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Recap of 2013 Volleyball Season

2013 Year-End Creighton Volleyball Recap
    Creighton’s 2013 Volleyball season will be remembered for the school’s move to the BIG EAST Conference, leading the nation in blocks, and a return to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
    The Bluejays entered the fall with its loftiest expectations in program history. The Bluejays were ranked (25th) in the preseason AVCA poll for the first time, and also picked to win their conference for the first time when it was tabbed the favorite by BIG EAST coaches.
    The season started impressively, as the Jays traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio, for the Hampton Inn Invitational. Creighton defeated No. 13 BYU in the opener, the highest-ranked team the program has ever beaten. One day later, CU swept preseason Mid-American Conference favorite Bowling Green.
    The Bluejays returned home and swept Northern Colorado and South Florida in the Bluejay Invitational, only to suffer its first home loss in over a year to Cal, snapping a 13-match home win streak in the process.
    CU quickly regrouped with a midweek win over Kansas, the first victory over the Jayhawks in program history, to move to 6-1.
    Creighton then traveled to Denver, Colo., for the Denver Invitational. The Bluejays swept previously unbeaten Cal State Northridge before a five-set win over the host Pioneers. Playing in a tournament title match for the third straight weekend, the Jays fell in four sets to No. 11 UCLA.
    CU wrapped up non-conference play with three matches at the Shocker Volleyball Classic, hosted by old Valley rival Wichita State. CU turned heads nationally by extending No. 7 Hawai’i to a fifth set before falling to the national powerhouse. The team would respond with a sweep of South Dakota before earning a 3-2 triumph over Wichita State to close out pre-conference play with a 9-3 record against one of the nation’s most challenging schedules.
    After a rare week off due to the league’s unbalanced schedule, Creighton’s debut in the BIG EAST started with a thud, falling in four sets to a Butler club picked sixth in the league (but would finish 24-9). The Bluejays would shake off that setback with five consecutive victories, including a 3-0 sweep over Marquette on October 13th. It would turn out to be the only league loss by Marquette all season.
    A return trip to Marquette just 12 days later snapped the win streak, with the Golden Eagles sweeping CU.
    The Bluejays took a 15-5 mark into November, but were stunned on the first of the month  when it lost a 3-2 home match to the sixth-place Red Storm. Creighton answered with four straight wins before another surprising loss in its final league road test at Seton Hall, only to close out the regular-season with 3-0 sweeps over both Georgetown and Villanova.
    Playing as the second seed, Creighton hosted the four-team BIG EAST Tournament on Thanksgiving weekend in Omaha. Creighton defeated Xavier for the third time to reach the final, only to fall in four sets to Marquette while attempting to win the school’s first BIG EAST title in any sport.
    Creighton earned its third NCAA Tournament bid in four years, narrowly missing out on a bid to host, and was sent to Lawrence, Kan., for a balanced four-team field that featured the host Jayhawks, Wichita State and Arkansas. Creighton led its first round match against Arkansas, 2-1, but fell behind 23-19 in the fourth frame. However, a match-ending 7-1 run propelled CU to a 26-24 win and into the second round of the NCAA’s once again.
    One day later Creighton and Kansas would meet, with each team seeking its first Sweet 16 appearance. The teams split the first two sets and were tied at 22-all in the third set before KU scored the last three points. The Jayhawks also won the fourth set, and the match, to end CU’s season at 23-9.
    Kelli Browning was named First Team All-BIG EAST and AVCA Honorable-Mention All-American after a stellar season that saw her finish eighth nationally with 1.53 blocks per set.
    Fellow junior Leah McNary led CU in kills and was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection, while classmate Michelle Sicner was Second Team All-BIG EAST and also Honorable-Mention All-American by the AVCA after handling CU’s setting duties most of the season. Sicner had gained national acclaim during the year when she was named AVCA National Player of the Week on October 15 after posting consecutive triple-doubles in wins over DePaul and Marquette.
    Creighton’s success was made all the more encouraging by the fact that the Bluejays started two freshmen (Jess Bird and Lauren Smith), and only lose Savannah Smith (0.32 kps., 0.38 bps.) to graduation.

Radio Broadcast Information
Creighton had 13 matches broadcast on radio this season that aired on KOIL (1180 AM), and KKAR (1290 AM). The audio was also streamed free of charge on those station’s websites.
    Brad Burwell handled play-by-play, while the analysis role was handled at various times by Erin Swanson, Rachel Houseman and Glen Sisk.

Video Webcast Information
All of Creighton’s home matches, as well as several road contests, were video webcast in 2013. Cost for a subscription was $10.95 for one month or $34.95 for a four-month package.

Live Stats Information
All Creighton matches had free live stats in 2013 at Live stats from Creighton’s home matches were also available on mobile devices by clicking on

Television Information
Creighton did not appear on television in 2013, though both NCAA Tournament matches appeared on-line for free on ESPN3.

The Coaches
Creighton was coached by Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Truman State, 1997), who owns a 210-128 record after 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, joined the 100-win club with an Oct. 31, 2008 win at Drake and the 200-win club with a Oct. 18 win vs. Xavier.
    She was named the 2010 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 was helped by assistant coaches Tom Mendoza and Angie Oxley Behrens and volunteer assistant Amanda (Gates) Sjuts.

NCAA Tournament History
Creighton made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in history this fall. The Bluejays went 1-1 in Minneapolis in both 2010 and 2012, before going 1-1 in 2013 in Lawrence, Kan.
    In 2010, Creighton topped No. 16 Iowa State (27-25, 16-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-11) in the first round before falling to No. 12 Minnesota (25-19, 30-28, 25-20) in the second round the following evening.
    In 2012, Creighton swept Marquette (25-22, 25-23, 28-26) before falling to No. 11 Minnesota (25-20, 17-25, 25-23, 25-17) in the second round the following evening.
    In 2013, Creighton defeated Arkansas (22-25, 25-14, 25-22, 26-24) before falling at No. 23 ranked and No. 14 national seed Kansas (25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21) in the second round.
    All told, Creighton is 3-3 in program history in NCAA play, with each match coming under Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s direction.

Second Round
Creighton is one of 19 teams to win a first round match each of the past two years.
    That list, alphabetically, includes BYU, Creighton, Florida, Florida State, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Washington.

One of Eight
Only eight programs in history have won at least one match in every NCAA Tournament appearance it has ever made, a group that includes Auburn, Creighton, Florida, Stanford, St. John’s, Texas, TCU and Virginia Tech.
    Of those eight schools, only half (Creighton, Florida, Stanford, Texas) were in the 2013 Tournament.
At Least 1 NCAA Tourney Win, Every Trip
    App.    School    This Year?
    33    Stanford    Beat Hampton
    30    Texas    Beat Texas State
    24    Florida    Beat Jacksonville
    3    Creighton    Beat Arkansas
    2    St. John’s    DNQ
     1    Auburn    DNQ
    1    TCU    DNQ
    1    Virginia Tech    DNQ

Strong League
Only two leagues sent multiple teams to the NCAA Tournament and finished unbeaten in the opening round, the BIG EAST and the West Coast Conference.
    Creighton (beat Arkansas) and Marquette (beat Louisville) helped the BIG EAST to a 2-0 mark, while BYU (beat Arizona State) and San Diego (beat UCSB) helped the WCC go unbeaten.

vs. NCAA Tournament Opponents
Creighton played 11 matches against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament, going 6-5 against those teams.
Opponent    CU Result
Arkansas    W 3-1
California    L 0-3    
Marquette    W 3-0    
    L 0-3    
    L 1-3    
Cal State Northridge    W 3-0    
BYU    W 3-1    
Hawai’i    L 2-3    
Kansas    W 3-1    
    L 1-3    
Wichita State    W 3-2    

Facts About The Lawrence Bracket
It’s not just a cliche to say that anyone could have come out of the four-team bracket of evenly-matched teams in Lawrence.
    The quartet of Arkansas, Creighton, Kansas and Wichita State was nation’s only four-team sub-regional that contained four teams with an RPI of 36 or better.
    The Lawrence sub-regional was also the nation’s only quartet of teams without a team in the top-20 of the AVCA poll entering the postseason.

Honor Roll
Creighton had four women honored with postseason awards by the BIG EAST or AVCA.
    Kelli Browning was named First Team All-BIG EAST, a First Team All-East Region choice by the AVCA and an Honorable-Mention All-America pick by the AVCA.
    Leah McNary was named First Team All-BIG EAST and honorable-mention AVCA All-East Region.
    Michelle Sicner was a Second Team All-BIG EAST choice but an AVCA All-East Region First Team choice and recognized as an AVCA All-America honorable-mention player.
    Lauren Smith was also an honorable-mention pick on the AVCA’s All-East Region team.

Set 1 Result = Match Result
Creighton is 176-20 overall under Kirsten Bernthal Booth when it wins set one. In that same time span, CU is just 34-108 under Booth when it drops the first set.
    Creighton has also won 34 home straight contests when winning 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.
    This year’s team was 23-2 when leading in sets played at any point of a match.

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 3-52 all-time against ranked schools (3-36 under Kirsten Bernthal Booth), and 0-18 vs. top-10 clubs. That includes an 0-27 road record, 1-18 at home and 2-7 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
09/14/13    vs. #11 UCLA (Denver, Colo.)    L 1-3
09/20/13    vs. #7 Hawai’i (Wichita, Kan.)    L 2-3
11/30/13    #24 Marquette    L 1-3
12/07/13    at #23 Kansas    L 1-3

Records Fall
Creighton set a couple records in 2013.
    The team’s 13-match home win streak was snapped by California on September 7th.
    The team tied a program record for blocks in a five-set match with eight at Denver on Sept. 13th.
    On the career chart, Kelli Browning took over school records for attack percentage (.333) and blocks per set (1.43).

What Can Browning Do For You
Kelli Browning continued her career-long trend of stepping up in the postseason, posting 15 kills and 11 blocks on .522 hitting vs. Arkansas on Dec. 6.
    Last season Browning hit .528 in two NCAA Tourney matches, collecting 21 kills and nine blocks in seven sets.
    For her career, Browning now averages 3.00 kills and 1.80 blocks per set on .439 hitting in NCAA action.

Dig This!
Kate Elman owned double-digit digs in each of her last 23 matches of 2013, a streak that started on Sept. 20th. That’s tied for the fourth-longest streak in program history.
    With 24 digs vs. Xavier in the BIG EAST Tournament, Elman became the first player in Creighton history with multiple double-digit dig streaks of 20 or longer in her career.
    The school record streak is 43, set by Janeen Piller nearly a decade ago.
Consecutive Matches, 10 or More Digs
    43    Janeen Piller, Oct. 10, 2003-Nov. 26, 2004
    32    Kate Elman, Aug. 24 - Nov. 30, 2012
    27    Bianca Rivera, Aug. 24-Nov. 9, 2007
    23    Julianne Mandolfo, Sept. 9-Nov. 24, 2011
    23    Kate Elman, Sept. 20, 2013 - Present
    19    Bianca Rivera, Sept. 20-Nov. 28, 2008

Browning For The Block
Kelli Browning owned 185 blocks this season, second-most in Creighton history. Last year she set a CU record with 204 rejections, which tied for the national lead.
Total Blocks, Season
        Name    Sets    BS    BA    Tot.    Year
    1.    Kelli Browning    124    15    189    204    2012
    2.    Kelli Browning    121    19    166    185    2013
    3.    Ashley Williams    115    27    143    170    2003
    4.    Jessica Houts    115    12    154    166    2009
    5.    Jessica Houts    116    23    123    146    2006

NCAA Experience
Creighton had one woman on the 2013 team who was a part of the 2010 NCAA Tournament team, and 10 women that were a part of the 2012 NCAA club.
    Savannah Smith was on the 2010 NCAA team but did not play.
    Players on last year’s NCAA Tournament team that are still with the Jays include Ashley Jansen, Melanie Jereb, Katie Neisler, Kelli Browning, Savannah Smith, Michelle Sicner, Kate Elman, Leah McNary and Lizzy Stivers. In addition, Lauren Smith was on the team but redshirted and did not play in the NCAA’s.
    In addition, Creighton’s entire coaching staff (Kirsten Bernthal Booth, Angie Oxley Behrens, Tom Mendoza and Amanda Sjuts) all return as well from both of Creighton’s previous NCAA trips, as well.

Put It In Neutral
Creighton has won 11 of its last 13 matches against teams on neutral floors, including wins vs. No. 13 BYU in the 2013 season-opener, a victory over Wichita State in the 2012 MVC Tournament final, and  wins over Marquette in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and Arkansas in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

You Dig?
In Creighton’s first 28 matches of the season, only Kate Elman (five times) had reached 20 digs in a match.
    On Nov. 29th vs. Xavier, Creighton had three different players with at least 20 digs, as Elman (24), Jess Bird (22) and Michelle Sicner (21) reached that milestone.
    Bird’s 22 digs were four more than her previous best, while Sicner’s 21 were a career high, as well.
    Sicner, who added 44 assists, became the first Bluejay player with at least 20 digs and 20 assists in the same match since Sicner herself did it on Sept. 30, 2011. Prior to that, the last player to do it had been Korie Lebeda in 2006.
    Sicner is just the fourth player in Creighton history with multiple matches of 20+ digs and 20+ assists in a match, joining Melissa Weisensee, Kailey Reyes and Brittany Coleman.
    Creighton’s 96 digs on vs. Xavier were a season-high, and were tied for the most in history for any match at D.J. Sokol Arena.

Home Success
Creighton  is 22-4 at home the past two seasons, with two of those setbacks coming during the Bluejay Invitational, and another loss coming in the BIG EAST Tournament. Creighton is also now 40-5 in its last 45 home matches against unranked competition.
    All-time, Creighton is 51-18 (.739) at D.J. Sokol Arena.
    Against conference foes, Creighton is 18-2 the past two years at D.J. Sokol Arena, and 40-7 all-time against conference foes (including the 2009 MVC Tournament and 2013 BIG EAST Tournaments).

A Bunch Of Winners
Creighton has experienced a great deal of success in recent seasons, and the current squad has enjoyed victories at historic levels.
    Creighton’s 52 victories in the past two seasons are six more than other two-year span in program history, previously done from 2011-12.
    Creighton’s 69 victories in the past three seasons are the most in any three-year span in program history, two more than the 2010-12 total of 67.
    Creighton’s 90 victories in the past four seasons are nine more than other four-year span in program history, which was done from 2009-12.

Triple-Double Trouble
Michelle Sicner had near-identical numbers while posting a pair of triple-doubles in home wins over Marquette and DePaul earlier this season.
    Sicner had 39 assists, 12 digs and 12 kills on Oct. 11 in four sets vs. DePaul, then followed that up with 33 assists, 15 digs and 12 kills on Oct. 13 in a 3-0 sweep of Marquette. In both matches, Sicner had identical hitting lines of 12 kills and one error in 19 swings for a .579 hitting percentage.
    Sicner had her third triple-double of the fall on Nov. 1 when she had 44 assists, 10 kills and 10 blocks vs. St. John’s.
    Sicner is the second player in Creighton history to post consecutive triple-doubles, as Megan Bober did it three times. Sicner’s four triple-doubles in a season were third-most in school history, and her five career triple-doubles are also second-most in Bluejay annals.
Matches With a Triple-Double, Season
    T-D    Name    Year
    9    Megan Bober    2011
    6    Megan Bober    2012
    4    Michelle Sicner    2013
    1    Melissa Weisensee    1994
    1    JoDe Cieloha    1995
    1    JoDe Cieloha    1996
    1    Melissa Weisensee    1997
    1    Kailey Reyes    1998
    1    Kailey Reyes    1999
    1    Kailey Reyes    2000
    1    Kailey Reyes    2001
    1    Michelle Sicner    2011

Matches With a Triple-Double, Career
    T-D    Name    Years
    15    Megan Bober    2009-12
    5    Michelle Sicner    2011-Pres.
    4    Kailey Reyes    1998-2001
    2    Melissa Weisensee    1994-97
    2    JoDe Cieloha    1994-97

Block Stars
Creighton led the nation with 3.06 blocks per set. Last season Creighton finished fourth with 3.06 blocks per set, and in 2009 CU was third with 3.08 blocks per set.
Rank    Team    Blocks/Set
    1.    Creighton    3.06
    2.    Penn State    3.05
    3.    Texas    3.05
    4.    Stanford    3.00
    5.    Dayton    3.00

Elman Reaches 1,000 Digs
Sophomore libero Kate Elman became the 12th Bluejay player to reach 1,000 digs when she reached the milestone at Seton Hall on Nov. 16th.
    Elman reached the milestone in her 59th career match, third-quickest in Bluejay history. She joined Julianne Mandolfo as the second sophomore in school history to reach that mark.
    Below is a list of how long it took each Bluejay to reach the 1,000 career dig club.
Creighton’s Quickest Players To 1,000 Digs (Career)
Name    MP    Date    Opponent
Bianca Rivera    53    11/08/08    Illinois State
Julianne Mandolfo    56    10/22/11    Evansville
Kate Elman    59    11/16/13    at Seton Hall
Nayka Benitez    60    11/27/10    at Northern Iowa
Kailey Reyes    77    09/01/01    vs. UTSA
Janeen Piller    80    09/25/04    at Missouri State
Melissa Walsh    85    09/08/01    at #24 Santa Clara
Allie Oelke    95    09/04/10    vs. Iowa
Melissa Weisensee    97    10/04/97    at Missouri State
Sarah Schulze    101    11/13/09    Southern Illinois
Korie Lebeda    108    10/17/08    Evansville
Megan Bober    118    10/27/12    Southern Illinois

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 closed her junior season averaging 1.53 blocks per set, eighth-best nationally, amongst the NCAA stat leaders.
    Browning owns 422 career blocks, tied for fourth-most in Creighton history. She set the Creighton record for fewest matches to 300 career blocks against South Dakota on Sept. 21st. That came in her 65th career match, three quicker than the previous mark held by Jessica Houts (68).
    Browning also reached 400 career blocks quicker than any player in school history, doing so on Nov. 29 vs. Xavier in her 83rd carer contest. The old mark was 88 by Houts.
Creighton’s Quickest Players To 400 Total Blocks
Name    MP    Date    Opponent
Kelli Browning    83    11/29/13    Xavier
Jessica Houts    88    10/31/08    at Drake
Ashley Williams    96    10/08/04    Drake
JoDe Cieloha    100    10/31/97    Missouri State
Laurel Sanford    105    11/12/11    at Bradley
Megan Bober    123    11/16/12    at Wichita State

303 and Counting
Creighton Volleyball owns 303 wins since restarting its program prior to the 1994 season, reaching the 300 win mark in a Nov. 22 sweep of Georgetown.
    Here’s a look at how long its taken to reach each milestone:
Creighton’s Milestone Wins Since 1994
W-L    Opponent    Date
1-0    vs. Chattanooga    09/02/94
50-91    Southern Illinois    09/10/99
100-160    at Bradley    10/04/03
150-197    Drake    09/22/06
200-224    Texas Tech    08/28/09
250-263    Wichita State    11/04/11
300-278    Georgetown    11/22/13

Summarizing Savannah Smith
Creighton honored Savannah Smith prior to its Nov. 24 match as part of Senior Day festivities.
    Though just a junior eligibility-wise, Smith is enrolled in her fourth year academically and plans to graduate in the spring.
    Smith has been a part of NCAA Tournament teams in 2010, 2012 and 2013, but was injured in 2011 when the Bluejays did not qualify for the postseason.

Smith Earns League Honor, Again
Creighton Volleyball’s Lauren Smith was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Nov. 11.
    A redshirt freshman from Lincoln, Neb., Smith averaged a whopping 2.86 blocks per set while adding 1.43 kills per set in road wins at Villanova (3-0) and Georgetown (3-1).
    She hit .429 and had seven kills and eight blocks on Friday while helping Creighton become the first team all season to sweep Villanova at Nevin Field House.
    On Saturday, Smith had 12 blocks and three kills in a victory at Georgetown. The 12 blocks were most in school history by a freshman for any match, and third-most in CU history for any player in a four-set match.
    It was the second time this fall that Smith has been named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, joining her honor from Sept. 16.

Bird’s Flying High
Freshman Jess Bird owned eight double-doubles in her last 13 outings, and 11 overall on the season. In the last 13 matches Bird has averaged 12.08 kills and 12.00 digs per match, including eight double-doubles.
    Earlier in November, Bird became the first Bluejay freshman with three straight double-doubles since Allie Oelke did on Sept. 11-15, 2007.
    Bird’s 11 double-doubles marked the third straight season CU has had a freshman with at least seven double-dips, joining current teammates Melanie Jereb (7 in 2012) and Michelle Sicner (7 in 2011), and were the most by any Bluejay freshman since Allie Oelke had 14 in 2007.

21+ Wins, Again
When Kirsten Bernthal Booth arrived at Creighton, the school-record for wins in a season was 16 done by the 2000 club.
    Now in her 11th season at Creighton, Booth has led Creighton to 16 wins or more nine times, including a 23-9 mark this fall. This is the fifth time Booth has led Creighton to 21 or more victories in a year.
    Creighton won a school-record 29 matches in 2012, 23 wins this season, and 21 contests in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

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 23-9 mark and Creighton is 52-13.
    The 52-13 mark gives the Jays an .800 win percentage in that span, tied for 20th-best nationally.
    Creighton’s 52 wins in the same span rank tied for 18th nationally.
Best Win Percentages, 2012-13
Name    W    L    Pct.
Penn State    67    5    .931
Texas    56    7    .889
Central Arkansas    59    9    .868
Hawaii    52    8    .867
Florida    55    9    .859
Western Kentucky    60    10    .857
Stanford    57    10    .851
Washington    55    10    .846
Southern California    59    12    .831
Colorado State    49    10    .831
North Carolina    53    11    .828
BYU    52    11    .825
Florida State    54    12    .818
Louisville    53    12    .815
San Diego    47    11    .810
American    55    13    .809
Missouri    54    13    .806
Georgia Southern    53    13    .803
Marquette    53    13    .803
Creighton    52    13    .800
Minnesota    56    15    .789
Charleston    52    14    .788
Nebraska    52    14    .788
VCU    51    14    .785
Morehead State    53    15    .779
Yale    38    11    .776
Kansas    51    15    .773
Wichita State    52    17    .754
LIU Brooklyn    48    16    .750
Ohio    48    16    .750

Most Wins, 2012-13
Name    W    L    Pct.
Penn State    67    5    .931
Western Kentucky    60    10    .857
Central Arkansas    59    9    .868
Southern California    59    12    .831
Stanford    57    10    .851
Texas    56    7    .889
Minnesota    56    15    .789
Florida    55    9    .859
Washington    55    10    .846
American    55    13    .809
Florida State    54    12    .818
Missouri    54    13    .806
North Carolina    53    11    .828
Louisville    53    12    .815
Georgia Southern    53    13    .803
Marquette    53    13    .803
Morehead State    53    15    .779
Hawaii    52    8    .867
BYU    52    11    .825
Creighton    52    13    .800
Charleston    52    14    .788
Nebraska    52    14    .788
Wichita State    52    17    .754

Ready, Set, Go
Ashley Jansen’s first four career starts at setter paid big dividends, as the sophomore directed Creighton to three wins in four road contests from Nov. 8-16.
    Jansen had 29 assists, five digs and three kills in a 3-0 win at Villanova on Nov. 9 before having 39 assists, 10 digs, three blocks and three kills in a 3-1 victory at Georgetown the following day. The Georgetown contest marked her first career double-double, and the fifth Bluejay with a double-dip this season.
    Splitting time with Michelle Sicner on Nov. 15-16, Jansen then had 16 assists, five digs and three aces in a 3-1 win at St. John’s before she had 16 assists, seven digs and a career-high four kills in a 3-1 setback against Seton Hall.

Smith Has Block Party
Lauren Smith had 12 blocks in the Nov. 9th 3-1 win at Georgetown, most in Creighton history by a freshman. She had already shared the previous freshman record of nine with Megan Bober.
    Smith’s 1.16 blocks per set this season led all BIG EAST freshmen, and were the 15th-best nationwide among her classmates.

All Four One
Creighton hit .372 in its four-set win over DePaul on the afternoon of Oct. 26, the third-best mark in program history for a four-set contest.
    The only matches the Jays have done better were .418 vs. Evansville on Nov. 2, 1996 and a .380 mark at Southern Illinois on Oct. 6, 2001.

Doubling Up
Michelle Sicner owned a double-double in eight straight matches from Sept. 21 - Oct. 20, tying a school record set in 2000 by Melissa Walsh. She came up just short of having the record to herself, as she finished with 25 assists and nine digs at Marquette on Oct. 25.
Consecutive Matches, Double-Double
    8    Melissa Walsh, Oct. 24-Nov. 17, 2000
    8    Michelle Sicner, Sept. 21-Oct. 20, 2013
    7    Korie Lebeda, Nov. 4-24, 2006
    7    Kailey Reyes, Oct. 23-Nov. 18, 1999
    7    Megan Bober, Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 2012

Browning Earns Top Nod
Kelli Browning was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Oct. 21 after helping Creighton to wins over Xavier and Butler, moving the Bluejays into first place in the BIG EAST standings for the first time. Browning led Creighton by averaging team-bests of 3.22 kills, 1.11 blocks and hit .420 on the weekend.  
    Browning helped Creighton to a come-from-behind 3-2 win vs. Xavier on Friday night with 14 kills and five blocks on .458 hitting.  After CU lost the first set, Browning had five kills in as many swings during the second set. She would later add two kills and two blocks in the fifth set win, including a stuff to give CU a 12-11 lead it would never surrender.
    She concluded her weekend with a match-best 15 kills, tying a season-high, and adding a team-best five blocks in a 3-1 win over Butler in which she hit .385.
    Browning was also flawless in 14 service attempts after entering the week with just six serves all fall.

Weekly Honors
A pair of Creighton Volleyball players were honored by the BIG EAST Conference on Oct. 14 after a 2-0 weekend that included victories over DePaul and Marquette.
    Michelle Sicner was named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week, while Jess Bird was named BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week. It was Sicner’s second BIG EAST honor of the season, joining the recognition she received Sept. 2. It was the first BIG EAST plaudit of Bird’s young career.
    Sicner had triple-doubles in both matches to help Creighton to wins over DePaul (3-1) and Marquette (3-0) in the first two BIG EAST home matches in program history, hitting .579 while averaging 10.29 assists, 3.86 digs, 3.43 kills and 0.57 blocks per set. For the week, Sicner led Creighton in assists (72), kills (24), digs (27) and hitting percentage (.579) in seven sets of work.
    Bird helped Creighton to a pair of home wins while averaging 2.86 kills, 2.29 digs and 1.00 blocks per set.  Bird opened her week with 12 kills, seven digs, five blocks, four assists and two aces in a 3-1 win vs. DePaul in which she hit .333, then had eight kills, nine digs, two blocks and an assist in a 3-0 sweep of league-leading Marquette on Sunday.

A Dramatic 200th
Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth finished the season with a 210-128 record in her 11th year with the Bluejay program, after picking up her 200th win with a 3-2 triumph over Xavier on Oct. 18.
    Booth became the program’s winningest coach in program history in 2007, and picked up her 100th victory on Oct. 31, 2008 vs. Drake.
    She has beaten 67 different schools to amass the 210 wins at CU.
Booth’s Milestone Wins
W-L    Opponent    Date
1-1    vs. Auburn    8/30/03
50-43    Jacksonville State    9/1/06
100-71    at Drake    10/31/08
150-108    Drake    9/16/11
200-123    Xavier    10/18/13

Just Plain Sick
In addition to earning top honors from the BIG EAST Conference, Michelle Sicner was also named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 15th.
    Sicner is the first player in program history to earn the honor from the AVCA.

Beta Blocker
Michelle Sicner became the second setter in Creighton history with 10 or more blocks in a match when she had 10 rejections against St. John’s on Nov. 1.
    Megan Bober’s 11 blocks vs. Tulsa on Sept. 8, 2012, are the most by a Bluejay player with 10 or more assists in the same contest.

Crowded House
Creighton’s crowd of 2,109 on Oct. 13 vs. Marquette was the eighth-largest in program history, and fifth-largest ever at D.J. Sokol Arena.
    In addition, the attendance was the largest home crowd for any BIG EAST Volleyball home match this season.
    Creighton’s average home attendance of 1,250 fans per match ranked 33rd nationally.
    Below is a list of CU’s 10 largest home crowds ever, with matches at D.J. Sokol Arena in bold.
Largest Home Crowds
    Att.    Opponent    Date     CU Result
    13,081    #18 Cal Poly    09/02/07    L 0-3
    12,112    #1 Nebraska    09/24/06    L 1-3
    8,037    #2 Nebraska    10/05/08    L 0-3
    2,514    #7 Nebraska    08/31/10    L 0-3
    2,325    Northern Iowa    10/05/12    W 3-1
    2,285    Texas Tech    08/28/09    W 3-0
    2,135    Bradley    10/14/11    W 3-1
    2,109    Marquette    10/13/13    W 3-0
    1,832    Xavier    10/18/13    W 3-2
    1,557    Northern Iowa    11/21/08    W 3-0

Sunday Funday
After playing just five Sunday home matches in Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s first 10 years at Creighton, the Bluejays had four home tilts on a Sunday this season.
    Including the near-capacity crowd of 2,109 on Oct. 13, Creighton is now averaging 4,528 fans in nine home matches played on a Sunday under Booth. That list includes five of the top nine home crowds in program history.

Another 45 Record
Creighton’s win vs. Marquette on Oct. 13 was the program’s 45th at D.J. Sokol Arena, its most in any facility in history.
    CU is now 51-18 all-time at the five-year old facility, surpassing the 44-26 mark attained at the Omaha Civic Auditorium from 2003-08.

Non-Conference Gauntlet
Creighton Volleyball finished its non-conference preseason with a 9-3 record against some of the nation’s best teams. Six of those opponents were ranked in the top-25 this season.
    Not counting their result vs. Creighton, the 12 squads were a combined 237-127 (.651). The teams are also 134-72 (.650) in league play this year.

Jays Fall Out Of AVCA Voting Range
After a 10-week run in the AVCA poll dating to Nov. 5, 2012, Creighton fell out of the AVCA Top 25 poll released on Oct. 7th.
    Creighton received votes in the AVCA poll just once in its first 18 years, but had a streak of 21 straight polls with votes from Sept. 10, 2012 until Oct. 28, 2013 before falling out of the Nov. 4, 2013 poll completely. The Jays returned among those “also receiving votes” on Nov. 25th, earning 11 votes to rank 30th, and nabbed nine votes on Dec. 2nd to rank 31st.
    Creighton earned four votes in the year-end poll to after the 2013 NCAA Tournament, good for 31st place.
    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
09/16/13    164    23rd
09/23/13    211    23rd
09/30/13    216    22nd
10/07/13    32    T-33rd
10/14/13    60    30th
10/21/13    63    26th
10/28/13    20    T-31st
11/25/13    11    30th
12/02/13    9    31st
12/23/13    4    31st

Taking The Fifth
One major reason for Creighton’s success in recent seasons has been its play on the road in the fifth set.
    Creighton has won five straight road matches to go five sets, including wins last year over Northern Iowa, Wichita State and Missouri State, and wins this year at Denver and Wichita State.
    It’s also worth noting that Creighton is 6-1 all-time in five-set home matches at D.J. Sokol Arena.

Strength In Numbers
Creighton finished preseason non-conference play with five victories over teams that reached the 2012 NCAA Tournament. On a national level, Hawai’i and Wisconsin were the only schools with more such victories (both six), while Penn State and VCU joined Creighton as the only other schools to claim five such wins.

Let’s Compare
Let’s take a look at how Creighton’s stats in 2013 compare to the last three seasons.
Stat    2013    2012    2011    2010
W-L    23-9    29-4    17-14    21-12
Postseason    NCAA    NCAA    None    NCAA
Tourney Titles    1    3    0    0
Kills/Set    13.47    13.39    12.75    13.52
Hitting %    .220    .247    .203    .214
Aces/Set    0.99    1.24    1.13    1.27
Digs/Set    15.76    17.32    17.23    18.94
Blocks/Set    3.06    3.06    2.54    2.36

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 averaged 2.45 kills and 2.79 digs per set. By comparison, Melanie Jereb averaged 2.47 kills and 2.74 digs per set as a freshman last year when she would go on to be named first-team All-MVC.

Speaking of Freshmen
Lauren Smith averaged 2.24 kills and 1.16 blocks per set. 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.

Sicner Reaches 1,000 Assists
Michelle Sicner became the sixth player in Creighton Volleyball’s modern (since 1994) history to reach 1,000  career assists on Oct. 4 at Butler.
    Sicner achieved the milestone in her 72nd career match, and her 267th set overall.
    Sicner is the first junior in program history to reach the 1,000-assist career mark. Each of the first five players reached that mark as freshmen or sophomores.

Freshmen Phenoms
Creighton boasted two freshmen who averaged at least two kills per set, Jess Bird (2.45) and Lauren Smith (2.24).
    There had been just three previous seasons where multiple freshmen averaged 2.00 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.

Smith’s Record-Setting Week
Redshirt freshman Lauren Smith etched her name in the Creighton record book in two different matches in mid-September.        Smith’s nine blocks vs. Kansas on September 10th tied the Creighton record by a freshman in one match, previously done by Megan Bober on Sept. 4, 2009 vs. Lipscomb.
    On September 13 against Cal State Northridge, Smith hit .909 with 10 kills in 11 errorless swings. That ranks as the best hitting percentage in Creighton history by any player with a minimum of 10 swings.
    For her efforts, Smith was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on September 16.

Multiple Choice
Creighton has had seven players earn All-Tournament Team honors at least once this season.
    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 the Bluejay Invitational. Sicner and McNary were honored at the Denver Invitational, while Jess Bird and Kate Elman picked up recognition at the Shocker Volleyball Classic.

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 first 11 women (Coleman, Decker, Lebeda, Oelke, Mandolfo, Sicner and Jereb) went on to land a spot on the MVC’s All-Freshman Team. The BIG EAST does not award and All-Freshman Team.

As A Ranked Team
All-time, Creighton is 17-5 when playing as a ranked team in the AVCA poll, including a 16-2 mark versus unranked teams.
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
09/13/13    24    vs. Cal St. Northridge    W 3-0
09/13/13    24    at Denver    W 3-2
09/14/13    24    vs. #11 UCLA    L 1-3
09/20/13    23    vs. #7 Hawai’i    L 2-3
09/21/13    23    vs. South Dakota    W 3-0
09/22/13    23    at Wichita State    W 3-2
10/04/13    22    at Butler    L 1-3
10/05/13    22    at Xavier    W 3-1

Speaking Of Smith
Lauren Smith had a fantastic freshman campaign, with 271 kills and 140 blocks while hitting .276.
    Her junior teammate Kelli Browning was named an Honorable-Mention All-American as a sophomore and Preseason BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year as a junior, but Browning recorded season totals of 54 kills and 33 blocks on .197 hitting in 2011 as a freshman.

Use The Fours
Creighton went 13-2 last season in four-set matches. According to numbers crunched by Rich Kern of fame, the 13 four-set wins led the country in 2012, one more than Georgia Southern.
    This year’s team was 10-5 in four-set matches.

2-0 Better Than 0-2
Creighton is 192-8 (.960) all-time when leading a match 2-0, including a 134-2 mark under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. They own an 90-4 all-time mark in home matches they lead 2-0 in.
    Conversely, the Jays are 7-175 (.038) all-time when trailing a match 0-2, including an 0-60 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 210-2 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, and two other match points on Nov. 1, 2013 in a 17-15 fifth set loss to St. John’s.
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

Taking The Fifth
Creighton is 36-19 in five-set matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth, including a 3-2 mark this year and an 12-5 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    3-2    23-9
Total    51-47    303-280

Production Returning
Creighton returned 9-of-14 letterwinners to the court 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%)

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

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 23 wins include seven triumphs over squads that were in the 2012 NCAA Tournament (BYU, Bowling Green, Northern Colorado, Kansas, Wichita State, Marquette and Arkansas).
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    6-6
TOTAL    43-101
TOTAL Under Booth    40-66

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 had 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.
    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.

BIG EAST Preseason Poll
Creighton was 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.
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