Bluejays Beat Xavier In Four, First Big East Win

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Creighton picked up its first Big East win in program history with a four-set victory (25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22) over Xavier in Cincinnati Saturday afternoon.

Lauren Smith's 15 kills were a career-high, one more than her previous best on September 22nd at Wichita State. The redshirt freshman added eight blocks and hit .387.

Leah McNary had 14 kills while both Melanie Jereb and Kelli Browning had nine kills. Michelle Sicner flirted with a triple-double before finishing with 48 assists, 18 digs and eight kills on .412 hitting.

CU's defense was paced by Kate Elman, who tied her season-high with 20 digs. Ashley Jansen added 15 digs after entering the match with nine all year through the Bluejays' first 13 matches. Creighton (10-4, 1-1 Big East) finished with 62 kills, two aces, 75 digs and 11 blocks while hitting .261.

Abbey Bessler had a match-best 20 kills to pace the Musketeers, adding 15 digs. Alex Smith had 11 kills while her sister, setter Aubree Smith, had 46 assists, nine digs and nine kills. Sarah Brown led XU with 20 digs while Alex Blair led the Muskies with eight blocks. Xavier (9-7, 2-1 Big East) finished with 62 kills, one ace, 75 digs and nine blocks on .256 hitting.

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