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Creighton’s Winters Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week

Creighton’s Winters Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week

OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton Volleyball senior Jaali Winters has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after she averaged 4.50 kills and 2.33 digs per set on .353 hitting to help the Bluejays to a pair of sweeps over the weekend. She also became Creighton’s all-time kills leader in the process.

Winters opened with 11 kills, nine digs and two blocks in a 3-0 win over Seton Hall. Six of her kills and four of her digs came in the first set to help set the tone against a Pirates team that would not lead in the final two frames.

On Sunday, Winters had 16 kills and hit a season-best .441 in a 3-0 win versus St. John’s. Her kill to give Creighton a 14-10 lead in the second set was the 1,623rd of her career,  breaking Leah Ratzlaff’s Creighton record that had stood since 2005.

Winters was also targeted 42 times in serve receive without being aced.

Winters has now been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week twice in her career (also 10/17/17) to go along with her pair of Defensive Player of the Week (10/31/17 and 9/11/18) laurels. She remains the only player in league history to be honored with both awards at any point in a career.

Creighton has now had three different women named Offensive Player of the Week (Megan Ballenger, Taryn Kloth and Winters) and three women named Defensive Player of the Week (Naomi Hickman, Jaali Winters, Brittany Witt) this fall.

Georgetown’s Symone Speech was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, and Seton Hall’s Eden Dolezal was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. Bluejay setter Madelyn Cole earned a spot on the league’s weekly Honor Roll after averaging 14.00 assists, 4.17 digs and 1.17 blocks per set last week.

Ranked 10th nationally, Creighton (14-4, 6-0 BIG EAST) hits the road to face Georgetown (Friday, 5 p.m. CT) and Villanova (Saturday, 6 p.m. CT) this week.

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