Creighton Posts .419 Hitting Clip In Sweep Over Seton Hall

  0 Carly DeMarque | October 23rd, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

Match Results

  • #14 Creighton def. Seton Hall 3-0, (25-19, 25-17, 25-11)
  • Creighton improves to 16-5, 9-1 Big East, Seton Hall falls to 13-11, 7-4 Big East
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Attendance: 1,488
  • Match Stats

Creighton flies through Seton Hall in a straight set match for their annual Pink Out match. The win also gives the Bluejays the sole first-place position in the Big East Conference and have now won 20 straight sets against Seton Hall.

Seton Hall carried a small 8-5 lead over the Bluejays early in the match, but they recovered to keep things close within one up until 17-17. From here, Creighton took charge on a Seton Hall error and a block from Lydia Dimke/Marysa Wilkinson. This continued until Creighton finished things off at 25-19.

Creighton came out more dominant in the second set, taking an 18-8 lead over Seton Hall. Abby Thelen stopped the Bluejay run with a kill. Seton Hall continued to chip away to try and fight back but the Bluejays were too tough, finishing off the second on a Jaali Winters kill at 25-17. The final set of the match was even more dominant for the Bluejays than in the second, not letting anything hit the floor and holding Seton Hall to just 11 points in the third.

The Bluejays were led by Taryn Kloth with 12 kills on a .545 hitting clip while Winters added in another 11 kills on a .400 hitting performance along with eight digs. Megan Bellenger posted 10 kills on a .643 hitting clip while Brittany Witt picked up 13 digs.

Thelan posted nine kills for Seton Hall while Sarah Kenneweg picked up 12 digs in the loss.

Press Release

Courtesy of Creighton Athletics

Taryn Kloth had 12 kills to lead three Bluejays in double-figures as No. 16 Creighton Volleyball swept Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon in CU’s annual Pink Out match. Scores of the match were 25-19, 25-17, 25-11.

Creighton (16-5, 9-1 BIG EAST) regained sole possession of first place in the BIG EAST with the win, and has now won 20 straight sets against Seton Hall. The Pirates dropped to 13-11 (7-4 BIG EAST) with the setback.

A tense first set was tied at 17-all before consecutive attack errors by Seton Hall. A timeout led to a Pirates’ sideout, but the frustration for the visitors would mount as CU pulled away after that. A kill from Marysa Wilkinson was followed by a yellow card being shown to SHU’s Abby Thelen. A Samantha Bohnet ace then preceded a yellow card being issued to SHU coach Allison Yaeger. Creighton would close the set on an 8-2 run that seemed to demoralize the Pirates for the rest of the afternoon. Kloth had four kills in the first set to lead CU.

Creighton never trailed in the second set. A 3-0 run that included an ace on Alexa Roumeliotis‘ serve pushed CU’s lead to 8-5. With CU leading 11-8, Jaali Winters authored a 7-0 run that featured an ace of her own. Creighton closed out the set on a kill from Winters, as the Bluejays hit .474 with 19 kills and just one error in 38 swings. Six different Bluejays had multiple kills in the second frame and Marysa Wilkinson added three block assists to help push CU’s lead to 2-0 at the intermission.

The Bluejays hits .552 in the final set with 18 kills in 29 swings as Winters, Kloth and Megan Ballenger combined for 13 kills on 19 errorless swings. Witt and Dimke served during a 7-1 run to put CU in front 9-4, and Bohnet later served a 5-0 run as the lead was extended to 17-7. Back-up setter Sophia Coffey earned SHU’s third yellow card of the day on a point the Pirates won to trim CU’s lead to 18-9. A 6-0 run from Brittany Witt got CU to match point, and Kloth terminated a kill from Jaclyn Taylor to end the sweep in just 83 minutes.

Creighton finished with 51 kills, six aces, 46 digs and 7.0 blocks while limiting Seton Hall to 34 kills, no aces, 37 digs and 2.0 blocks. Creighton’s .419 hitting percentage was the program’s seventh-best mark in school history.

Creighton returns to action with consecutive matches at Providence next Friday (6 p.m. Central) and Saturday (4 p.m. Central).

NOTES: The victory was Creighton’s 400th as a program since its 1994 reinstatement … Creighton has won 101 straight matches when hitting .300 or better and 54 in a row when hitting .250 or better … Creighton has won 34 straight matches when winning the first set and 25 straight home matches in October … Creighton has won 25 straight regular-season home matches in the BIG EAST since a 2014 loss to Seton Hall … Seton Hall was held without an ace on Sunday, and Creighton has allowed just 18 aces in 10 league contests.

Press Release

Courtesy of Seton Hall Athletics

The Seton Hall women’s volleyball team lost in three sets to No. 16 Creighton, 3-0 (19-25, 17-25, 11-25), on Sunday to snap a three-match win streak.

SET 1:
Seton Hall got started quickly in set one, and a kill by senior Dominique Mason (Chicago, Ill.)gave it an early 8-5 lead.  Creighton battled back however, and took a 12-11 advantage.  From there, the set remained close until the Bluejays took control late.  Leading 19-18, Creighton ended the set with a 6-1 run to claim the first frame, 25-19.  Junior Abby Thelen (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) had five kills in the first set to lead The Hall.

SET 2:
The Pirates never led in the second set, but kept the score relatively close and a kill by Thelen cut the Bluejay lead to 11-8.  Creighton responded however, with a 7-1 run to take a commanding 18-9 advantage.  The Bluejays went on to win the second set, 25-17.  The Pirates had an impressive .351 attack percentage in the second set, but Creighton connected at a .474 clip.

SET 3:
Creighton dominated the final set of the match as it completed the match victory with a 25-11 third set win.  A Bluejay service error gave The Hall a brief 3-2 lead, but Creighton then went on a 7-1 run to take a 9-4 advantage.  Already leading 12-7, Creighton burst for an 11-2 run to put the set out of reach.

Inside the Numbers:

  • Thelen finished with a team-high nine kills.
  • Mason narrowly missed her fourth straight double-double with eight kills and nine digs.
  • Senior Sarah Kenneweg (Poolesville, Md.)had a team-high 12 digs.
  • Seton Hall recorded a .206 attack percentage for the match, while Creighton attacked at .419.
  • The Hall had 34 team kills, while Creighton had 51.
  • The Pirates totaled 37 team digs, while Creighton had 46.

News & Notes:

  • Seton Hall falls to 13-11 overall and 7-4 in the BIG EAST.
  • Creighton improves to 16-5 overall and 8-1 in the BIG EAST.
  • The Pirates fall to 5-5 on the road this season.
  • Seton Hall falls to 5-8 in three-set matches this season.
  • Kenneweg need just seven more digs to reach 1,000 for her career.
  • Coffey played in her 85th consecutive match, which leads all active Pirates.

Up Next:
The Pirates will return to action on Friday, Oct. 26 when they return to Walsh Gym to host BIG EAST rival DePaul.  Match time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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