The Bluejays faced No. 7 Hawaii on Friday, South Dakota on Saturday, and host Wichita State on Sunday afternoon. CU put together another 2-1 weekend and is now 9-3 on the season, heading into conference play this weekend.
The No. 23 Jays (7-3) played two five-set matches this weekend with the first coming against the No. 7 Hawaii (10-1). Creighton fell behind 0-2 early, losing 25-17 and 25-16 before taking the next two sets 25-19 and 25-20. The Warriors took the deciding fifth set 15-9. Leah McNary, Jess Bird and Lauren Smith each reached double digits in kills during the five-set match. CU's offense was held at bay all night by Hawaii defense that held the Jays attack to .155 for the match.
Saturday night, the Bluejays (8-3) had a much easier time with South Dakota (9-6), winning in three sets 25-19, 25-20 and 25-19. The offensive attack was balanced, with no Jays in double figures for kills. Melanie Jereb led the Bluejays a team-high nine. Michelle Sicner dished out 30 more assists a night after having 40 against Hawaii. CU out blocked the Coyotes 9-8 a night after being out blocked 16-5.
In the tournament finale, two former MVC rivals met in another thrilling five-set match at Koch Arena. Wichita State (11-3) made a statement with a convincing 25-16 victory in the opening set. Creighton (9-3) took the next two 25-18 and 25-20. Trailing 2-1 in the fourth the Shockers sent the match to a deciding fifth set winning 25-18. The Jays took control when the teams switched sides, winning 15-9 in the final set and closing out another 2-1 weekend. McNary led the Bluejays with 17 kills. Smith added 14, Kelli Browning contributed 10, while Sicner finished with 45 assists.
Honors: Jess Bird and Kate Elman made the All-Tournament team. Hawaii won the tournament going 3-0 on the weekend.
Odds and Ends: Creighton is now 22-21 against Wichita State. The Jays have beaten the Shockers in five sets the last two seasons and are 2-1 in five sets this season. Kirsten Bernthal Booth is 35-18 as head coach in five-set matches, and it was the 50th five-set win in program history.
Next: Friday night, CU volleyball travels to Indianapolis, Indiana to open BIG EAST Conference play against the Butler Bulldogs at 6 pm. Sunday, they'll travel to Cincinnati and take on the Xavier Musketeers in a 3 pm match.