PRAGUE, Czech Republic — The Creighton Volleyball team won a 3-1 match over Policejní Volejbalový Klub Olymp Praha on Wednesday to close out a five-match trip through Europe. The contest was played at Olymp Centrum Sportu Ministerstva Vnitra in Prague, Czech Republic, a smaller facility that was attached to a police station.
Creighton won the first three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-23, 25-16 before the teams elected to play a final set, won by the Czech team by a 25-19 margin.
Per Wikipedia, Policejní Volejbalový Klub Olymp Praha is a professional Czech women’s volleyball club based in Prague and currently playing in the Extraliga, the highest Czech league
After surrendering the first point of the match, a 7-0 serving run by Jaali Winters put Creighton in the lead for good in the first set. The Bluejays quickly extended that lead to 17-8 and 20-10 before closing out the frame on a kill by Megan Ballenger.
Freshman Jaela Zimmerman had six kills in the second set, including the final point of a 25-23 victory. CU trailed 18-16 before consecutive kills from Kelsey O’Connell tied the score. O’Connell rang the bell once again to knot the score at 21-all, and was part of a combo block that gave CU a 23-21 edge. The Jays squandered two set point opportunities before Zimmerman’s winner.
Creighton led 11-9 midway through the third set before aces from Winters, Brittany Witt and Madelyn Cole helped stretch the margin to 21-11. A service error by the Czech club clinched the match for CU.
The visiting Bluejays could not complete the 4-0 sweep over Policejní Volejbalový Klub Olymp Praha, which split four sets with UCLA on Wednesday. The Jays trailed just 16-14 before allowing a 4-0 run. Consecutive Keeley Davis aces got CU within 22-19 before the visitors finally fell short.
Winters paced CU with three of its 14 aces, and Kloth added 10 kills. Alexa Roumeliotis led CU with a dozen digs in the victory. Zimmerman finished with eight kills in 19 swings, while Ballenger added six kills. Naomi Hickman contributed five kills and five blocks.
The match was the final one in Europe for Creighton, which left on June 10 and returns late on Thursday night after a 23-hour travel day. The Bluejays finished 2-3 and spent time in Venice, Padua, Vienna, Austria, Bled and Prague among other cities while making countless memories and bonds both on and off the court.
For more information on the team’s adventures in Europe, search the hashtag #JaysGoEuro or visit http://gocreighton.com/JaysGoEuro.