Creighton (16-6, 7-3 BIG EAST) returned home, welcoming St. John's (15-11, 4-6 BIG EAST) and Seton Hall (12-13, 3-7 BIG EAST) to Omaha for the first time last weekend.
Friday night, the Bluejays were stunned in five sets, losing to the Red Storm (19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 15-17). On Sunday, CU bounced back, sweeping the Pirates in three sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-18) in a quick 80-minute match.
CU quickly fell behind two sets to none before winning the next two, forcing a fifth set. Creighton briefly lead in the deciding set, but SJU was able to break a late tie and take home the victory. The five-set defeat was the first of its kind for the Bluejays at D.J. Sokol Arena this year.
Four Jays were in double figures kills. Jess Bird led with 15, Browning added 12 and Lauren Smith and Sicner added 10 each. Sicner posted another double-double, dishing out 44 assists in the match. As a team, CU out-blocked the Red Storm 18-7.
Looking to salvage a weekend split, the hosts turned their attention to Seton Hall, who was also making their first trip to town. As has been the case in previous Sunday matches, the Jays came out of the gates strong and did not let up in the three-set match.
Omaha native Ashley Jansen helped erase an early deficit in the second set, serving seven straight points. Jansen also recorded 10 digs. Kate Elman nearly pulled the same trick in the third set by providing six consecutive points while serving.
Creighton's offensive leaders were Leah McNary with 14 kills; Bird added 10, while Melanie Jereb and Browning added seven apiece. Sicner contributed 36 more assists on Sunday. The Bluejays hit .250 over three sets. The high point for the Jays came in the first set when they hit .343.
After splitting the matches this weekend, Creighton remains in a tie for second place in the BIG EAST Conference. The Jays will head east for their next two matches. Friday the Jays will take on Villanova at 5 p.m., and Saturday they head to Georgetown a match starting at 6 p.m..
Creighton went 2-0 on their most recent trip east…