OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton Volleyball’s Megan Ballenger has been named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for the second straight week. Ballenger, a redshirt freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, averaged 3.30 points, 2.50 kills, 1.30 digs, 0.80 blocks and 0.40 aces per set while helping Creighton to a 2-1 record at the Ameritas Players Challenge.
Ballenger had kills on her first seven swings of Friday’s 3-0 sweep over once-beaten Gonzaga, finishing with 13 kills, five digs, four assists, two blocks and a career-high three aces. She also hit a dominating .579 in the match.
Ballenger contributed six kills, four blocks and three digs on .357 hitting in CU’s 3-0 blanking of Montana State in CU’s second match on Friday.
She closed the weekend with six kills, five digs, two blocks and an ace at No. 1 Nebraska on Saturday. Ballenger served during a 3-0 run as Creighton rallied from a 21-18 deficit late in the first set of an eventual 25-23 Bluejay victory that snapped NU’s 24-set win streak.
Creighton (6-6) starts BIG EAST play on Friday at 7 pm with a home match against Marquette (10-2). The two teams were picked atop the league’s preseason coaches poll in August, and have combined have won the last three BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles.