Creighton Volleyball Returns to Wichita

Another weekend, another 2-1 performance for Bernthal Booth's squad.

No. 23 Creighton returned to a familiar site last weekend as they were in Wichita for the Shocker Volleyball Classic.

The Bluejays faced No. 7 Hawaii on Friday, South Dakota on Saturday, and host Wichita State on Sunday afternoon. CU put together another 2-1 weekend and is now 9-3 on the season, heading into conference play this weekend.

Friday, September 20

The No. 23 Jays (7-3) played two five-set matches this weekend with the first coming against the No. 7 Hawaii (10-1). Creighton fell behind 0-2 early, losing 25-17 and 25-16 before taking the next two sets 25-19 and 25-20. The Warriors took the deciding fifth set 15-9. Leah McNary, Jess Bird and Lauren Smith each reached double digits in kills during the five-set match. CU's offense was held at bay all night by Hawaii defense that held the Jays attack to .155 for the match.

Saturday, September 21

Saturday night, the Bluejays (8-3) had a much easier time with South Dakota (9-6), winning in three sets 25-19, 25-20 and 25-19. The offensive attack was balanced, with no Jays in double figures for kills. Melanie Jereb led the Bluejays a team-high nine. Michelle Sicner dished out 30 more assists a night after having 40 against Hawaii. CU out blocked the Coyotes 9-8 a night after being out blocked 16-5.

Sunday, September 22

In the tournament finale, two former MVC rivals met in another thrilling five-set match at Koch Arena. Wichita State (11-3) made a statement with a convincing 25-16 victory in the opening set. Creighton (9-3) took the next two 25-18 and 25-20. Trailing 2-1 in the fourth the Shockers sent the match to a deciding fifth set winning 25-18. The Jays took control when the teams switched sides, winning 15-9 in the final set and closing out another 2-1 weekend. McNary led the Bluejays with 17 kills. Smith added 14, Kelli Browning contributed 10, while Sicner finished with 45 assists.

Honors: Jess Bird and Kate Elman made the All-Tournament team. Hawaii won the tournament going 3-0 on the weekend.

Odds and Ends: Creighton is now 22-21 against Wichita State. The Jays have beaten the Shockers in five sets the last two seasons and are 2-1 in five sets this season. Kirsten Bernthal Booth is 35-18 as head coach in five-set matches, and it was the 50th five-set win in program history.

Next: Friday night, CU volleyball travels to Indianapolis, Indiana to open BIG EAST Conference play against the Butler Bulldogs at 6 pm. Sunday, they'll travel to Cincinnati and take on the Xavier Musketeers in a 3 pm match.

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