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Amanda Foje is one of four freshmen who could make their collegiate debut on Friday.
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Volleyball To Open 2013 Season With No. 13 BYU, Bowling Green

This Week -- Hampton Inn Invitational
Aug. 30    3:30 pm    #25 Creighton vs. #13 BYU    Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
Aug. 31    9 am    #25 Creighton at Bowling Green    Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)

This Weekend
Creighton Volleyball opens the 2013 season on the road this weekend, as it heads to Bowling Green, Ohio, to play in the Hampton Inn Invitational.
    No. 25 Creighton (0-0) opens the regular-season on Friday with a 3:30 pm (Central) match against No. 13 BYU (0-0).
    On Saturday, Creighton faces tournament host Bowling Green (0-0 before Friday’s match vs. Marquette) at 9 am (Central).
    Creighton’s new BIG EAST rival Marquette is also in the tournament, though the Bluejays and Golden Eagles will not meet this weekend.
    Both matches will take place at The Stroh Center (capacity 4,387).

Radio/Video Broadcast Information
All matches at the Hampton Inn Invitational will have free live audio, courtesy of BGSU’s student radio station, at
    All tournament matches will also be webcast, though the production does not include graphics or audio.
    Creighton’s contest vs. BYU on Friday is available for $8 at
    Saturday’s contest at Bowling Green is schedlued to be webcast at no charge at
    CU begins its 10-match radio and 12-match home video webcast schedule Sept. 6 vs. Northern Colorado.

Live Stats Information
All matches at the Hampton Inn Invitational will have free live stats. Visit and click on the Live Stats tab on the left-hand side of the page for links the exact links for Creighton’s matches.

Scouting #25 Creighton
Creighton returns nine letterwinners and four starters (plus its libero) from last year’s team that finished 29-4 overall and won the Missouri Valley Conference with a 17-1 league record. After finishing No. 24 in last year’s final AVCA poll, the Bluejays were tabbed No. 25 in this fall’s preseason poll.
    Spearheading the returners are all-conference honorees Kelli Browning (2.82 kps., 1.65 bps., .370%), Melanie Jereb (2.47 kps., 2.74 dps.) and Leah McNary (3.03 kps.). Browning and Jereb were both named First-Team All-MVC last fall, with Browning also taking home AVCA Honorable-Mention All-America and MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors. McNary was a Second-Team All-MVC choice.
    Also back are juniors Michelle Sicner (1.04 kps., .83 bps.), Savannah Smith and Katie Neisler (2.30 dps.), as well as sophomores Kate Elman (4.98 dps.), Lizzy Stivers and Ashley Jansen (1.78 dps.).
    A talented class of three true freshmen (Jess Bird, Kenzie Crawford and Amanda Foje), as well as redshirt freshman Lauren Smith, are also expected to provide immediate contributions.
    Creighton was picked to win the BIG EAST Conference, while Browning, Jereb and McNary were named preseason all-league picks.

Scouting #13 BYU
The nation’s No. 13 team in the AVCA preseason poll, BYU returns eight letterwinners and three starters (plus its libero) from last year’s team that finished 28-4 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
    Leading the returnees is MB/OH Alexa Gray (3.26 kps.) and MB Kathryn LeCheminant (1.85 kps., 1.01 bps.).
    The Cougars lost a key piece to its 2013 team three weeks ago when it was announced that First Team All-American Jennifer Hamson (4.09 kps., 1.26 bps., .362%) was going to redshirt to focus on basketball this academic year. Hamson stood 6-foot-7 and is also an All-WCC basketball player. Also gone from last season is setter Heather Hannemann (11.17 aps., 2.41 dps.), a two-year starter.
    The Cougars were picked to defend their West Coast Conference title this season and Gray was named to the Preseason All-WCC team.

Scouting Bowling Green
Bowling Green returns seven letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 22-11, including five starters and its libero. The Falcons advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012 before falling at Penn State.
    Back for BGSU are returning first-team All-MAC selections Danielle Tonyan (3.21 kps., .82 bps.), Lindsey Butterfield (2.93 kps.) and Paige Penrod (3.78 kps., 3.02 dps.). Also back is setter Laura Avila (10.25 aps., 2.76 dps.) and libero Ashley Dunn (4.37 dps.).
    BGSU also has eight freshmen recruits that have spurred competition for spots this fall.
The Coaches
Creighton is coached by Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Truman State, 1997), who owns a 187-119 record entering 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 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.
    BYU is led by Shawn Olmstead (BYU, 2005), who begins his third year with the Cougars with a 49-13 record, including last year’s run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He is assisted by Heather Olmstead and Emillie Toone Checketts.
    Bowling Green is led by Danijela Tomic (UALR, 1999), who is 22-11 entering her second season with the Falcons. Tomic led BGSU to the MAC title and the NCAA Tournament last season, her first after going 158-61 in seven years at Florida International. Tomic is assisted by Jessica Hohl, Rodnei Santos and Jordan Cravens.

Series History vs. BYU
Creighton and BYU have never met.
Series History vs. Bowling Green
Creighton and Bowling Green have never met.
    BGSU coach Danijela Tomic is 1-0 all-time against Creighton and head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth, defeating the Bluejays in three sets (25-23, 25-23, 27-25) at the 2009 Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. Tomic was leading Florida International at the time.

Blue-White Scrimmage Summary
The Blue Team defeated the White Team by a 3-1 score (25-20, 25-22, 25-27, 15-11) in the program’s lone exhibition match last Friday.
    The Blue Team was led by returning All-Conference picks Melanie Jereb, Kelli Browning and Leah McNary, while four players saw action on both sides of the net.
    McNary led all players with 14 kills, Ashley Jansen topped everyone with 22 digs, and Savannah Smith paved the way with 11 blocks.
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.

Season Opening History
With its 3-1 win over Central Florida last year, Creighton improved its record to 11-8 in season-opening matches since restarting the program in 1994. Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth is 7-3 in opening matches and on a four-year winning streak. The four straight wins in season-openers is the best mark in program history.
    Booth is 8-2 in Creighton’s first match away from home, helping Creighton improve to 11-8 in such contests all-time.
    Creighton’s four straight wins in season-openers is the longest active streak in the BIG EAST, one more than St. John’s.

Some Fab Freshmen
Creighton has started five true freshmen in a season opener in the last three years, and 11 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) and Ashley Jansen (2012).
    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.

Hello World!
Four of the 13 players on Creighton’s 2013 team have never played a point at the Division I level, as freshmen Jess Bird, Kenzie Crawford, Amanda Foje and Lauren Smith could all make their Division I debut this Friday. Below is the current Creighton players and how they performed in their regular-season collegiate debuts.
    Records for a Bluejay debut can be found at the bottom of page three.
Year    Name    SP    K    E    TA    Pct.    A    SA    DIG    TB
2011    Kelli Browning    5    11    3    31    .258    0    0    1    6
2011    Katie Neisler•    5    5    5    24    .000    1    0    18    1
2012    Melanie Jereb•    4    5    2    28    .107    0    0    14    0
2010    Savannah Smith    4    3    1    7    .286    0    0    1    2
2011    Leah McNary    2    2    2    6    .000    0    0    0    0
2012    Kate Elman    4    1    0    2    .500    4    1    22    0
2012    Ashley Jansen•    4    1    0    3    .333    1    1    10    0
2012    Lizzy Stivers    4    0    0    0    ---    0    0    0    0
2011    Michelle Sicner•    5    0    1    4    -.250    1    0    9    1

Regular-Season Tournament History
Creighton is 68-70 in the 46 regular-season tournaments it has participated in all-time, including an 8-1 mark last year. Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s teams are 48-37 in 30 regular-season tournaments, including seven titles.
    Creighton won two regular-season tournaments last season, taking the season-opening USF Invitational as well as the Northern Colorado Classic.
    Creighton had won just two of 16 regular-season tournaments prior to Booth’s arrival.

Five For Fighting
In 2011 Creighton survived two match points to beat UTSA, 16-14, in the fifth set of its season-opener. That improved Creighton to 2-0 all-time in season-openers to go the distance, having also topped Montana in 2004.

The Votes Add Up
Creighton has 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 hosts 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 is tied for the national lead with Texas, Hawai’i, Florida State and Western Kentucky.
    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
08/12/13    133    25th

Nation’s Best Opening Tournament?
The Hampton Inn Invitational is the nation’s only event this weekend that includes four NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago.
    BYU reached the Sweet 16, Bowling Green and Creighton both advanced to the second round, while Marquette lost its NCAA Tourney opener (to Creighton).
    Creighton and Marquette will not meet, however, since the teams are already playing twice as new rivals in the BIG EAST.
    The only other tournaments on the opening weekend that have three 2012 NCAA Tourney clubs are the Mortar Board Premier (host Purdue, USC and Western Kentucky, along with non-qualifier Alabama A&M) and the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational (host Hawai’i, Texas and San Diego, along with non-qualifier UTEP).

Ranked vs. Ranked
When No. 25 Creighton meets No. 13 BYU in the season-opener, it’ll mark just the third time the Bluejays have begun the year with a ranked foe. Creighton fell to No. 5 Nebraska in 1998 and also lost to No. 16 Minnesota in 2008.
    The CU-BYU match-up is one of three across the country where both teams are nationally-ranked. The other two contests include No. 1 Texas at No. 11 Hawai’i, and No. 4 USC at No. 16 Purdue.

Season-Opening Showdown
When Creighton meets BYU in Friday’s season-opener, it’ll be among the nation’s most attractive lid-lifters.
    The meeting features a combined 57 wins from a year ago (29 for Creighton, 28 for BYU), more than any other opener.
    In addition, the combined .877 winning percentage from a year ago (both teams also had four losses) ranks it second-best among any season-opening match-up. The only contest that’s better features defending national champ and preseason No. 1 Texas (29-4 in 2012) visiting No. 11 Hawai’i (27-3 in 2012), who combine for an .889 win percentage.
Most Combined Wins, Both Teams 2013 Season Openers
57 – Creighton (29-4) vs. BYU (28-4)
56 – Texas (29-4) at Hawai’i (27-3)
56 – Central Arkansas (30-5) vs. Kansas (26-7)
53 – Tulsa (26-10) at Dayton (27-5)
53 – USC (30-6) at Purdue (23-11)
50 – Florida State (28-4) vs. Kentucky (22-11)
49 – Marquette (27-7) at Bowling Green (22-11)
Best Win Percentage, Both Teams 2013 Season Openers
.889 – Texas (29-4) at Hawai’i (27-3)
.877 – Creighton (29-4) vs. BYU (28-4)
.824 – Central Arkansas (30-5) vs. Kansas (26-7)
.779 – Tulsa (26-10) at Dayton (27-5)
.769 – Florida State (28-4) vs. Kentucky (22-11)

Jays vs. Ranked Teams
Creighton will take on No. 13 BYU on Friday while looking to upend a top-25 team for the third time in the last five seasons. The Jays defeated No. 25 Wichita State in 2009 and No. 16 Iowa State in 2010. The victory over Iowa State  was the highest-ranked team that Creighton has ever beaten.
    Creighton is 2-48 all-time against ranked schools (2-32 under Kirsten Bernthal Booth). That includes an 0-26 road record, 1-17 at home and 1-5 at neutral sites, and an 0-3 record against teams ranked exactly No. 13.

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

As A Ranked Team
Creighton enters the 2013 season ranked No. 25 nationally. All-time, Creighton is 7-1 when playing as a ranked team in the AVCA poll, including an 0-1 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

Most Improved?
After going 17-14 in 2011, Creighton improved its record to 28-3 in 2012. Extensive research indicates it was tied for the nation’s third-largest win increase last year, and second-best among NCAA Tournament teams.
    2011    2012    Win
    W-L    W-L    Increase    School
    17-15    30-5    +13    Central Arkansas*
    4-22    17-12    +13    Loyola Chicago
    17-14    29-4    +12    Creighton*
    4-25    16-13    +12    Akron
    9-21    21-11    +12    High Point
    9-18    21-9    +12    Southern Illinois
    9-22    20-14    +11    Arizona State*
    8-20    19-11    +11    Temple
    15-14    26-7    +11    Kansas*
*2012 NCAA Tournament Team

Taking The Fifth
Creighton is 33-17 in five-set matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth, including a 4-1 mark last year. 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
Total    48-45    280-271

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.

2-0 Better Than 0-2
Creighton is 180-8 (.957) all-time when leading a match 2-0, including a 122-2 mark under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. They own an 84-4 all-time mark in home matches they lead 2-0 in.
    Conversely, the Jays are 7-171 (.039) all-time when trailing a match 0-2, including an 0-58 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 187-1 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

Searching For 300
Kirsten Bernthal Booth enters this weekend with 299 career college wins, one shy of the 300 milestone.
    Booth claimed 112 wins at Kirkwood (Iowa) Junior College and has won 187 matches since arriving at Creighton in 2003.
    Booth’s 187 wins at Creighton are 119 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).
    Both teams that Creighton will face this weekend 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    0-0
TOTAL    37-95
TOTAL Under Booth    34-60

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 10 home matches this season.
    The matches will air on KZOT (1180 AM) and KOIL (1290 AM) and be webcast online at as well. The pre-match show 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 Broadcast Schedule
Sept. 6    Northern Colorado (KZOT 1180 AM)
Sept. 7    South Florida (KZOT 1180 AM)
Sept. 7    California (KZOT 1180 AM)
Sept. 10    Kansas (KZOT 1180 AM)
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 160-18 overall under Kirsten Bernthal Booth when it wins set one. In that same time span, CU is just 27-101 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.
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