-- Megan Bober
had a triple-double and Melanie Jereb
added a double-double as Creighton Volleyball won its program-record ninth straight match, 3-1, at Bradley on Friday night. Scores in favor of CU were 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-15.
Creighton improved to 21-3 on the year, matching a school-record for wins in a season done three times previously. Creighton is atop the MVC with a 12-1 league mark heading into Saturday night's 6 pm showdown with three-time defending Valley champ Northern Iowa, which stands one-half game back at 12-2 in league action.
Bober finished with 45 assists, 12 digs and 11 kills, and has now recorded a triple-double in each of CU's last four matches vs. Bradley. Jereb, a freshman who hails from Cary, Illinois, had 14 kills and 16 digs for her fifth double-double.
Bradley was paced by 12 kills each from Madelyn Ervin and Alise Tupuritis.
"Our back court defense, overall, was solid," said CU head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth
. "We did a nice job fighting to keep balls up and then transitioning for kills."
Creighton got long serving runs from Katie Neisler
, Kate Elman
and Kelli Browning
in the first set to build a 19-6 lead and cruised to a 25-13 win. Michelle Sicner
had five of her 11 kills in the opening frame, while Heather Thorson
had four spikes in a set that saw CU hit a blistering .393.
In the second set, Creighton bolted to a 6-2 lead, only to see BU battle back to knot the score at 9-all. Creighton would slowly pull away to win 25-18 and take a 2-0 lead into the break. Jereb had seven kills and eight digs in the set, while fellow freshman Elman added 11 of her match-high 25 digs in the frame.
Bradley led most of the third set, though CU would claw back to even the score at 20-all. Bradley would respond with a 4-2 run to get to set point, then took advantage of its second opportunity on a Bluejay service error. Jessie Tulacka came off the bench to notch six kills to lead BU's third set effort.
Creighton held a narrow 15-13 lead in the fourth set before Browning served up a 7-0 flurry that ended any drama. The victory was capped by an ace from freshman Ashley Jansen
. Leah McNary
had four kills in four swings to lead CU's fourth-set attack.
Creighton finished the night hitting .309 with 61 kills, seven aces, 84 digs and seven blocks. Bradley hit .145 with 45 kills, three aces, 64 digs and six blocks for the match.
After driving through the night to Cedar Falls,
Creighton returns to action on Saturday with a 6 pm match at Northern
Iowa. The match can be heard on KOIL (1290 AM) and is available to
JaysVideo subscribers via GoCreighton.com.
"The team has been playing hard and playing confidently," said Booth. "We will approach tomorrow's match against UNI the same way we approach every conference match. Our focus up to this point has been strictly on Bradley. We will now shift gears and prepare for a very good UNI team. It should be a great atmosphere and we look forward to the challenge."