CHICAGO, Ill. — The No. 12 Creighton Volleyball team shook off a rare league loss with a dominating 3-0 sweep at DePaul on Friday night, downing the Blue Demons 25-10, 25-9, 25-13.
Creighton hit a blistering .476 in the win, the third-best mark in program history. That included a staggering .818 in the first set (18 kills, 0 errors, 22 swings) that ranks as the best mark on record.
Creighton improves to 12-5 with the victory, including a 5-1 league mark, just 23 hours after having its 28-match BIG EAST win streak snapped at Marquette. DePaul dropped to 7-11 and is 1-5 in league action.
“It was gut-check time,” said Booth, in regards to the importance of getting back on the winning track. “We told them that. And we really, for the first time in my career, I said put your scouts away. It’s not about who we’re playing, it’s about us. We talked about who we are and what we do to be great, and I was really proud of the way that they responded because last night was really disappointing and you never know how a team’s going to respond to something like that.”
Creighton never trailed in the first set, responding from last night’s loss with a 25-10 pounding of DePaul. CU raced to a 5-1 lead, then quickly grew that margin to 11-3. CU closed out the frame on a 7-1 run, with consecutive errors by DePaul’s Myah Reed ending the set. Marysa Wilkinson and Megan Ballenger combined for 10 kills on 11 swings to help spark an offense on full-throttle.
The Bluejays did even more damage in the second set, a 25-9 thrashing. Long serving runs by Samantha Bohnet and Taryn Kloth helped CU to a 13-4 advantage, and sophomore Alexa Roumeliotis later served a 7-0 blitz to get CU to set point, which was capped by a Ballenger kill.
The third set was more of the same, as Creighton cruised to a 25-13 victory. Eight different Bluejays had at least one kill in the final set, including the second career winner from Bohnet.
Wilkinson had 10 kills in 12 swings to hit .833 and lead the Bluejay offense in both categories. Ballenger had nine kills in 12 swings to hit .750, and Naomi Hickman had six kills in 11 swings to hit .545. Brittany Witt had 17 digs and Roumeliotis two aces to lead CU in those categories. Creighton hit .476 and finished with 46 kills, three aces, 48 digs and six blocks.
DePaul hit .000 on the night, finishing with 18 kills and 18 errors in 89 swings. The Blue Demons also had one ace, 27 digs and four blocks. Brittany Maxwell paced DePaul with five kills, while Haley Bueser added seven digs.
Creighton opens a four-match homestand on Friday, Oct. 13, when it hosts Butler at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs were picked to finish second, trailing only Creighton, in the preseason poll of BIG EAST coaches.