Turnabout is fair play when it comes to volleyball in the Big East, or at least that’s how it looks after Saturday afternoon.
#14 ranked Creighton ripped through Marquette with relative ease, handing the Golden Eagles a straight sets (25-12, 26-24, 25-15) loss. MU is now 17-8 on the season and 11-3 in Big East play, while Creighton firmly ensconces themselves in first place at 12-1 and 19-5 overall.
With the loss, Marquette will not be able to clinch a Big East tournament spot until next weekend at the earliest. In addition, now that they’re two matches behind Creighton in the loss column, MU’s regular season title hopes are now essentially destroyed. They’ll need the Jays to drop at least two of their final five contests, and Creighton has only lost eight times (75-8) in the regular season since joining the Big East conference. So yeah, the odds are low.
Back on October 5th, it was Marquette getting the 3-0 win over Creighton. In that match, MU outhit the Jays, .321 to .093. Saturday’s contest was a near perfect mirror image of those performances, as Marquette hit just .099 and Creighton hit .327.
The first set got away from Marquette in the middle section. With Creighton up 11-9, the Jays recorded the next five points and 10 of the next 12. At that point it was 21-11 favoring CU and thus pretty much over. If you were cheering for Marquette, your hopes had to start rising in the second set. Marquette never led by more than two, and Creighton only briefly led by three as the two teams tilted back and forth. MU got the advantage late, as a kill from Hope Werch moved things to set point for the Golden Eagles at 24-23. However, kills by Marysa Wilkinson and Taryn Kloth followed by an attack error by Hope Werch and ZIP! Creighton was up 2-0.
The third set was MU’s worst hitting set of the afternoon, posting a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad -.082 with 11 errors in the frame. Still, it was only 10-9 favoring Creighton in the early-ish going and only got extremely ugly late. A 7-1 run by the Jays turned a 15-12 lead into a 22-13 lead, and things were pretty academic from there.
Allie Barber had an incredibly off day for the Big East’s leading attacker. She posted just 10 kills, well off her season long average, and only hit .176. Creighton took Jenna Rosenthal off the board as well, holding the redshirt junior to just three kills and a .059 hitting percentage.
CU was led by 13 kills from Jaali Winters, who ended up with a double-double as she had 11 digs, too.
Up Next: Marquette is going to have to shake this match off while undergoing the worst roadtrip in the league. MU will be back in action at 3pm on Sunday after traveling from Omaha, Nebraska, to Rhode Island, halfway across the country, in order to tangle with Providence. PC snapped a five match losing streak on Friday with a 3-0 win over DePaul.