PEORIA, Ill. — With its school-record ninth straight win Friday, Creighton also matched its record for victories in a season. And to top its most wins in a season, all the Bluejays have to do is knock off three-time defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Northern Iowa on Saturday.
But first, Creighton (21-3 overall) improved to 12-1 in the Valley by beating Bradley 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-13. The Bluejays remain a half-game ahead of the Panthers going into their 6 p.m. match.
On Friday, Megan Bober, a senior from Elmwood-Murdock, had a triple-double while freshman Melanie Jereb added a double-double. Bober (45 assists, 12 digs, 11 kills) has recorded a triple-double in her last four matches against Bradley. Jereb had 14 kills and 16 digs.
“Our back court defense, overall, was solid,” Bluejay coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said. “We did a nice job fighting to keep balls up and then transitioning for kills.”
Creighton got long serving runs from Katie Neisler, Kate Elman and Kelli Browning in the first set to build a 19-6 lead and cruised from there. Michelle Sicner had five of her 11 kills in the opening frame as the Jays hit .393 in the first.
In the second set, Jereb had seven kills and eight digs while Elman added 11 of her match-high 25 digs as the Bluejays went up 2-0.
After dropping the third set and clinging to a 15-13 lead in the fourth, Browning served a 7-0 run to put Creighton back in control. The Bluejays outhit the Braves .309-.145 on the night.
“The team has been playing hard and playing confidently,” Booth said. “We will approach tomorrow’s match against UNI the same way we approach every conference match. Our focus up to this point has been strictly on Bradley.
“We will now shift gears and prepare for a very good UNI team. It should be a great atmosphere and we look forward to the challenge.”