- #17 USC def. #6 Creighton 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-18)
- #17 USC improves to 4-1; #6 Creighton drops to 4-1
- Omaha, Nebraska
- Box Score
Omaha, Nebraska – One day after Creighton took down a top-15 Kentucky team and USC fell to Northern Iowa, the two teams reversed roles in the team who came out on top, as #17 USC upset #6 Creighton on the BlueJays home court in a surprising three-set match.
USC hit .353 in the match as a team, as Creighton was unable to stop reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Khalia Lanier. The Trojans outside hitter would rack up 23 kills in just three sets of action as she hit at a .476 clip.
While the Trojans’ offense was rolling, the defense held a balanced Creighton attack to a .204 hitting percentage. USC was outblocked 7-2, but the back row defenders were strong – such as Victoria Garrick, who had 22 digs. In fact, Garrick was the only player on either side with double-digit digs.
Megan Ballenger for Creighton tried to keep the BlueJays offense going, as she led Creighton with 11 kills and hit .500. No one else got into double-figures however.
With the win, USC continued its strong tradition against Creighton, as they defeated them in five sets last season and in four at the 2015 Sweet 16. They now take on #14 Kentucky, while Creighton switches over to (RV) Northern Iowa with the BlueJay Invitational winner in flux.