CU Volleyball Falls From Polls After Weekend

After splitting matches with Xavier and Butler, the Jays are unranked for the first time this season.

Creighton volleyball began life in the BIG EAST Conference this weekend with a two game road trip that took them to Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Friday, the Bluejays faced Butler at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, losing in four sets. On Saturday, CU bounced back defeating Xavier in four. After the weekend, CU is now 10-4, 1-1 in conference play, but did fall from the rankings for the first time since October 29 of last year.

Friday, October 4

In the Jays conference opener, Creighton (9-4, 0-1) took the opening set 26-24 before losing 25-20, 25-17 and 25-22. Leah McNary again led the team in kills with 15 and Melanie Jereb also reached double figures, adding 10 kills. Michelle Sicner recorded 42 assists in the match. CU, after the first set, couldn't consistently attack with .167, .083 and .122 after starting at .250. The No. 22 Bluejays defense was also under constant pressure as Butler (14-3, 1-1) had four players with 10 or more kills.

Saturday, October 5

A day after losing their conference opener, the Jays (10-4, 1-1) bounced back to get their first BIG EAST win at Xavier (9-7, 2-1). CU again won a close first set 25-23. They then lost set two 25-20 before closing out the match by winning the final sets 25-18 and 25-22. Lauren Smith led the way with 15 kills with McNary right behind her at 14. Sicner dished out 48 assists in the match. A day after having eight blocks as a team, the Bluejays had 11 in the victory.

Rankings: Creighton entered the weekend at 22nd but fell from the polls after the 1-1 weekend for the first time since October 29, 2012. In the RPI the Jays are 10th, while Sunday's opponent, Marquette, is 15th this week.

Next: Friday night, Creighton plays their first BIG EAST home match Friday night against DePaul at 7 p.m., then hosts Marquette on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.. This begins a four-match home stand that will continue next weekend. Radio will be available for Friday and Sunday on KZOT 1290 for those unable to make it to D.J. Sokol Arena.

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