Volleyball Heads to Milwaukee for Marquette Invitational

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Brianne Fliss is Creighton's lone Wisconsin native.
Courtesy: Eric Francis

This Weekend
Sept. 10    Noon    Creighton vs. Toledo (1180 KOIL)    Milwaukee, Wis. (Al McGuire Center)
Sept. 10    7:30 pm    Creighton at Marquette (1180 KOIL)    Milwaukee, Wis. (Al McGuire Center)
Sept. 11    5:30 pm (UPDATED!)    Creighton vs. Central Michigan (1180 KOIL)    Milwaukee, Wis. (Al McGuire Center)

This Weekend
Creighton (3-4) plays its final non-conference matches of the regular-season when it travels to Milwaukee, Wis., to play in the Marquette Invitational.
    Creighton begins play on Friday at noon with a match vs. Toledo (4-2). At 7:30 pm that same night, the Bluejays will take on host Marquette (3-3).
    Creighton concludes play on Saturday at 5:30 pm (UPDATED!) vs. Central Michigan (3-3).
    All matches will be played at the Al McGuire Center (4,000).

Radio Broadcast Information
All three matches this weekend will be broadcast on radio by KOIL (1180 AM).
    The match will also be streamed live free on-line at http://www.gocreighton.com, then clicking on the Live Audio tab on the left sidebar. Brad Burwell and Rob Anderson will call the action.

Video Webcast Information
Only matches involving Marquette will be video webcast this weekend.
    To sign up for the video, you must visit http://www.gomarquette.com/allaccess. There is no cost.

Live Stats Information
All of this weekend’s matches will have free live stats. Visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the Live Stats tab on the left-hand side of the page for links the exact link.

Scouting Creighton
Creighton is 3-4 after two weeks of play. The Bluejays own wins over San Francisco (3-1), Saint Louis (3-0) and Wake Forest (3-0), but have lost to Lipscomb (3-1), Kansas (3-1), No. 7 Nebraska (3-0) and Iowa (3-2).
    Creighton has been led by its three healthy seniors. OH Allie Oelke averages 2.62 kills and 4.04 digs per set, while OH/RS Alicia Runge leads the team with 4.38 kills per set. Defensively, Nayka Benitez averages 5.38 digs per set and owns four aces.
    Setting the Bluejay offense is sophomore Megan Bober, who averages 10.04 assists, 2.15 digs, 1.04 blocks and 1.23 kills per set.
    Creighton averages 12.77 kills, 18.58 digs, 2.60 blocks and 0.85 aces per set while hitting .187 as a team.
    The Bluejays return 11 letterwinners and four starters from last year’s team that finished 14-17 overall and tied for fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 10-8 league record.
    Creighton is picked fourth (of 10) in the MVC this fall.

Scouting Toledo
Toledo is 4-2 on the season, including a title at the Rocket Classic on the opening week of the season. The Rockets own wins over Loyola (3-1), Binghamton (3-0), No. 12 Michigan (3-2) and Furman (3-1), but have lost to Alabama (3-0) and UAB (3-0).
    Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt tops the team with 3.32 kills per set while also ranking second with 3.59 digs per set. Also averaging more than two kills per set is freshman OH Lauren Rafdal (2.10 kps.) and freshman MB Dakota Harkins (2.06 kps., .358%). Sophomore MB Bethany Irwin leads UT with 1.13 blocks per set.
    Junior S Kassie Kadera averages 9.91 assists per set while running the Rocket offense. She was named Tournament MVP after UT’s win over Michigan. Senior Katie Westerfeld owns a team-best 4.50 digs per set as the libero.
    Toledo averages 12.32 kills, 1.45 aces, 16.09 digs and 2.14 blocks per set while hitting .184 as a team.
    Toledo was picked fourth (of six) in the Mid-American Conference West Division.   

Scouting Marquette
Marquette is 3-3 on the season heading into its first home weekend of the year. The Golden Eagles have swept Stony Brook, Denver and UC Irvine for its three wins, but lost to No. 6 Minnesota (3-0), No. 3 Stanford (3-1) and Saint Mary’s (3-2) in its three setbacks.
    Preseason all-BIG EAST pick Ashley Beyer averages 3.57 kills and 2.19 digs while serving up a team-best 0.29 aces per set. Not far behind is Rabbecka Gonyo, who averages 3.14 kills per set and hits a staggering .458 thus far.
    Another all-BIG EAST preseason pick, setter Nikki Klingsporn, averages 11.48 assists and 2.62 digs per set.
    Marquette averages 13.76 kills, 1.14 aces, 13.81 digs and 1.67 blocks per set while hitting .265 as a team.
    Marquette was picked fourth (of 15) in the preseason BIG EAST poll.

Scouting Central Michigan
Central Michigan is 3-3 on the year after beating Niagara (3-1), Howard (3-0) and Youngstown State (3-0) to win the Youngstown State Invitational last weekend.  It was a marked turnaround from the previous weekend, when CMU lost to No. 24 Northern Iowa (3-0), Purdue (3-0) and Western Kentucky (3-1).
    The Chippewas are led by Lauren Krupsky’s 3.50 kills per set. The senior outside also hits an impressive .266.
    Also averaging multiple kills is Val DeWeerd (2.32 kps., .301%) and Kaitlyn Schultz (2.21 kps.).
    Running CMU’s offense is Catherine Ludwig, who aveages 9.55 assists per set.
    Central Michigan averages 12.05 kills, 1.65 aces, 11.45 digs and 1.80 blocks per set while hitting .211 as a team.
    CMU was picked first (of six) in the Mid-American Conference West Division for the first time in school history.

The Coaches
Creighton is coached by Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Truman State, 1997), who owns a 123-93 record in her eighth 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.
     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.
    Toledo is coached by Greg Smith, who owns a 102-108 mark in his eighth year as a head coach and is 21-14 in his second season with the Rockets. He is assisted by Abbey Szlanfucht and Rachel Wagener.
    Marquette is coached by Bond Shymansky, who owns a 21-15 mark in his second year at Marquette. Add in his seven years at Georgia Tech and his career record stands at 193-79. He is assisted by Craig Dyer and Michaela Franklin.
    Central Michigan is led by Erik Olson, who is 88-97 in his seventh season with the Chippewas. Olson is assisted by Dave Zelenock, Bethany Martin and Emily Carle.

Series History vs.  Toledo
Creighton has never faced Toledo or coach Greg Smith.

Series History vs. Marquette
Creighton beat Marquette in the only previous meeting between the schools, claiming a 3-2 (30-26, 28-30, 25-30, 30-22, 16-14) victory over the Golden Eagles on Sept. 11, 2005 in Boulder, Colo. In that match, Creighton overcame a 12-9 fifth-set deficit to earn the win.
    Creighton was led by 20 kills from Leah Ratzlaff, 17 from Abby Baumann, 16 from Kelly Goc and 15 from Jessica Houts.
    Kirsten Bernthal Booth is 1-0 vs. Marquette but has never coached against Bond Shymansky.   

Series History vs. Central Michigan
Creighton has never faced Central Michigan or coach Erik Olson.

Regular-Season Tournament History
Creighton is 51-62 in the 38 regular-season tournaments it has participated in all-time, including a 3-3 mark this year. Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s teams are 32-29 in 22 regular-season tournaments, including five titles.
    The last tournament title came Sept. 9-10, 2006, when CU won the Blue Raider Bash hosted by Middle Tennessee with wins over Saint Louis, Miami (Ohio) and Middle Tennessee.
    Creighton had won just two of 16 regular-season tournaments prior to Booth’s arrival.

Brew City History
This weekend will mark Creighton Volleyball’s second trip to Milwaukee.
    The Bluejays participated in the UW-Milwaukee Invittional on Sept. 1-2, 1995. On that weekend, Creighton beat Western Illinois and UMKC but lost to UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay. Those contests were held on the UWM campus at the Klotsche Center.

The Jesuit Way
Creighton’s non-conference volleyball schedule has consisted of weekends with tournaments hosted by Creighton, Saint Louis and Marquette.
    The three schools, often compared to one another, also boast newer on-campus arenas where the volleyball and women’s basketball teams play.
    In addition to the three aforementioned schools, the nation’s other 25 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) include Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Loyola (Ill.), John Carroll, Detroit, Georgetown, Loyola (Md.), Scranton, Wheeling Jesuit, Regis, Rockhurst, Xavier, Boston College, Holy Cross, Fairfield, Loyola (La.), Spring Hill, Canisius, Fordham, LeMoyne, St. Peter’s, Gonzaga, Seattle and Saint Joseph’s (Pa.).
    Creighton has already beaten Saint Louis and San Francisco, and will look to make it a clean sweep of its Jesuit brethren on Friday night with a win over Marquette.

Comeback For The Ages Falls Short
Creighton posted a comeback for the ages on Sept. 4, surviving seven different match point opportunities before eventually falling 20-18 in the fifth set of a match vs. Iowa.
    Creighton trailed 14-9 before winning five consecutive points to tie the score. Creighton also held on when facing match point at 15-14 and 18-17.
    Iowa also survived multiple match points, getting sideouts with CU serving for the match at 16-15 and 17-16.
    The combined 38 points between Creighton and Iowa in the fifth set were the most in school history. Below are the most points scored in a fifth set in school history. Creighton is 11-2 all-time when scoring 16 or more points in the fifth set of a match.
CU - Most Points Scored, 5th Set, School History
Score    Opponent    Date
W 19-17    vs. Idaho    09/02/00
W 19-17    Evansville    09/27/02
W 18-16    Evansville    11/14/98
W 18-16    vs. McNeese State    08/30/03
L 18-20    vs. Iowa    09/04/10
W 17-15    at Wichita State    10/13/06
W 17-15    at Drake    09/11/07
L 16-18    Drake    11/15/02
W 16-14    at Drake    09/13/97
W 16-14    at Evansville    11/04/00
W 16-14    Wichita State    10/10/03
W 16-14    vs. Marquette    09/11/05
W 16-14    at Northern Iowa    11/18/05

Runge & Bober Earn All-Tourney in St. Louis
A pair of Creighton players were named to the Marcia E. Hamilton Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team last weekend in St. Louis.
    Senior OH Alicia Runge earned the honor after averaging 4.91 kills and 0.55 blocks per set while hitting .254 in three matches. Runge led CU in kills all three matches, including a career-high 26 vs. Iowa.
    Also recognized was sophomore setter Megan Bober. Bober averaged 10.55 assists, 2.45 digs, 1.00 blocks and 1.45 kills per set, helping Creighton to .228 hitting.
    Iowa’s Bethany Yeager was named MVP, and joined on the All-Tournament Team by Mallory Husz (Iowa), Alyssa Deno (Saint Louis) and Kelsey Jones (Wake Forest).

Tied For First, But Second Place
Though Creighton finished with a 2-1 mark that was identical to Iowa’s final record at the Marcia E. Hamilton Active Ankle Challenge, it was the Hawkeyes who celebrated with the team title.
    With two teams finished at 2-1, Iowa won the tiebreaker by virtue of its head-to-head victory over Creighton.
    Had Saint Louis been able to maintain its 5-0 lead early in the fifth set to defeat Iowa in the tournament finale, Creighton would have won the event since Creighton defeated Saint Louis head-to-head.

Seven Straight For Runge
Alicia Runge has been on a tear to start her senior season, leading Creighton in kills in all seven matches to date.
    She’s averaging a league-best 4.38 kills per set, including 4.91 last weekend.
    Runge, who also tied for the Creighton kills lead in the 2009 season finale vs. Northern Iowa,  is the first person to lead Creighton in kills per set in eight straight matches since Leah Ratzlaff, who had a streak of 14 straight in 2005 to begin her senior season.

Savannah Smith Shines; Named MVC FOW
True freshman MB Savannah Smith had a big weekend in St. Louis, averaging 1.55 kills, 1.64 blocks and hitting .350 in three matches.
    Smith had seven blocks and four kills vs. Saint Louis, five kills and seven blocks while hitting .385 vs. Iowa, and wrapped up her weekend with a career-best eight kills, four blocks and .389 hitting versus Wake Forest.
    Smith is Creighton’s first freshman to pound five or more kills while hitting .385 or better in consecutive matches since Amanda Cvejdlik on Nov. 11-12, 2005.
    For her efforts, Smith was named MVC Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Sanford Shakes Off Injury
Creighton went just 1-3 as junior MB Laurel Sanford missed four matches with a bad ankle, but her return to the line-up coincided with Creighton’s play improving last weekend.
    Sanford played her usual front-line rotation in Creighton’s final six sets last week, with CU winning five of those.
    In that time, Sanford averaged 2.17 kills, 1.17 blocks and 1.17 digs per set while hitting .393.
    Sanford is hitting .270 this season and averages 1.88 kills and 1.00 blocks per set.

Mandolfo Digs Deep
Freshman DS Julianne Mandolfo became the second player (and first non-libero) in school history to record 10 or more digs in the first six matches of her career, a streak that was snapped on Sept. 4 vs. Wake Forest.
    Mandolfo’s 13 digs in her debut vs. San Francisco were third-most in school history, and tops of any non-libero.
    Former libero Bianca Rivera owns the school record with 10 or more digs in the first 27 matches of her career in 2007.

Runge On Bluejay Invite All-Tourney Team
Alicia Runge was Creighton’s top offensive weapon all weekend at the Bluejay Invitational, and that excellence was rewarded with a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
    Runge led Creighton in kills during all three matches, including 18 vs. San Francisco and 19 versus Lipscomb. Both of those matches eclipsed her 2009 high of 17 kills in a contest.
    Runge was joined on the All-Tournament Team by San Francisco’s Joan Caloiaro, Lipscomb’s Jake Pease and Alex Kelly, and the Kansas tandem of Allison Mayfield and Karina Garlington. Garlington was named tournament MVP.

Almgren All Over
Junior Karisa Almgren had a breakthrough weekend at the Bluejay Invitational, posting 25 kills and nine blocks on .250 hitting in 60 swings.
    Compare that to her first two years with the Bluejays, when Almgren amassed 18 total kills and nine total blocks.
    Almgren’s top offensive match of the weekend saw her claim single-match career highs with 11 kills and five blocks vs. Lipscomb.
    She eclipsed that personal best with 12 kills while hitting .400 in a three-set victory over Saint Louis on Sept. 3.

Thunder Of Thorson
Karisa Almgren isn’t the only Bluejay that has stepped up, as sophomore Heather Thorson also showed off her improved skills.
    Thorson averages 1.12 kills per set as well as 1.04 blocks per set. That includes a career-best nine kills vs. Kansas on Aug. 28.
    Thorson owns 29 kills and 27 blocks this year after posting 29 kills and 22 blocks her entire freshman campaign.

Record Watch
Allie Oelke enters this weekend ranking eighth in Creighton history with 1,022 career digs. She reached the 1,000 dig mark in Creighton’s 3-0 win over Saint Louis on Sept. 3, the 94th match of her career.
    If Oelke can duplicate the 379 digs she had last year, she’ll finish second in school history in career digs.
    Oelke also ranks sixth in Creighton history with 32 career double-doubles, including two in the opening weekend. All but five of those double-doubles have come against Missouri Valley Conference competition.
    Below is a list of the quickest players in Creighton history to reach 1,000 career digs.
Creighton’s Quickest Players To 1,000 Digs
Name    MP    Date    Opponent
Bianca Rivera    53    11/08/08    Illinois State
Kailey Reyes    77    09/01/01    vs. Texas-San Antonio
Janeen Piller    80    09/25/04    at Missouri State
Melissa Walsh    85    09/08/01    at #24 Santa Clara
Allie Oelke    94    09/03/10    at Saint Louis
Melissa Weisensee    97    10/04/97    at Missouri State
Sarah Schulze    101    11/13/09    Southern Illinois
Korie Lebeda    108    10/17/08    Evansville

Going Streaking
Before being limited to just five digs on Aug. 31 vs. Nebraska, Allie Oelke had owned 10 or more digs in each of her previous 18 matches. That was the fourth-longest streak in school history, and is the longest mark by any Bluejay outside hitter.
Consecutive Matches, 10 or More Digs
    43    Janeen Piller, Oct. 10, 2003-Nov. 26, 2004
    27    Bianca Rivera, Aug. 24-Nov. 9, 2007
    19    Bianca Rivera, Sept. 20-Nov. 28, 2008
    18    Allie Oelke, Oct. 10, 2009 - Aug. 28, 2010
    15    Abby Baumann, Sept. 15-Nov. 3, 2006
    15    Katie Mehal, Oct. 6-Nov. 24, 2006

Last Year Summary
Creighton went 14-17 last year but managed to finish tied for fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 10-8 league record.
    Senior Jessica Houts ranked 12th nationally with 1.44 blocks per set and earned a spot on the all-Valley First Team for a second straight season. The stellar blocking of Houts as well as Laurel Sanford (1.30 bps.) and Megan Bober (0.93) helped Creighton rank third nationally in blocks per set.
    The 2009 season saw Creighton move into a new on-campus home, D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center, as the program hosted the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time.

Hello World!
Three of the 16 players on Creighton’s 2010 team have still never played a point at the Division I level. Freshmen Brianne Fliss, Natalie Hackbarth and Lexi Malm could all make their  Division I debut this weekend. Below is the current Creighton players and how they performed in their regular-season collegiate debuts.
    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) and Julianne Mandolfo (2010).
Year    Name    SP    K    E    TA    Pct.    A    SA    DIG    TB
2009    Alicia Runge    3    9    4    20    .250    1    2    5    3
2009    Megan Bober•    3    7    0    11    .636    32    0    2    1
2007    Allie Oelke•    3    4    7    24    -.125    1    3    6    3
2010    Savannah Smith    4    3    1    7    .286    0    0    1    2
2009    Heather Thorson•    3    3    0    6    .500    0    0    0    2
2008    Laurel Sanford    2    2    0    2    1.000    0    0    0    0
2006    Lauren Bloemke    3    1    1    6    .000    2    0    0    4
2010    J. Mandolfo•    4    0    0    0    ---    1    0    13    0
2009    Nayka Benitez    3    0    0    0    ---    7    1    15    0
2009    Brooke Boggs•    3    0    0    0    ---    0    0    3    0
2009    Brittany Moon    1    0    0    0    ---    0    0    1    0
2008    Karisa Almgren    1    0    0    0    ---    0    1    0    0
2009    Lisa Greisch    2    0    0    0    ---    0    0    0    0

Bloemke Out With Injury
Fifth-year senior MB Lauren Bloemke will miss the 2010 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the final week of July. Bloemke had surgery on the knee on August 17th.
    Bloemke, who missed most of last season after tearing the ACL in her left knee in the spring of 2009, will remain involved with the program as a student assistant coach and remains on pace to graduate in the spring.
    Bloemke ranks 19th in school history with 478 career kills and ninth in both career block assists (218) and career total blocks (254).

Bober’s The Best At Blocking
Last season Creighton setter Megan Bober had 107 blocks, easily the most ever in one year by a Creighton setter. In doing so, she became the first player in Creighton history to have both 100 blocks and 100 assists in the same season.
    In fact, Bober’s 0.93 blocks per set led the country among setters, and she was the nation’s only player to average at least 0.9 blocks and 7.5 assists per set.
    She’s off to a quick start as a sophomore, averaging 1.04 blocks per set.

Taking The Fifth
Creighton is 21-12 in five-set matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. 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    0-1    3-4
Total    36-40    216-245

2-0 Better Than 0-2
Creighton is 140-8 (.946) all-time when leading a match 2-0, including an 81-2 mark under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. They own a 68-4 all-time mark in home matches they lead 2-0 in.
    Conversely, the Jays are 6-154 (.038) all-time when trailing a match 0-2, including an 0-52 mark in those home matches. Those six 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

Survival of the Fittest
Creighton has won four matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth after surviving an opponent’s match point. On the other hand, Creighton is 123-1 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 loss.
Surviving Match Points, Under Booth
Date    Opponent    MP(s) Faced    Final Set 5
09/11/07    at Drake    13-14, 14-15    17-15
10/13/06    at Wichita State    12-14, 13-14, 14-15    17-15
10/10/03    Wichita State    13-14    16-14
08/30/03    vs. McNeese State    13-14, 15-16    18-16

Production Returning
Creighton returns 11-of-14 letterwinners from last season. Below is a breakdown of the production that returns:
Stat    Returners    Departures
Assists    1256 (94.8%)     69 (5.2%)
Aces    90 (80.4%)    22 (19.6%)
Digs    1377 (75.2%)    454 (24.8%)
Matches Started    129 (69.4%)    57 (30.6%)
Blocks    242.0 (68.3%)    112.5 (31.7%)
Points    1274.0 (67.7%)    607.5 (32.3%)
Kills    942 (66.6%)    473 (33.4%)

Game 1 Result = Match Result
In its last 108 matches in which it wins set one, Creighton is 97-11. CU is 104-15 overall under Kirsten Bernthal Booth when they win set one. In that same time span, CU is just 19-78 under Booth when it drops the first set.

The Votes Add Up
Creighton has eight matches scheduled against teams that received votes in the preseason AVCA Top 25 poll. Four of those squads will visit D.J. Sokol Arena, including No. 2 Nebraska, No. 24 Northern Iowa and votegetters Wichita State and Missouri State.
    Creighton also plays on the road at No. 24 Northern Iowa as well as votegetters Saint Louis, Wichita State and Missouri State.

Preseason MVC Poll
Creighton has been picked fourth in a preseason poll of Missouri Valley Conference coaches. Defending regular-season champion Northern Iowa was the unanimous pick to win the league, with Missouri State and Wichita State second and third. Creighton fourth and Drake fifth. Rounding out the rest of the league was Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Evansville, Indiana State and Bradley.
    Each of the past seven years Creighton has finished in the spot predicted of them or better in the preseason poll.
Year    Preseason Pick    Finish    Move
1994    11th    9th    #2
1995    9th    7th    #2
1996    9th    6th    #3
1997    8th    3rd    #5
1998    6th    8th    i2
1999    T-7th    5th    #2
2000    4th    T-4th    - -
2001    2nd    4th    i2
2002    7th    9th    i2
2003    9th    T-5th    #4
2004    5th    5th    - -
2005    5th    5th    - -
2006    4th    4th    - -
2007    3rd    T-2nd    #1
2008    3rd    2nd    #1
2009    4th    T-4th    - -
2010    4th    ???    ???

AVCA Honors CU Volleyball For Academics
The Creighton volleyball program was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as a recipient of the 2010 AVCA Team Academic Award. Creighton previously won the award in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 are one of eight Division I schools nationwide to win the award in seven consecutive campaigns.
    The award honors teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Last fall the Bluejay volleyball team posted a combined GPA of 3.50.

Huskers Returned To Campus, Finally
Aug. 31 marked Nebraska volleyball’s first visit the Creighton campus since 1980, when the Huskers swept a best-of-three contest at Kiewit Center.
    Since then, Creighton had twice hosted its in-state rival, but both of those matches took place at Qwest Center Omaha.

Crowd Control
The Aug. 31 crowd of 2,514 fans vs. Nebraska was the fourth-largest home crowd in program history for match, and was the first sellout at D.J. Sokol Arena.
    Previously, the largest crowd at D.J. Sokol Arena had been the 2,285 that saw Creighton host Texas Tech last year on Aug. 28, 2009.
    Below are Creighton’s largest home volleyball crowds all-time. The top three crowds took place at Qwest Center Omaha.
Largest Home Crowds, Creighton VB History
    Att.    Opponent    Date    Site
    13,081    #18 Cal Poly    09/02/07    Qwest
    12,112    #1 Nebraska    09/24/06    Qwest
    8,037    #2 Nebraska    10/05/08    Qwest
    2,514    #7 Nebraska    08/31/10    Sokol
    2,285    Texas Tech    08/28/09    Sokol
    1,557    Northern Iowa    11/21/08    Civic
    1,357    Northern Iowa    10/20/07    Civic
    1,325    Indiana State    09/29/07    Civic
    1,319    Northern Iowa    10/06/06    Civic
    1,304    San Francisco    08/27/10    Sokol
    1,227    Middle Tennessee    08/24/07    Civic

Radio Broadcast Information
Brad Burwell and former Bluejay volleyball player Erin Swanson will broadcast at least 23 matches (12 home,  11 away) this season. The matches will air on KOIL (1180 AM) and KKAR (1290 AM) and be webcast on-line at www.gocreighton.com as well.
    The pre-match show 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:
2010 Volleyball Broadcast Schedule
Sept. 10    vs. Toledo (KOIL)
Sept. 10    at Marquette (KOIL)
Sept. 11    vs. Central Michigan (KOIL)
Sept. 24    Northern Iowa (KOIL)
Sept. 25    Bradley (KOIL)
Oct. 8    Missouri State (KOIL)
Oct. 9    Wichita State (KOIL)
Oct. 16    at Drake (KOIL)
Oct. 22    at Bradley (KOIL)
Oct. 23    at Northern Iowa (KOIL)
Oct. 29    Indiana State (KOIL)
Oct. 30    Illinois State (KOIL)
Nov. 5    at Wichita State (KOIL)
Nov. 6    at Missouri State (KOIL)
Nov. 13    Drake (KOIL)
Nov. 19    Evansville (KOIL)
Nov. 20    Southern Illinois (KOIL)
Nov. 25    at MVC Tournament (KOIL)
Nov. 26    at MVC Tournament (KOIL)
Nov. 27    at MVC Tournament (KOIL)

Creighton Ticket Information
Tickets to Creighton’s home regular-season matches are sold at all Ticketmaster outlets. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for youth (18 years of age or younger) for reserved seats and $7 (adult) and $4 (youth) for general admission seating. Children two and under are admitted free. Cost of tickets for the Aug. 31 match vs. Nebraska was $15 (reserved) and $12 for general admission.
    Season ticket information is available online at www.gocreighton.com or by calling (402) 280-JAYS. Creighton sold a school-record 890 season tickets for volleyball this year.

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