OMAHA, Neb. — No. 15 Creighton hit .446 in a 3-1 win over Georgetown on Friday night in the BIG EAST Volleyball opener for both teams. The hitting percentage is the best mark for any four-set match in school history.
Scores of the match in favor of the victorious hosts were 25-12, 25-11, 20-25, 25-11. It was Creighton’s 25th consecutive regular-season BIG EAST victory, the third-longest streak in league history.
Playing without BIG EAST Player of the Year Lydia Dimke for the second straight match, the Bluejays showed off their versatility by unveiling an offense that featured Samantha Bohnet and Megan Ballenger splitting time at the setter position. Bohnet dished 24 assists while Ballenger added 23 helpers to quarterback the Bluejays to their fourth-highest hitting percentage in school history for a match of any length. Ballenger also had eight kills, four digs and a block, while Bohnet served up three aces to equal her previous best done in last year’s visit to Omaha by Georgetown.
Taryn Kloth had her first career double-double, finishing with 15 kills and 10 digs, while junior classmate Jaali Winters also had a double-double with 15 kills and 13 digs. Kloth hit at a .542 clip, as did senior middle blocker Marysa Wilkinson, who finished with 14 kills. Brittany Witt tied her season-high with 20 digs. Creighton had 62 kills, five aces, 61 digs and six blocks overall.
Georgetown (6-7, 0-1 BIG EAST) was led by Symone Speech, who had 16 kills and hit .343. Kenzie Higareda had 16 digs and Paige McKnight tallied 32 assists and a dozen digs. GU hit .179 and finished with 40 kills, two aces, 43 digs and four blocks on the evening.
Creighton (8-4, 1-0 BIG EAST) never trailed in the opening two sets, finishing with 16 kills and one attack error in each frame. The Hoyas hit .400 in the third frame to win their first set in Omaha in 13 tries. GU took the lead on consecutive kills by Speech to move ahead 14-12. Up 22-20, Speech had a kill before Emily Herrington closed out the set with consecutive blocks. Speech had eight kills in the third frame.
The Bluejays reverted to their pre-intermission ways in the fourth set to dominate a 25-11 finale. Witt served up a 6-0 run as CU moved ahead 8-2, and the lead grew to 16-6 after Ballenger and Winters stuffed Madison Smith. A kill from Creighton freshman Naomi Hickmanclosed out the contest. CU had four blocks in the final set, holding the Hoyas to -.031 hitting in 31 swings. CU out-dug GU 19-9 in the fourth set.
Creighton hosts Villanova on Sunday at 1 pm.