- #14 Creighton defeats Seton Hall, 3-0 (26-24, 25-12, 25-21)
- Creighton improves to 10-4; Valparaiso drops to 7-9
- South Orange, New Jersey
- Attendance: 489
- Box Score
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Bluejays defeated the Pirates Friday night to remain undefeated in Big East Conference play at Seton Hall. Creighton has now won 27 straight regular-season Big East matches.
Creighton hit .340 on the match, with a .385 clip in the third. They held Seton Hall to a .229 hitting percentage. The Crusaders out-blocked the Panthers 7-2.
Creighton setter, Lydia Dimke dished out 37 assists, 6 digs, and two block assists. On the other side of the net, Sophia Coffey and Maggie Cvelbar ran the offense, notching 22 and 15 assists, respectively.
One UNI player posted double-figure kills with Marysa Wilkinson totaling 13 kills on an impressive .600 clip. Jaali Winters added 9 kills and Taryn Kloth added 7.
Seton Hall also had one player with double-figure kills. Dominique Mason put away 10 kills on a .185 clip and added 13 digs for a double-double. Sherry Barnes, Caitlin Koska, and Abby Thelen all chipped in with 8 kills a piece.
Both teams will continue with Big East Conference play this Saturday as Creighton travels to St. John’s and Seton Hall hosts Providence.
Courtesy of Creighton Athletics
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — The No. 14 Creighton Volleyball team remained unbeaten in the BIG EAST Conference with a 3-0 sweep at Seton Hall on Friday night.
Scores of the match were 26-24, 25-12, 25-21.
Creighton improved to 10-4 on the season and is now 3-0 in league play, while Seton Hall dropped to 7-9 and 1-2 in conference action.
After Creighton scored the first four points of the match, it was Seton Hall that took the momentum with a 9-2 run to force a Bluejay timeout. The teams had 13 ties and six lead changes in the first set, which led to some drama. Trailing 24-23, Creighton was forced to save a set point, with Marysa Wilkinson earning the clutch kill to tie it. Creighton took a 25-24 lead when Lydia Dimke and Megan Ballenger stuffed Abby Thelen, and won the set on a Seton Hall attack error.
Creighton dominated the second set to the tune of a 25-12 victory. The Bluejays hit .379 in the set, as Jaali Winters slammed seven kills to pace the offense.
The third set was also close. Taryn Kloth provided a kill to make it 15-14 and CU would lead the rest of the way. CU won the match on a solo stuff by Kloth. Wilkinson had six kills in six swings in the final frame, while Dimke had three kills in as many attempts. CU hit .385 in the last set with 18 kills.
Wilkinson led Creighton with 13 kills on .600 hitting in 20 swings. She now owns 994 kills in her quest to become the 13th Bluejay to reach 1,000 career kills. Lydia Dimke hit .571 and finished with 37 assists, six digs and five kills, while Brittany Witt paced the defense with 11 digs. Creighton hit .340 and had 44 kills, four aces, 47 digs and 7.5 blocks.
Seton Hall got 10 kills and 13 digs from Dominique Mason and Thelen recorded eight kills. Sarah Kenneweg led all players with 15 digs. Seton Hall hit .229 and finished with 40 kills, 43 digs and 2.5 blocks. The Pirates were held without an ace.
Creighton returns to action on Saturday at 4 pm Central when it plays at St. John’s. That match will air on ESPN3.
NOTES: Creighton improved to 16-0 all-time on the BIG EAST Digital Network .. Creighton is now 8-3 all-time against Seton Hall, including seven straight wins … Creighton has won 17 straight sets against Seton Hall … Creighton has out-aced Seton Hall 18-2 in the last three meetings … Creighton has won 27 straight regular-season BIG EAST matches … Marysa Wilkinson owns 10 or more kills in each of the last six matches, the longest streak of her career … Creighton has won 98 straight matches when hitting .300 or better and 49 in a row when hitting .250 or better … Creighton improved to 15-9 all-time in league road openers, including a 12-3 mark under Kirsten Bernthal Booth, after its fourth straight victory on the road to open conference play … Creighton has swept 25 of its last 38 league matches.
Courtesy of Seton Hall Athletics
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Senior Dominique Mason (Chicago, Ill.) recorded a double-double, but the Seton Hall women’s volleyball team fell to No. 14 Creighton in straight sets, 3-0 (24-26, 12-25, 21-25), on Friday.
The first was one of the best single-set performances of the season for Seton Hall. The epic, back-and-forth frame featured six lead changes and 13 ties, as the Pirates went toe-to-toe with the defending BIG EAST champions. Creighton scored the first four points of the set, but the Pirates stormed back with a 9-2 run to take an early 9-6 advantage. The set remained close throughout, but a kill by Creighton’s Lydia Dimke gave the Bluejays a 23-22 lead and prompted a Pirate timeout. Out of the break, a kill by Caitlin Koska (Franklin, Wis.) tied the score and a Creighton attack error put the Pirates in set point, 24-23. The Bluejays bounced back however, and closed the frame with three straight points to win the marathon set, 26-24. The Pirates out-hit Creighton, .267-to-.257.
Creighton jumped on the Pirates from the start in set two. Haylee Gasser (Mission Viejo, Calif.) scored the first point of the set for The Hall, but the Bluejays went on a 6-0 run and never looked back. A kill by Mason cut the Creighton lead to 11-7, but the Bluejays went on a 9-2 run to take a commanding 20-9 advantage. Creighton went on to win the second set, 25-12.
After a disappointing set two, the Pirates didn’t fold. The Hall trailed for most of the set, but kept the score close, and a block by Madison Salkowski (Cold Spring, Ky.) tied the score at 14. Creighton bounced back however, with four of the next five points and never trailed again. The Bluejays won set three, 25-21, and the match, 3-0.
Inside the Numbers:
- Mason finished with a team-best 10 kills to go with a career-high 13 digs.
- Koska, Abby Thelen (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) and Sharay Barnes (Swarthmore, Pa.) had eight kills apiece.
- Senior Sarah Kenneweg (Poolesville, Md.) had a match-high 15 digs.
- Junior Sophia Coffey (Sierra Madre, Calif.) notched 22 assists and eight digs.
- Seton Hall recorded a .229 attack percentage for the match, while Creighton attacked at .340.
- Seton Hall finished with 40 team kills, while Creighton had 44.
- The Pirates totaled 43 team digs, while Creighton had 47.
News & Notes:
- Mason’s double-double is her first of the season and the second of her career.
- Seton Hall falls to 2-6 in three-set matches this season.
- Coffey played in her 77th consecutive match, which leads all active Pirates.
- The Pirates fall to 3-8 all-time against Creighton.
The Pirates will return to action tomorrow when they host Providence at Walsh Gym. Match time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.