Jaali Winters landed 23 kills on just 37 swings for Creighton while no Marquette attacker couldn't muster double digit kills as the Bluejays swept the Golden Eagles, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-16).
The first and third sets against Creighton went about the same: CU got a big ol' lead and didn't worry about all that much the rest of the way. The Jays were up 4-0 right off the bat in the first and by the time MU head coach Ryan Theis burned his second time out in the frame, Creighton was up 14-5. That'll pretty much do you in when it comes to volleyball, although I guess Marquette managing a 14-11 advantage the rest of the way should count for something. The third set ended with a wider margin, although it took a point or three before the Jays got going. It was 7-5 on a Meghan Niemann kill at one point, and then it was 18-7 on a kill from Winters.
The middle set was pretty even, with five lead changes and 15 ties, the last of which came at 21-all on a kill from Taylor Louis. Three straight kills from Winters turned things in favor of the Jays, though, and a block by Taryn Kloth and Marysa Wilkinson wrapped the game up to give Creighton a 2-0 lead.
Aside: Taryn Kloth is a fake name, right? Really? I'm expected to believe that someone's legitimate birth name is pronounced TEARING CLOTH?
The Golden Eagles hit just .208 in the match, which in a way, is kind of impressive. Louis hit .167 on 36 swings, while Joy Miley went .038 on 26 attacks, including six errors. Those 62 attacks make up over 60% of MU's offense on the day, but the remainder of the offense was able to balance that out to get the team hitting percentage over .200 by the end of it.
Marquette falls to 4-3 in league play and 12-7 overall, while Creighton continues their run in the Big East, opening up the conference schedule with seven straight wins. The Jays have only a one game lead on Villanova at this point, as VU's only loss thus far is to Creighton in Omaha.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles come home for the next five matches and seven of the next eight. They'll host Providence (10-10, 1-5 Big East) this coming Friday, and follow that up with playing St. John's (13-8, 3-3 Big East) at the Al McGuire Center on Saturday.