OMAHA, Neb. -- Megan Bober was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week and the Creighton Volleyball team is up one spot to No. 27 in this week's AVCA Division I coaches poll, the highest mark in program history. CU earned 31 points, one point out of 26th place and just 72 points out of an elusive top-25 ranking.
The Bluejays are off to their best 23-match start in program history
with a 20-3 record, and alone in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference with an 11-1 league mark. This start has helped the Jays receive votes in
the AVCA Top 25 poll for the eighth time this season.
Creighton also jumped up two spots to No. 32 in the NCAA's RPI, which is significantly higher than
a No. 41 rank at a similar time two years ago (Nov. 1, 2010), when CU
went on to earn an at-large bid and reach the second round of the NCAA
A senior from Murdock, Neb., Bober averaged 11.57 assists, 4.14 digs, 1.57 blocks and 1.57 kills per set to claim MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time. Bober had 43 assists and a career-high 19 digs in Friday’s win over Evansville, adding four kills and two blocks. Bober had nine digs in the first set and seven more in the third set as CU never trailed in the 3-0 triumph. On Saturday, Bober approached the ultra-rare quadruple-double with 38 assists, 10 digs, nine blocks and seven kills on .263 hitting. Five of her blocks came in the third set, a 25-23 victory, that helped turn the momentum in a 3-1 victory. Bober’s 10 digs on Saturday made her the first player in MVC history with at least 700 kills, 3,900 assists, 350 blocks and 1,000 digs in a career. Saturday’s win avenged CU’s only league loss of the season, set a program record with its ninth straight home victory, and tied a program record with its eighth straight win overall.
Statistically, sophomore Kelli Browning
ranks second in the nation in blocking, averaging 1.73 blocks per set.
Browning also ranks 10 nationally in hitting percentage at .407. That makes her one of two players nationally to rank in the top-10 in both categories, joining Florida State's Ashley Neff. The
only other Bluejay ranked in the top-100 of any category is Kate Elman, who is 60th with 4.99 digs per set, a figure that ranks fifth-best among freshmen nationwide.
As a team, the Jays average of 3.18 stuffs per set ranks third
nationally. Creighton is also ranked among the top-100 in winning
percentage (12th, .870), hitting percentage (35th, .252), digs per set
(34th, 17.33) and kills per set (84th, 13.39).
Creighton plays a pair of road matches this weekend, taking on Bradley at 7 pm on Friday and then Northern Iowa at 6 pm on Saturday.