Senior outside hitter Jaali Winters set a new Creighton volleyball all-time kills record on Sunday against St. John’s.
The previous record of 1,622 career kills, held by Leah Ratzlaff ‘05, was broken by Winters on the way to a 3-0 victory for the Jays.
Winters tied the record as the Jays found themselves behind 7-5 during the second set, as she stopped a scoring attempt from St. John’s. She sent it to junior setter Madelyn Cole who set it back up for Winters before she powered it to the back of the Red Storm’s playing area.
Creighton took control of the game in the form of a 13-10 lead as Winters broke the record. St. John’s tapped the ball over the front line of Creighton and forced a dig save from Cole before junior middle blocker Megan Ballenger assisted Winters in her record-breaking kill.
“It was exciting, I definitely noticed it when everyone kept cheering, and then they called a timeout and let me have a little moment,” Winters said.
“Thank you to Creighton for making it so special for me, it’s just been an awesome day.”
Coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth has seen Winters progress since her freshman season, highlighted by her six Big East Freshman of the Week and Big East Freshman of the Year awards.
“It’s pretty incredible. That record stood for a long time,” Booth said.
“I’m just really proud of her, she’s a great young woman who’s worked hard every day in the gym to be the best player and person she can be. It’s exciting for her and the team.
Winters finished with a game-high 16 kills in the match, bringing her career total to 1,633. Her record-breaking performance coincided with her second Big East Offensive Player of the Week honor, as she helped Creighton to another 3-0 sweep against Seton Hall earlier in the week.
Per Creighton Athletics, Winters is the only player in league history to earn both the Big East Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week award at any point throughout her playing career.