The Missouri Valley Conference has honored Megan Bober and
Melanie Jereb for their play last week while helping Creighton Volleyball to wins at Bradley and Northern Iowa. Bober is the MVC Player of the Week, while Jereb is the MVC Freshman of the Week. This is the third such honor this season for both women, and Bober's fifth career MVC Player of the Week honor, tied for fourth-most in league history.
Bober had a pair of triple-doubles and averaged 10.22 assists, 2.89 digs, 2.33 kills, 0.56 blocks and 0.22 aces per set while hitting .321. Bober began her week with 45 assists, 12 digs, 11 digs, two blocks and an ace while hitting .474 in a 3-1 road win at Bradley. It was Bober¹s fourth consecutive match against Bradley with a triple-double. The victory was the ninth in a row for Creighton, breaking the school record of eight.
On Saturday night, the senior from Murdock, Neb., earned her second consecutive triple-double, and fourth of the season, when she had 47 assists, 14 digs, 10 kills, three blocks and an assist in a 3-2 win at three-time defending league champion Northern Iowa. CU¹s victory snapped UNI¹s 34-match home win streak in MVC play, gave the Jays two wins over the Panthers in the same season for the first time ever, and broke Creighton¹s single-season record for wins in a season with 22. Bober had a pair of kills in the final set, including kills at 5-4 and 8-5 to help CU to leads it would never surrender in a 15-8 fifth set triumph. For the season, Bober remains the nation¹s only player to average at least 9.50 assists, 0.90 blocks and 1.50 kills per set.
Jereb had a pair of double-doubles, averaging 3.22 kills and 3.44 digs on .300 hitting last week. Jereb opened her weekend with 14 kills, 16 digs, five assists and three blocks in CU¹s 3-1 win at Bradley. One night later, Jereb had 15 kills and 15 digs in a 3-2 win at three-time defending league champ UNI. Jereb had two kills in the final set, including one on match point that snapped UNI¹s 34-match home win streak in Valley play.
In this week's official RPI, Creighton moved to No. 33. The Bluejays dropped a spot from 32nd despite the victory over current No. 46 UNI on Saturday. CU's rank still remains significantly higher than a No. 46 rank at a similar time two years ago (Nov. 8, 2010), when CU went on to earn an at-large bid and reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The ninth edition of the NCAA Volleyball statistics were released on Monday, and Creighton is all over those figures. Creighton is ranked fifth in blocks per set (3.05), eighth in winning percentage (.880), 33rd in hitting percentage (.253), 28th in digs per set (17.54) and 80th in kills per set (13.43). Individually, sophomore Kelli Browning is fourth in the country in blocks per set (1.66) and is 13th in hitting percentage (.396). Kate Elman ranks 59th with 5.00 digs per set, a figure that ranks fifth-best among the nation¹s freshmen.
The Bluejays are 22-3 and 13-1 in the MVC and now owns a 1.5 game lead in the standings over Northern Iowa in search of its first league title. Creighton hosts Indiana State on Friday at 5 pm before welcoming Illinois State on Saturday at 6 pm on Senior Night, with both matches slated for D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center.