#5 Kelli Browning
2013: Junior at Creighton
• Preseason Co-BIG EAST Player of the Year and Preseason All-BIG EAST selection.
• All-American Honorable Mention by the AVCA.
• First team all-conference in 2013 and first team all-region by AVCA for second straight year.
• Named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Oct. 21 after wins vs. Xavier and Butler.
• Named All-Tournament Team at the BIG EAST Tournament.
• Led the BIG EAST and ranked eighth nationally in blocks per set.
• Also ranked sixth in BIG EAST in hitting percentage, and 135th nationally.
• Her .323 hitting was third-best in CU season history, while her 166 block assists, 185 total blocks and 1.53 blocks per set each rank second-most in CU single-season history.
• Named to Hampton Inn Invitational All-Tournament Team (8/31).
• Had four blocks and two kills in the fifth set of Creighton’s 3-2 win at Wichita State (9/22).
• Slammed season-high 15 kills while hitting .400 vs. Kansas (9/10).
• Owned 14 kills and eight blocks in 3-1 win vs. DePaul (10/11).
• First CU player with five straight matches of six or more blocks (Sept. 13-22).
• Had 12 kills and 10 blocks on .429 hitting vs. St. John’s (11/1).
• Became quickest player in Creighton history to reach 300 career blocks, doing so on Sept. 21 vs. South Dakota in her 65th career contest, and to 400 career blocks by doing so in her 83rd match on Nov. 29 vs. Xavier.
• Had 14 kills and five blocks on .458 hitting in five-set win vs. Xavier (10/18).
• Tied season-best with 15 kills and added five blocks on .385 hitting vs. Butler (10/20).
• Owned 14 kills, six blocks, her first two aces of 2013 while hitting .409 in 3-1 win at DePaul (10/26).
• Team-best 13 kills on .440 hitting in BIG EAST Tourney win vs. Xavier (11/29).
• Turned in a double-double in NCAA Tournament win vs. Arkansas (12/6), finishing with 15 kills and 11 blocks on season-best .522 hitting.
• Owns school career records for attack percentage and blocks per set.
2012: Sophomore at Creighton
• MVC Defensive Player of the Year.
• First Team All-MVC and AVCA All-American Honorable Mention.
• Set Creighton single-season records for block assists, total blocks and hitting percentage.
• Her 204 total blocks tied for the national lead.
• Finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in blocks per set (1.65 bps.), 32nd in hitting percentage (.370) and 177th in points per set (3.84).
• Led the MVC in blocking, second in hitting percentage and 12th in kills per set.
• Owned five matches with kill/block double-doubles, compared to four by rest of the MVC combined.
• Named to All-Tournament Team at Bluejay Invitational (9/1) and Northern Colorado Classic (9/8).
• Had 16 kills on .600 hitting vs. Wisconsin in title match of USF Invitational (8/25).
• Had 15 kills on .542 hitting in final match of Bluejay Invitational vs. Denver (9/1).
• First career double-double came vs. Tulsa on Sept. 8, finishing with 11 kills and 15 blocks.
• Her 15 block assists tied an MVC record for a single-match, and helped her be named MVC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10.
• Closed out Northern Colorado Classic with 13 kills on .571 hitting vs. Northern Colorado in 3-0 sweep (9/8).
• Posted 16 kills in five-set win over Missouri State (9/14), adding 11 blocks to notch her second double-double.
• Earned third double-double at Kansas (9/19) with 15 kills and 11 blocks.
• Had career-high 18 kills and added six blocks in win over South Dakota (9/25).
• Had 14 kills and eight blocks vs. Southern Illinois (10/27) while setting CU record for hitting percentage (.684) in a four-set match.
• Hit .714 with 10 kills in 14 swings in 3-0 win vs. Indiana State (11/9).
• Tallied 17 kills and five blocks on .438 hitting in 3-1 win vs. Illinois State (11/10).
• Had 10 kills and 10 blocks at Wichita State in five-set victory that clinched MVC outright title (11/16), while also serving match point.
• Produced 17 kills and 12 blocks in 3-2 win at Missouri State (11/17).
• Named MVC Defensive Player of the Week for second time on Nov. 19th.
• Had 12 kills and four blocks on .600 hitting in 3-0 NCAA Tournament win vs. Marquette (11/30).
• Generated 12 kills and nine blocks in spring exhibition win at Nebraska (4/12).
• Led team in blocks 23 times, kills 10 times and aces on seven occasions.
2011: Freshman at Creighton
• Had six blocks vs. UTSA (8/26), most in school history in a debut.
• Also had 11 kills vs. UTSA, second-most in program history in a debut and the best mark since 1994.
• Earned MVC Freshman of the Week honors on Aug. 29 for her efforts.
• Had four matches of five or more kills and two matches with at least five blocks.
• Provided a spark off the bench with five kills in eight swings during the final three sets at Bradley (11/12).
Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School
• Named First Team All-State as a senior and second team all-state as a junior while helping the Crusaders to state titles both seasons.
• Named all-tournament at the state tournament her last two seasons.
• State runner-up as a sophomore.
• Team was 46-4 as a senior, with 42 sweeps.
• Played four years on varsity, which included three Classic 8 Conference titles.
• First team All-Area by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a junior and senior.
• Set a state tournament record with nine blocks in a four-set match as a senior.
• Had 14 kills and seven blocks in her final high school match, a 3-1 win over Madison Edgewood that clinched the state title.
• As a junior, set a state tournament record by hitting .632 in a three-set match.
• Had three prep teammates sign to play collegiately as well, Patti Abshire (Duquesne), Kate Acker (Denver) and Aly Kujawa (Minnesota-Duluth).
• Club team, Badger Region High Performance, won a national title in 2009.
• Played for coaches Ted Schulte, Lisa Gamalski and Lori Gamalski.
Creighton Awards & Honors
2011 MVC Freshman of the Week, 8/29
2012 AVCA All-Central Region First Team
2012 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American
2012 Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team
2012 First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference
2012 MVC Defensive Player of the Week, 9/10
2012 MVC Defensive Player of the Week, 11/19
2012 MVC Defensive Player of the Year
2012 Northern Colorado Classic All-Tournament Team
2012-13 Dean’s List
2012-13 MVC Academic Honor Roll
2013 AVCA All-East Region First Team
2013 AVCA Honorable-Mention All-American
2013 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
2013 BIG EAST Player of the Week, 10/21
2013 First Team All-BIG EAST Conference
2013 Hampton Inn Invitational All-Tournament Team
2013 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
2013 Preseason BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year
2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team
More About Kelli
Full Name: Kelli Clare Browning
Birthday: Sept. 5, 1993
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wis.
Parents: Gary and Patricia Browning
Sibling: Sam (19)
Career Aspiration: Pediatric nurse
Nicknames: Bambi, Kyle, Kell
Why Creighton: Nursing and volleyball programs
Best Volleyball Memory: Winning The Valley Tournament and winning state
Favorite Part About Ryan Center/D.J. Sokol Arena: Locker rooms
Favorite Creighton Professor: Dr. Chaperon
Match I’m Most Excited For: Marquette
Thoughts on the BIG EAST: Cool places, great competition
Favorite Quote: “Every zoo is a petting zoo if you have enough confidence” (Unknown)
Favorite Vacation Spot: Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Favorite Road Trip: Milwaukee or NYC
2014 Summer Job: Working camps