No. 17 Creighton volleyball now turns its attention to the Bluejay Invitational this upcoming weekend at D.J. Sokol Arena, where the team will take on UNO, Drake, and No. 12 Washington.
The Jays go into this tournament rolling, following an unbeaten performance last weekend that saw them claim victories over two top-15 opponents in Kentucky and USC. As a result, Creighton saw its ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Poll rise from 23rd to 17th in Monday’s new poll.
Following the Bluejays’ tournament win over UNI, head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said she felt it was the best the team had played so far this year.
Creighton will first take on UNO on Friday at 6 p.m., shortly after Drake and Washington first face off at 3:30 p.m. The Mavericks have earned a 5-2 record at this point in the year, with losses to Kansas and Kansas State.
Creighton next takes the court at noon on Saturday against Drake. The two volleyball programs have a rich history, facing off 40 times overall with Creighton winning the all-time series 25-15. Starting back in 1994, the teams haven’t gone head-to-head since 2012.
To cap off the tournament, the Bluejays have a rematch with No. 12 Washington at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Huskies knocked the Jays out of the NCAA tournament in the second round last season at D.J. Sokol Arena with a 3-0 sweep, ending their season.
Before, the two teams faced off for the first time early on in the 2017 season, where the Jays took a 3-1 victory in Washington at the Husky Invitational.
The Jays are hoping to continue their success at their home tournament. Last year, Creighton went 2-0 at the Bluejay Invitational with 3-1 wins over both Iowa State and Wichita State.