It was the preseason favorite, coming in ranked #21 in the country, visiting the team that finished second in the preseason poll by two points, coming in ranked #10 in the country.
The AVCA top 25 poll held up, the Big East’s preseason poll did not.
#10 Creighton swept #21 Marquette on Sunday afternoon in Sokol Arena, 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-20). Marquette drops to 1-1 in Big East play, while the Jays advance to 2-0 and are tied with Georgetown atop the Big East standings.
Things starting going sideways kind of early on for Marquette, as the Bluejays got out to a 9-5 lead in the first set. Creighton kept the Golden Eagles at arms’ length from there and hammered home the first set win with four straight points at the end, including two straight kills from Jaali Winters.
A 4-1 start for the home team didn’t exactly lend itself to positivity for the Golden Eagles, but they clawed their way back in, eventually tying things up at seven. Things teetered back and forth throughout the frame as both teams hit right around .200. Creighton got to 24 first, but a service error by Annika Welty gave MU a brief sign of hope before CU got the win on a kill and an attack error by MU’s Hope Werch.
Another slow start in the third didn’t help things for Marquette, but the two teams started trading runs. 4-0 for Creighton, 3-0 for Marquette, 3-0 for Crieghton, 2-0 for Marquette, but finally three more from the Jays for a 10-5 lead. It’s not what you want. A 4-0 run late in the frame pushed the CU lead from 18-15 to 22-15, and Creighton was able to coast home relatively easily from there.
Marquette ended up hitting .210 as a team, which on its own is generally not going to be enough to knock off a top 10 team. It definitely didn’t help that Creighton hit a rousing .322 all told to help send MU back to Milwaukee with their first league loss of 2018.
Allie Barber had a great day, posting 16 kills and hitting .297. However, the only Marquette player with a better hitting percentage than her was Elizabeth Orf, who recorded a .400 on just 10 swings. Sarah Rose posted a double-double coming off the bench with 13 assists and 11 digs, while Martha Konovodoff led the defensive effort with 16 digs.
Creighton was able to work their attacks around Jenna Rosenthal, who went without a block of any kind, which means she returns to Milwaukee still tied with Meghan Niemann for the program’s career assisted blocks record. Rosenthal will get a chance to break the record ......
Up Next: .... on Friday night at home against Georgetown (9-5). The Hoyas are, as mentioned earlier, currently tied with Creighton for first place in the Big East at 2-0 thanks to five-set wins over both St. John’s and Villanova. The Hoyas will host Seton Hall on Wednesday before making the trek to the Midwest to play both Marquette and DePaul. It’ll be back to back days for Marquette, as they will also host Villanova (8-6, 1-1 Big East) on Saturday.