Tournament title
after Wichita State won the league’s regular-season hoops title.
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