WICHITA, Kan. — Junior setter Michelle Sicner turned in a double-double as No. 23 Creighton picked up a straight-set win over South Dakota on Saturday at the Shocker Volleyball Classic.
Sicner had 30 assists, 16 digs, six kills and four blocks as the Jays won 25-19, 25-20, 25-19. It was the Millard North graduate’s 11th career double-double.
Creighton rebounded from a five-set loss to Hawaii on Friday.
The first set featured seven ties — as late as 16-all — before three straight South Dakota errors allowed CU to pull away.
Creighton (8-3) trailed nearly the entire second set, only to rally late behind the serving of sophomore Lizzy Stivers. Stivers served a 6-0 run to turn a 19-17 deficit into a 23-19 lead. After a USD sideout, CU got kills from Jess Bird and Melanie Jereb to close out the set.
In the third set, Creighton build an early 13-6 lead after Bird served six straight points. South Dakota countered by scoring eight of the next 10 points to pull within 15-14. But junior Leah McNary stopped the Coyotes’ momentum with a block, followed by a kill, and South Dakota got no closer than two the rest of the set.
Melanie Jereb had five of her team-high nine kills in the third set, and the sophomore also finished with 11 digs.
Kelli Browning had eight kills to go with a match-best six blocks. Bird, a freshman from Bennington, finished with seven kills and 10 digs.
Gretna native Kendall Kritenbrink led South Dakota with 13 kills and 13 digs, while libero Kaitlyn Hastings had 19 digs. The Coyotes had 36 kills on .141 hitting, while Creighton had 41 kills on .206 hitting.
Creighton closes out play at the Shocker Volleyball Classic at 2 p.m. Sunday against host Wichita State.
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Video: Creighton coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth after the match: