DES MOINES, Iowa -- Drake sophomore Whitney Westrum had career-highs with 11 kills and 23 digs in her first career start to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-1 victory over the Creighton Volleyball team. Scores of the match in favor of Drake were 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22.
Creighton (12-7) had its five-match win streak snapped and enters the midway point of the Valley race tied for second with a 7-2 league mark. Drake is now 18-5 and 4-5 in the league standings.Drake never trailed in the first set, racing to a 9-2 lead and catching a Bluejay team off its rhythm to claim a 25-19 win. The Bulldogs had four blocks, while forcing Creighton nine attack errors.
In the second set Caitlin Johnson served up a 7-0 run to break the Bulldogs out of a 11-11 tie and lead Drake to the 25-22 win. Drake hit .250 with 15 kills in the second set, led by five kills from Angela Bys.
Creighton won a close third set, 25-23, to extend the match. Creighton's block came to life in the third set, stuffing Drake six times in the set. Alicia Runge had a solo stuff to give Creighton a 19-18 lead, and the Jays would not trail again. Runge also had two kills and an ace as CU closed out the set.
With the score knotted at 14, Drake scored three straight points to take the lead for good. Creighton would withstand three match points before a Westrum kill ended it. Westrum had seven of Drake's 17 kills in the final set.
Runge led Creighton with 16 kills in 39 swings, while Laurel Sanford had 11 kills. Karisa Almgren and Megan Bober each added eight kills for Creighton. Julianne Mandolfo led CU with 22 digs, while Allie Oelke had 18 digs. Creighton hit .183 and finished with 50 kills, five aces, 82 digs and 11 blocks.
Drake was paced by 13 kills from Bys, while Westrum had 11. Westrum also topped the hosts with 23 digs, while Alana Wittenburg had 18 digs. Drake finished with 57 kills, seven aces, 80 digs and eight blocks.Creighton is back in action on Friday with a 7 pm match at Bradley.
NOTES: Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth celebrated her birthday on Saturday ... Both teams wore pink jerseys as part of Drake's annual "Dig Pink" match. Creighton will also wear pink on October 29 for its home match vs. Indiana State as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... Anglea Bys became the 21st player in MVC history to reach 1,500 career ills with a kill to give Drake a 16-9 lead in the first set ... Creighton had been 126-6 under Kirsten Bernthal Booth when owning a better hitting percentage than the opposition.