OMAHA, Neb. — The No. 10 Creighton Volleyball team improved to 9-0 at the midway point of BIG EAST play for the the fourth time in five seasons with a 3-0 road win at Providence on Friday, Oct. 25.
Scores of the match, which featured 23 ties and 14 lead chances, were 25-23, 27-25, 25-22.
Creighton (16-3, 9-0) has now won 11 matches in a row, and also improved to 11-0 all-time against Providence (5-17, 0-9 BIG EAST). CU’s 28 straight regular-season BIG EAST wins ties a program record first done from Oct. 31, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2017.
“Hats off to Providence. I thought they played an inspired match,” said Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth. “Defensively they were outstanding in the backcourt and with their blocking, and I thought they outworked us. I was disappointed with our unforced errors and our defensive tenacity tonight. Normally you don’t get the chance to play a team a second time right away, but we’ll get that opportunity in 24 hours. The question is what do we learn from it, and are we going to be ready to perform tomorrow.”
The first set was tied at 11 different junctures by the time it was 12-12 before Witt gave CU some breathing room with a 6-0 serving run. CU led 24-20 but squandered three set point chances before a service error from PC saw Creighton escape with the 25-23 victory in the opener. Megan Ballenger joined Kostelac with four kills in the opening game for CU, and Madelyn Cole had 14 assists to become the seventh Creighton player to surpass the 2,000 assist milestone as a Bluejay.
The Bluejays bolted to leads of 7-2 and 14-8 in the second set but would have to withstand a pair of set points to emerge with a 27-25 decision. PC would battle back to move ahead 18-17 and owned chances to even the match at 24-23 and 25-24, only to have the Bluejays answer with a kill each time. With CU down 25-24, Kostelac sandwiched a pair of kills around a block as the Jays took a 2-0 lead into the locker room for its 18th straight BIG EAST contest. Jaela Zimmerman had six of her nine kills in the second set.
CU built an 11-6 lead in the third set but once again could not shake the host Friars.Trailing 18-17, CU embarked on a timely 7-2 run to earn four match point chances. CU would convert on its third try on Kostelac’s sixth kill of the frame.
The teams will meet again on Saturday at 5 p.m. Central in Providence.