Junior outside hitter Erica Kostelac aims for a kill during the Bluejay Invitational’s championship matchup against No. 12 Washington on Saturday. The Bluejays took second overall.

John Auden

Sports Reporter

Bluejay volleyball finished second in the Bluejay Invitational tournament this past weekend at Sokol Arena.

The Bluejays placed after wins over University of Nebraska Omaha and Drake University, before losing to Washington in the championship.

The most notable matchup of the weekend was No. 17 Creighton and No. 12 Washington, an NCAA tournament rematch from last year which saw the Huskies top the Bluejays 3-0 in the second round.

After the first point of the match, Washington did not trail again, winning the set 25-19 including five aces, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

Washington took a commanding 17-8 lead in set two, continuing on to earn a second set victory 25-17.

Set three saw Creighton overcome a 16-12 deficit to ultimately take set three 25-21 and avoid the shutout.

Washington started set four with a 4-0 run to open up a 7-5 lead over the Jays. Creighton managed to keep it close keeping it within two at 14-12 before the Huskies pulled away to win 25-19 and take the match against Creighton 3-1.

Washington won the tournament, going undefeated, with Creighton finishing second.

The Bluejays also faced crosstown rival UNO and Iowa visitor Drake.

In their match against UNO on Friday, the Jays took a quick lead in the first set, willing 25-15. Set two would go a similar way with the Jays building a 10-4 lead and hitting .400 to win the second set 25-15 as well.

The Mavericks lead for most of the third set until a late rally from Creighton behind senior defensive specialist Brittany Witt’s serve gave them a 19-18 lead which proved enough to take them to victory and win set three 25-22 and give them the 3-0 win against UNO. This win marked coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s 350th win of her Creighton tenure.

Creighton squared off against Drake on Saturday afternoon, winning the match 3-1.

The Bluejays headed into the final game against No.12 Washington undefeated.

Creighton’s Kostelac and Witt were named to the all-tournament team, while Washington’s Kara Bajema was named MVP of the tournament.

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