No. 24 Creighton (7-1) 3 v. Denver (5-4) 2: The second match on Friday proved to be the tougher test against the hosts. After winning the first two sets 25-22 and 25-18, CU dropped the next two sets 21-25, 23-25 before winning the final set 15-11. Four Jays had 10 or more kills with Leah McNary leading the way with 15. Smith added 13, while Kelli Browning and Jess Bird contributed 10 apiece. Sicner dished out 49 assists while Kate Elman had a team high 17 digs.
Honors: McNary and Sicner represented CU on the All-Tournament team. McNary had 42 kills while averaging three-and-a-half kills and one block per set over the weekend, while Sicner averaged 10.42 assists and hit .393. Another honor bestowed upon the team went to Smith, who was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. In four games last week, Smith hit .406 against Kansas, Cal State Northridge, Denver and UCLA, including 2.50 kills and 1.44 blocks per set.
Polls: After a 3-1 week, with the only loss coming to No. 11 UCLA, the Jays moved up to 23 in the AVCA poll. CU already has four wins over teams that made the NCAA tournament a season ago.
Next: The Bluejays finish the non-conference slate at the Shocker Volleyball Classic, in Wichita. Creighton opens on Friday night against No. 7 Hawai'I at 5 p.m., then plays South Dakota Saturday at 5 p.m., and finishes the tournament Sunday against old rival Wichita State at 2 pm.
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