The Bluejays volleyball team claimed two crucial road victories last weekend, including a 3-1 win over Marquette that vaulted them back into a first place conference standings tie with the Golden Eagles.

Staying at No. 24 in the AVCA national ranking, the Jays also moved up to No. 11 in RPI ranking with the wins.

After missing three games in a row due to injury, senior outside hitter Jaela Zimmerman was back for the Jays Friday in a big way, registering 16 kills and 17 assists.

“The exciting thing is she got better and her numbers went up throughout the day,” head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said.

Zimmerman credited her teammates for helping her impact the match in such a big way after a long layoff.

“I had to work through some things but the team really supported me and helped ease me into things,” Zimmerman said.

Alongside Zimmerman were stellar performances from both freshman outside hitter Norah Sis (16 kills) and freshman setter Kendra Wait (40 assists, 21 digs, and 6 kills). Wait won both Big East Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman Player of the Week for her contributions both Friday and Saturday.

With the win, Creighton tied Marquette for first in the Big East with a conference record of 10-2, although the Jays have swept the regular season series against them, giving them the upper-hand in a tie break.

The now first place Jays then traveled to Depaul one day later, where they continued their impressive roadtrip with a 3-0 sweep.

The scores of the sets were 25-21, 25-16, 25-15, but these do not tell the whole story – especially in the first set.

In the 25-21 first set victory there were ten ties, including a 19-19 occasion, but two consecutive back-to-back kills by Zimmerman and junior outside hitter Keeley Davis set the Jays up to take the first set victory.

The Jays then continued this momentum into sets two and three, where they looked comfortable and in control, especially from the serving line.

“DePaul’s a good team and I thought we served and passed pretty well and got them out of system, which was key because their offense is so potent,” Booth said.

The squad returns to their home court for two matches this weekend, starting with the Xavier Musketeers on Friday.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.