OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton Volleyball ran its winning streak to six and matched its best start in program history with a 3-1 victory over Wichita State on Saturday evening before a season-high crowd of 1,544 fans at D.J. Sokol Arena.
Scores of the Bluejay win were 25-19, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23. Wichita State fell to 7-4 (1-1 MVC) and is 0-4 against the Jays at D.J. Sokol Arena.
Picked fourth in the preseason MVC poll, Creighton (10-1, 2-0 MVC) completed an impressive weekend with victories over the teams picked second (Missouri State) and third (Wichita State) in the league.
Leah McNary had a career-high 21 kills in the match, while freshman Melanie Jereb had a personal best with 14 kills to go with 12 digs.
Wichita State was led by 14 kills from Emily Adney, who added 11 digs. Papillion native Chelsey Feekin added 34 assists, 11 kills and eight digs in her return home as the Shocker setter.
Creighton won the first set, 25-19, to take the early lead in the match. Trailing 11-9, the Jays unleashed a 9-3 run to build a five-point lead and held on from there. Three straight kills from Jereb closed out the set for the Bluejays.
Wichita State evened the match with a 25-21 second set triumph Creighton led 9-7 until Kelsey Banwart had three service aces in a 4-0 run that made it 11-9 and led to a CU timeout. Creighton would lead 20-19 before WSU won the next four points, once again on Banwart's serve. The Shockers closed out the set at 25-21 on a kill from Feekin.
Creighton won the third set, 25-18, snapping an improbable streak of 22 straight third-set losses to Wichita State dating to Nov. 16, 2001. Setter Megan Bober rode the hot arm of McNary, who had seven kills in the frame, and CU also served up five aces in the set. The score was knotted at 16 before CU closed the set with a 9-2 flurry.
Creighton trailed 17-14 in the fourth set before another rally. Kate Elman served the Jays into an 18-17 lead, and the Jays held a 22-21 lead when sub Ashlyn Driskill had a crucial service error. The Jays would go to McNary to move up 24-21 to get to the precipice of victory. But back-to-back points from WSU delayed CU's celebration until McNary's career-high 21st kill hit the floor and give CU its first win over the Shockers in less than five sets since 2009. McNary had six kills in the set to pace all players.
McNary led the offense with 21 kills, five more than her previous high, while getting 49 swings. Jereb had 14 kills and 12 digs on .382 hitting in her most well-rounded match to date. Elman led the defense with 19 digs, while Bober had 43 assists, 15 digs and eight kills while battling the flu. The always formidable Bluejay block was paced by six stuffs from Kelli Browning. Creighton finished with 55 kills, eight aces, 67 digs and eight blocks on .253 hitting.
Wichita State was led by 14 kills and 11 digs by Adney, while Feekin and Sam Sanders also had 11 kills each. Jackie Church paced the defense with 25 digs. As a team, Wichita State had 51 kills, seven aces, 66 digs and seven blocks on .159.
Creighton returns to action next Wednesday with a non-conference match at Kansas. That contest will start at 6:30 pm and will be televised in Omaha on Cox 2.