Volleyball wins set

Creighton volleyball celebrates winning a set against No. 21 Marquette off a kill from senior outside hitter Taryn Kloth. Kloth finished the game with a team-high 16 kills.

The No. 10 Creighton volleyball team (10-4) opened up Big East play with a pair of 3-0 wins at D.J. Sokol Arena against visitors DePaul (2-11) on Friday and No. 21 Marquette (10-4) Sunday.

A crowd of 2,041 fans were in attendance on Friday to watch the Jays take the court for the first match to be played on the new Taraflex floor. Creighton hit a season high of .437 for the match, the seventh-best in program history. 

The first set saw Creighton race out to a quick lead and build upon it.

Senior defensive specialist Samantha Bohnet had two early aces followed by a 4-0 serving run from senior outside hitter Taryn Kloth, stretching the lead to 13-5.

Kloth then pushed to a 18-8 lead before a 25-13 win. The Jays hit .517 in the set while holding DePaul to just .176.

Senior outside hitter Jaali Winters served a 9-0 run in the second set. Senior middle blocker Kelsey O’Connell had her first two kills of the season in the second set, including the 25-12 winning kill. Creighton ended the second set hitting .440.

Creighton pulled away from a 10-10 tie in the third set with an 8-3 run to ultimately close out the visitors.

Consecutive kills by Kloth ended the night after just over an hour.

Junior setter Madelyn Cole’s extended her streak of consecutive games with an ace to nine, tied for fifth-longest in program history.

Creighton hit a season high of .437 over the match, the seventh-best in program history.

On Sunday, the Jays hosted the first contest between ranked volleyball teams from the Big East since 2005.

Creighton took on No. 21 Marquette, who was 1-0 in the Big East at the time.

Kloth hit .464 and led the Jays with 16 kills, while Winters went on to add 15 kills and 11 digs, hitting .300.

Creighton hit .439 in the first set and .322 for the afternoon to beat the Golden Eagles for the 10th time in the last 11 meetings.

Junior defensive specialist Brittany Witt led all players with 19 digs on her way to winning Big East Defensive Player of the Week. Freshman middle blocker Annika Welty served three of the Jays four Aces.

Creighton’s win was highlighted with 48 kills, 59 digs and 7.5 blocks overall. 

The Bluejays came out swinging early, compiling 19 kills on .439 hitting, with 24 digs in the first set. The Jays would sideout at an 88 percent clip in the first frame, sealing the opening set on consecutive kills by Winters in a 25-17 victory.

The second set was a back and forth battle with 15 ties and four lead changes. Marquette was up 23-21 before an important timeout by the Jays.

The Bluejays capitalized off multiple errors while earning an ace to fight back and win the set 26-24.

In the final set of the afternoon, Creighton jumped out 4-0, of which the Bluejays would never look back. Both Winters and Witt had seven kills in the last set, carrying Creighton to a 25-20 victory to end the match.

Kloth was also named Big East offensive Player of the Week.

Creighton’s senior class is now 31-0 at home against Big East opponents, and the Jays are 90-10 all time against Big East foes since joining the conference in 2013.

The win against Marquette is the second top 25 win for the Jays, the first being against no. 5 Kentucky in Los Angeles, California at the Trojan Invitational.

The Jays are 2-3 against top 25 opponents this season, with its only three losses coming from teams ranked within the top 10. 

The Jays will travel to Butler next weekend to take on the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs enter the game 4-10 overall and 1-1 in the conference. The game is set to be played in the historic Hinkle Field House at 6 p.m. central time.

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