Jays' Win Streak Snapped on the Road

A weekend split with Marquette and DePaul slowed CU's momentum.

The Creighton Bluejays (15-5, 6-2 BIG EAST) took to the road this weekend, visiting Milwaukee and Chicago.

Friday night, Marquette swept CU (13-5, 5-1 BIG EAST), which could be considered payback for the Golden Eagles. Saturday, Coach Bernthal Booth's squad defeated DePaul (15-6, 1-6 BIG EAST) in four sets.

Creighton faced Marquette for the second time in three weeks on Friday. When the teams met at D.J. Sokol Arena, the Bluejays swept the Golden Eagles. Revenge was had on Friday as Marquette defeated CU in three sets by the scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-13, snapping the Jays' five-game win streak.

Standouts from the match included Jess Bird, who led the CU attack eight kills. Kelli Browning added six, Melanie Jereb had five and Michelle Sicner and Lauren Smith finished with four apiece. Sicner, whose double-double streak came to an end, had 25 assists. The CU offense was held at bay, hitting .164 in three sets.

The opponents out blocked the Bluejays 9-4 and hit .322 as a team. Autumn Bailey recorded a match-high 13 kills for the Golden Eagles, while Nele Barber was next in line with 12. Elizabeth Koberstein directed the Marquette offense with 36 assists.

Saturday afternoon, the team traveled south to "The Windy City" to take on DePaul. The Bluejays dispatched the Blue Demons in four sets for the second time this season. Creighton won 25-18, 22-25, 25-23 and 25-22.

Unlike Friday, the Creighton offense regained its form with four players in double digit kills. Leah McNary led CU with 16, Browning added 14, and Bird chipped in 13, while Smith rounded out the group with 11. As a team, the Jays hit .372. Sicner added 52 more assists to her season total.

DePaul's Abbie Fleener led all players with 20 kills, while Vesela Zapryanova contributed 17. Not to be outdone by Sicner, Colleen Smith had 55 assists in the defeat for the hosts. DePaul also out-blocked CU 11.5-9.

Creighton returns home this weekend with BIG EAST matches against St. John's at 5 pm on Friday and then Seton Hall Sunday at noon.

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