OMAHA, Neb. — One day after winning a sixth consecutive BIG EAST regular-season title, the Creighton Volleyball team swept the weekly honors handed out by the league office on Monday, Nov. 25. Jaela Zimmerman (Offensive Player of the Week), Naomi Hickman (Defensive Player of the Week) and Keeley Davis (Freshman of the Week) all brought home honors after the Bluejays picked up 3-1 wins over No. 9 Marquette and DePaul..
Zimmerman averaged 4.81 points, 4.38 kills, 1.88 digs, 0.38 blocks and 0.25 aces on .299 hitting. A sophomore from Lincoln, Neb., Zimmerman had the two-highest kill totals of her career this week, which started with a personal-best 18 kills in Friday’s 3-1 win over No. 9 Marquette. Zimmerman added 10 digs to claim her third straight double-double, and also contributed three assists and an ace. Two days later, the sophomore standout had 17 kills, five digs, three blocks and an ace as she hit .350 in a victory over DePaul. This is Zimmerman’s first career weekly honor from the BIG EAST.
Hickman averaged 2.94 points, 2.50 blocks and 1.62 kills per set and hit .303 during the victories. Hickman had 10 blocks and seven kills on .333 hitting in Friday’s 3-1 victory over No. 9 Marquette. CU’s 15 blocks as a team were its most in a match since 2015. On Sunday, Hickman had 10 blocks and six kills on .278 hitting in a 3-1 triumph vs. DePaul. Hickman is Creighton’s first player with consecutive matches of 10+ blocks since Kelli Browning in 2012 when Creighton was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. This is the second career Defensive Player of the Week accolade for Hickman, who was previously recognized on Sept. 4, 2018.
Davis averaged 3.75 points, 3.12 kills, 2.50 digs, 0.50 blocks and 0.38 aces as Creighton wrapped up its unprecedented sixth consecutive regular-season BIG EAST outright title. Davis opened her week with 12 kills, three blocks and a season-high nine digs in a 3-1 win over No. 9 Marquette. It was CU’s first home victory over a top-10 opponent and pushed Davis over 300 kills on the season. Two days later, Davis had 13 kills, two aces and a season-high 11 digs as she notched her first career double-double. This is the 10th time in the last 12 weeks that the Highlands Ranch, Colo., native has been tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.
Top-seeded Creighton (24-4, 17-1 BIG EAST) returns to the court on Friday at 5:30 p.m. when it meets fourth-seeded St. John’s (20-11, 12-6 BIG EAST) in semifinal round action of the BIG EAST Championship, Presented by Jeep, in Milwaukee, Wis.