Creighton Volleyball Notes This Tuesday Sept. 10 6 pm Kansas at #24 Creighton Omaha, Neb. (D.J. Sokol Arena)
This Tuesday No. 24 Creighton Volleyball (4-1) plays its lone mid-week match of the season when it hosts Kansas (4-2) on Tuesday night. First serve at D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center (2,500) is set for 6 pm.
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Scouting #24 Creighton Creighton opened the 2013 season with a title at the Hampton Inn Invitational, picking up wins over No. 13 BYU (3-1) and host Bowling Green (3-0). Last weekend, Creighton took second at the Bluejay Invitational in Omaha, sweeping Northern Colorado and South Florida before being losing to tournament champion California. CU boasts a balanced attack, with five women averaging multiple kills per set. That group is led by outside hitters Leah McNary (3.06 kps.), Jess Bird (2.75 kps., 3.38 dps.) and Melanie Jereb (2.69 kps., 3.12 dps.). Setter Michelle Sicner (10.50 aps, 3.62 dps, 1.50 kps.) directs CU’s offense. The Bluejays returned four starters plus libero Kate Elman from last year’s team that finished 29-4 overall, won the Missouri Valley Conference with a 17-1 league record, and finished 24th in the year-end AVCA poll. Creighton was picked to win the BIG EAST Conference, while Kelli Browning, Jereb and McNary were named preseason all-league picks. Creighton averages 14.25 kills, 1.38 aces, 17.44 digs and 3.00 blocks per set while hitting .233 as a team.
Scouting Kansas Kansas is 4-2 on the season, including a 3-0 mark in road matches. KU owns wins vs. Arizona, UMKC, Arkansas and Morgan State, but has lost to Central Arkansas and Arkansas this year. Senior MB Caroline Jarmoc paces the Jayhawks with 3.76 kills per set and 1.28 blocks per set. She was named a Second Team All-American last year after setting a KU record with a .386 attack percentage. Second on the team in kills is Millard North product Sara McClinton (3.23 kps., .267%). McClinton was a high school teammate of CU’s Michelle Sicner and earned All-Big 12 honors last fall. Setter Erin McNorton (12.12 aps., 2.36 dps.) had a career-high 67 assists in last year’s win vs. Creighton, while libero Brianne Riley (4.56 dps.)had 33 digs in the same contest. Last season the Jayhawks went 26-7 and finished third in the Big 12 Conference. Four starters and a libero are among 12 letterwinners from that team. KU averages 14.24 kills, 1.16 aces, 16.32 digs and 2.40 blocks per set on .239 hitting.
The Coaches Creighton is coached by Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Truman State, 1997), who owns a 191-120 record in 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 CVU.com 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. Kansas is coached by Ray Bechard, who is 252-213 in his 16th year at the school, and 968-271 in 29 years overall as a head coach. He’s assisted by Laura Kuhn, Todd Chamberlain and Wendel Camargo.
Series History vs. Kansas Kansas has won all five previous matches against Creighton since CU reinstituted volleyball in 1994, claiming victories in 2002 (3-0 in Omaha), 2003 (3-0 in Lawrence), 2009 (3-1 in Lawrence), 2010 (3-1 in Omaha) and 2012 (3-2 in Lawrence). Last season in Lawrence, Kansas won the first two sets and Creighton won the next two sets before KU won the fifth frame, 15-13. Kelli Browning had 15 kills and 11 blocks in the contest for CU, while Caroline Jarmoc had 22 kills and Brianne Riley 33 digs for the Jayhawks. Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth is 0-4 against Kansas and Ray Bechard.
Last Weekend Summary Creighton went 2-1 at the Bluejay Invitational, defeating Northern Colorado (3-0) and South Florida (3-0) before being swept by California in the title match. Melanie Jereb and Leah McNary were named to the All-Tournament Team for Creighton.
Nebraskans Return Home Kansas has three Nebraska natives returning to their home state on Tuesday. KU’s roster includes Papillion native Chelsea Albers, Omaha’s Sara McClinton and Lincoln’s Maggie Anderson. Albers attended Papillion-La Vista High School, McClinton attended Millard North High School, and Anderson went to Lincoln Southwest High School. While at Millard North, McClinton was a teammate of current Creighton setter Michelle Sicner.
Ranked 24th Nationally Creighton is ranked 24th in the AVCA poll this week, collecting 180 points in the voting. Dating to last season, this is the seventh consecutive week Creighton’s been among the nation’s top-25. 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
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 4-1 start and Creighton is 33-5. The 33-5 mark gives the Jays a .868 win percentage in that span, tied for third nationally behind only Penn State and Hawai’i. Creighton’s 33 wins in the same span rank tied for seventh nationally. Best Win Percentages, Since 2012 (thru 9/8/13) Name W L Pct. Penn State 36 4 .900 Hawai’i 32 4 .889 Creighton 33 5 .868 Texas 33 5 .868 Southern California 36 6 .857 Central Arkansas 36 6 .857 Florida 32 6 .842 Florida State 32 6 .842 North Carolina 32 6 .842 Stanford 32 6 .842
Most Wins, Since 2012 (thru 9/8/13) Name W L Pct. Western Kentucky 37 7 .841 Central Arkansas 36 6 .857 Southern California 36 6 .857 Penn State 36 4 .900 Col. of Charleston 34 8 .810 Minnesota 34 8 .810 Creighton 33 5 .868 Oregon 33 8 .805 Texas 33 5 .868 Michigan 32 12 .727 Tulsa 32 11 .744 BYU 32 7 .821 Louisville 32 7 .821 Florida 32 6 .842 Florida State 32 6 .842 North Carolina 32 6 .842 Stanford 32 6 .842 Hawai’i 32 4 .889
Strong Schedule Ahead Creighton has never been shy about putting together a challenging schedule under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. In fact, each of Creighton’s next 16 matches (from now until Nov. 1) are against teams currently .500 or better.
All-Tourney Duo Creighton had a pair of players named to the Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament Team, Leah McNary and Melanie Jereb. McNary and Jereb shared team-best honors with 26 kills last weekend. Jereb hit .221 and added three aces and 20 digs, while McNary was second on the team with eight blocks in nine sets played.
Multiple Choice Through two weekend tournaments, Creighton has had five players earn All-Tournament Team honors once, but no one’s been chosen twice. 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 last weekend’s Bluejay Invitational.
Use The Fours Creighton went 13-2 last season in four-set matches. According to numbers crunched by Rich Kern of RichKern.com fame, the 13 four-set wins led the country in 2012, one more than Georgia Southern. This year’s team is 1-0 in four-set matches, while Creighton’s other four contests were sweeps. Tuesday’s opponent, Kansas, has played five sets twice, four sets three times, and three sets just once.
Familiar Face Kansas OH Catherine Carmichael enters Tuesday’s match third on the team with 59 kills and fourth on the Jayhawk club with 12 blocks. She is the sister of former Illinois State men’s basketball standout Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael ranks first all-time in Illinois State history in blocks (200), eighth in scoring (1,580) and third in rebounds (942) and double-doubles (35). As a senior, Carmichael averaged 17.4 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 33 games while earning first-team all-MVC honors.
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 enters the Kansas match averaging 2.75 kills and 3.38 digs per set. By comparison, Melanie Jereb averaged 2.00 kills and 2.35 digs per set after her first five matches as a freshman last year when she was named first-team All-MVC.
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 11 women (Coleman, Decker, Lebeda, Oelke, Mandolfo, Sicner and Jereb) went on to land a spot on the MVC’s All-Freshman Team.
Regular-Season Tournament History Creighton is 72-71 in the 48 regular-season tournaments it has participated in all-time, including a 12-2 mark since the start of last season. Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s teams are 52-38 in 32 regular-season tournaments, including eight titles. Creighton won two regular-season tournaments last season, taking the season-opening USF Invitational as well as the Northern Colorado Classic, before claiming this year’s Hampton Inn Invitational. Creighton had won just two of 16 regular-season tournaments prior to Booth’s arrival.
Home Streak Ends Creighton Volleyball had its school-record home win streak of 13 straight home wins snapped in Saturday night’s loss to California. CU is now 14-2 at home the past two seasons, with both setbacks coming during the Bluejay Invitational. Creighton is also now 31-4 in its last 35 home matches against unranked competition. All four of Creighton’s streaks of six straight home wins or longer have been snapped in the Bluejay Invitational. Creighton’s Longest Home Win Streaks Wins Dates Snapped By 13 Sept. 1, 2012 - Sept. 7, 2013 California, 3-0 8 Sept. 25-Nov. 20, 2010 Northern Illinois, 3-0 7 Oct. 17, 2008-Aug. 28, 2009 #10 Illinois, 3-0 6 Oct. 22, 2005-Sept. 2, 2006 Iowa, 3-2
As A Ranked Team Creighton enters Tuesday ranked No. 24 nationally. All-time, Creighton is 11-2 when playing as a ranked team in the AVCA poll, including a 1-1 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 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
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 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 hosted Cal, which received enough points to finish 37th in the voting. Even after two difficult weeks, three of Creighton’s next seven contests come against teams receiving votes in the Sept. 9th AVCA Top 25 poll (Cal State Northridge, UCLA, Hawai’i). 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.
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 3-48 all-time against ranked schools (3-32 under Kirsten Bernthal Booth). That includes an 0-26 road record, 1-17 at home and 2-5 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
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 2013 0-0 4-1 Total 48-45 284-272
2-0 Better Than 0-2 Creighton is 183-8 (.958) all-time when leading a match 2-0, including a 125-2 mark under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. They own an 86-4 all-time mark in home matches they lead 2-0 in. Conversely, the Jays are 7-172 (.039) all-time when trailing a match 0-2, including an 0-59 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 191-1 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
Booth Picks Up Win 300 Kirsten Bernthal Booth enters this week with 303 career college wins. She picked up victory No. 300 on Aug. 30 vs. No. 13 BYU. Booth claimed 112 wins at Kirkwood (Iowa) Junior College and has won 191 matches since arriving at Creighton in 2003. Booth’s 191 wins at Creighton are 123 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). Two of the four teams (Kansas and UCLA) that Creighton will face this week 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 3-1 TOTAL 40-96 TOTAL Under Booth 37-61
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 nine home matches this season. The matches will air on KZOT (1180 AM) and KOIL (1290 AM) and be webcast online at www.gocreighton.com as well. The pre-match show typically 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 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 162-18 overall under Kirsten Bernthal Booth when it wins set one. In that same time span, CU is just 27-102 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.
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.
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