Creighton’s opponents this weekend may not have a résumé like Northern Iowa, but things won’t be easy for the Bluejays.
Coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said matches at Illinois State at 7 p.m. on Friday and Indiana State at 6 p.m. on Saturday will be tough.
The Redbirds are 10-7 and 4-3 in the Missouri Valley, but they beat Missouri State and challenged Wichita State last weekend.
They were picked to finish fifth in the Valley, right behind CU, and returned five starters. Plus, Bernthal Booth said, playing in Redbird Arena is never easy.
“They are a phenomenal blocking team, one of the tops in the league,” she said. “They are solid everywhere.”
Illinois State averages 12.65 kills, 1.32 aces, 16.19 digs and 2.71 blocks per set.
Although Indiana State is 3-14 and 1-6, the Sycamores are a scrappy bunch that plays better at home, Bernthal Booth said. Shea Doran is second in the MVC and leads the Sycamores with 3.74 kills per set while hitting .271.
Creighton (15-3, 6-1) grabbed a share of first place in the Valley after snapping Northern Iowa’s 59-match MVC win streak last week.
That makes every match more interesting.
“What I told the team is everyone wants to take down the team that is in first place,” Bernthal Booth said. “Right now, we have that target on us. We have to come ready to play every night.”
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