Volleyball Pounds Sycamores in Road Win; Moves Into 2nd Place

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Heather Thorson
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Creighton Volleyball team trailed just once while claiming its 14th consecutive victory over Indiana State, winning by scores of 25-21, 25-9, 25-19 on Friday night at ISU Arena.

Creighton improves to 14-10 on the season and is 9-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Combined with UNI's rally from two sets down at Missouri State tonight, the Bluejays moved into sole possession of second place in the MVC, one-half game ahead of MSU and Wichita State (both 8-3 in MVC). Indiana State fell to 10-13 (2-10 MVC) with the setback.

The Jays never trailed in either of the first two sets, and only fell behind 3-1 in the third set before rebounding to complete its 13th sweep in the past 14 meetings with the Sycamores.

"We started quick in each of the first two sets, and that helps a great deal," said Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth. "Set three was a little tighter, but we opened things up and did a nice job continuing to sideout and not letting them get on runs to get the win.

"I thought ISU played very well defensively and they out-dug us, but our hitters needed to step up to terminate and did that."

Behind four blocks in the first set, Creighton raced to leads of 6-0 and 17-6 and never looked back. The Sycamores did rally to within 23-20 late, before CU won the set 25-21 on a kill by Laurel Sanford and an ISU attack error. Heather Thorson led CU with three kills and two blocks in the first set, which saw CU hold ISU to .073 hitting.

Creighton would never trail in the second set either, racing to a 12-1 lead thanks to an extended serving run by Megan Bober that featured four aces. The Jays held ISU's attack to two kills and -.185 hitting, while managing 11 kills on .333 themselves.

The third set saw Indiana State hang with CU for a while until a 3-0 run gave the Jays a 21-16 lead before coasting to victory.

Thorson had 11 kills on .667 hitting in 15 swings, her second straight match hitting .600 or better. Bober had a solid all-around night as well, finishing with 20 assists, nine digs, eight kills and a career-best four aces. CU hit .274 and finished with 40 kills, 47 digs, five aces and eight blocks.

Indiana State was led by Monique Morris, who had 11 kills and nine digs, while Valley kill leader Morgan Dall had eight kills in her first action in more than a month. No other Sycamore had more than three kills. ISU had 27 kills, 55 digs, four aces and two blocks on .048 hitting.

Creighton remains on the road tomorrow and will play a 7 pm contest in Normal, Ill., when it takes on Illinois State. That game can be heard in Omaha on KOIL (1180 AM) and on-line at gocreighton.com.

NOTES: Creighton has won 14 straight meetings with Indiana State, including sweeps in 13 of those matches ... Creighton's 28-9 record against Indiana State matches its most wins against any opponent (also Southern Illinois) ... The team to win the first set has won the last 16 meetings between the schools ...Morgan Dall, who led the MVC in kills per set in 2010 (and is again in 2011), made her first appearance since Sept. 24 after healing from a leg injury ... Second-place Creighton will play the fifth-place (Illinois State), third-place (Wichita State and Missouri State) and first-place UNI in its next four matches.

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