OMAHA, Neb. — The Creighton Volleyball team returned to its winning ways on Friday night with a convincing 3-0 sweep of TCU before 1,085 fans at D.J Sokol Arena. Scores of the match were 25-19, 25-23, 25-20.
Jaali Winters led a balanced Bluejay attack with 13 kills and nine digs, while Taryn Kloth (11) and Marysa Wilkinson (10) also tallied double-figure kill totals. Lydia Dimke set the Jays to a .355 hitting percentage and notched 42 assists and nine digs in addition to her first ace of the season.
TCU (4-2) was led by even kills each by Ashleigh Martin, Sarita Mikals and Regan McGuire.
Creighton (3-4) never trailed in the first set en route to a 25-19 victory, hitting .469 in the frame. Kloth had six kills as Dimke dished 13 assists. That duo served CU to a 6-1 lead and the Horned Frogs got no closer than two (15-13 and 16-14) the rest of the set. CU pulled awaywith a three-point serving run by Winters to move ahead 19-14, and Megan Ballenger‘s kill capped the 25-19 set one triumph.
Winters and Wilkinson did the majority of the damage in the second set, accounting for 11 of CU’s 19 kills as Dimke spread around 15 more assists. TCU took its first lead of the night at 19-18 and later was ahead 20-19 beofre CU regrouped. The hosts scored four of the final six points, including a kill from Winters on a block error by TCU.
A serving error on the first point of the third set marked the only time Creighton trailed in the finale. Winters and Foje served during a 7-1 surge as CU pulled ahead. The Horned Frogs didn’t go quietly, closing within 21-19, before a kill from Wilkinson and two more from Jess Bird combined with a TCU attack error during a match-ending 4-1 run. Wilkinson led all women with four kills in the last set, while Dimke distributed 14 assists.
Creighton’s victory on Friday clinched the Bluejay Invitational title for Kansas, a 3-1 winner (2512, 24-26, 25-17, 25-13) over Chattanooga. The Jayhawks finished the event 2-0 and will finish as the event’s only unbeaten.
Creighton (3-4) returns to action on Saturday at 7 pm when it closes the Bluejay Invitational with a match vs. Chattanooga (5-3).