The No. 9 Creighton volleyball team won its final two regular-season road matches, both in three sets, against St. John’s and Seton Hall last weekend. The Jays are now on a 14-match winning streak.
On Friday, the Jays were in Queens, N.Y., to face St. John’s. The Jays swept the match 25-22, 25-12, 25-22.
Creighton’s head coach, Kirsten Bernthal Booth, said that although St. John’s was significantly outhitting the Jays in the first set, the Bluejays serving and blocking won them the match after making just a few adjustments.
Jaali Winters, a senior outside for Creighton, led the team with a match-high of 13 kills and six digs followed by another senior outside hitter, Taryn Kloth, who had nine kills.
Overall the Jays’ sweep included 41 total kills, 14 blocks and eight aces.
Beating St. John’s clinched the Bluejays a spot in the Big East tournament.
On Saturday, Creighton also swept Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J., moving the Jays to 22-4 overall and 14-0 in conference play.
The scores of the match were 25-16, 25-19, 25-13 in favor of the Bluejays.
Brittany Witt, junior libero, led the Jays with 15 digs. Winters matched her 13 kills, leading the team once again. Kloth also hit in double-figures with 11 kills.
Booth was glad that everyone got the chance to play on Saturday and said she is focusing on the areas where the team can improve. She was excited to see that the Bluejays were able to transfer the things they had been practicing to the games.
“We blocked well this weekend, and that’s been a big focal point,” said Booth. “We also served well … And our hitting efficiency was good.”
Winters believes that team chemistry is what is going to take the Jays far this season. No matter the emphasis or pressure on the game, Winters goes into every game believing that they are going to win as a team.
Kloth said during the preseason that she hopes that the Jays are able to finish her last season out strong. Clinching a spot in the Big East tournament is a start.
The win streak has allowed Creighton to remain ranked at No. 9 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the second week in a row. The Bluejays have maintained a top-10 ranking for the ninth week in a row in the poll, a school record per Creighton Athletics. It’s the 14th week in school history that they’ve been ranked in the top 10.
The Bluejays will play their last four matches at D.J. Sokol Arena starting with their matchup against Georgetown on Friday at 7 p.m.