Volleyball CC

Sophomore outside hitter Jaela Zimmerman spikes into the hands of Wichita State’s Chinelo Ogogor.

John Auden

Sports Reporter

Creighton volleyball finished off its nonconference schedule over the weekend with 3-0 match sweeps over Wichita State and Wyoming to win the Creighton Classic.

The Bluejays are 7-1 in their last eight matches, including two wins against top-15 teams.

No. 15 Creighton, 5-3, opened up the Creighton classic against 3-6 Wichita State on Friday evening in D.J. Sokol Arena.

The Shockers started out strong in the opening set, pulling out to a 7-5 lead over the Bluejays. A surge behind freshman outside hitter Keeley Davis saw the Jays go on a 9-1 run to take the lead in the first set 14- 8. This strong play continued to see the Jays take a double digit first set win 25-15.

Set two started out with a back and forth contest between the two teams to give the Shockers a 5-4 lead over the Jays. This lead was short lived, as the Jays took 10 of the next 13 points to take a 14-8 lead.

The Jays continued to extend their lead and took set two 25-17. The set was highlighted with a season-high 11 blocks by Creighton.

The Bluejays did not trail in the third set, winning 25-19 to take the match 3-0 over the Shockers.

Creighton faced off against Wyoming Saturday afternoon.

Set one went saw Creighton quickly open up a 10-2 lead over the Cowgirls. Senior middle blocker Megan Ballenger had five blocks in the first set to help propel the Jays to a 25-11 first set victory.

Set two was a back and forth battle between the Jays and Cowgirls with eight ties and four lead changes. Seven kills from Sophomore outside hitter Jaela Zimmerman was enough to give the Jays a 25-23 set victory and take a 2-0 lead over Wyoming.

The final set saw Creighton start with a 10-3 lead, from which they never trailed.

Creighton finished with a 25-19 victory to give them their second sweep of the weekend and send them into conference play 7-3.

Creighton plays their first conference game this Friday at 7 p.m. at Sokol Arena against 9-2 Villanova.

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