Creighton coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth couldn't believe Michelle Sicner's numbers after victories against DePaul and Marquette last weekend.
The Bluejay setter averaged 10.29 assists, 3.86 digs, 3.43 kills and 0.57 blocks per set. She hit .579 in both matches.
“Her numbers were off the chart,” Booth said. “They were crazy.”
Those numbers helped Sicner, a 6-foot-2 junior from Millard North, earn AVCA national player of the week honors Tuesday. She's the first player in Creighton history to receive the award. She got the news at practice.
“It's really exciting and I feel really honored,” she said. “I don't think I would have been able to get that reward without the rest of the girls. It was a team thing.”
Sicner became the second player in program history to post consecutive triple-doubles and extended her streak of double-doubles to six straight.
Sicner led Creighton in assists (72), kills (24), digs (27) and hitting percentage (.579) in seven sets last weekend.
Booth said she and associate head coach Tom Mendoza have been working a lot with Sicner on her offense. The Bluejays have a tradition of active setters who don't just set the ball. They'll hit or dump it when the time is right.
That helps open the court up for the other hitters.
“I want her to mix up where she's throwing the ball,” Booth said. “When she's throwing the ball, is she drawing a block? I feel like she's not just throwing the balls over the net, there is a purpose and rationale.
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“She's just so versatile. She has all kinds of dumps in her arsenal. She has four or five options, which makes her very difficult to scout.”
Sicner said her year as a rightside hitter has paid off since she moved back to setting after Megan Bober's graduation last season. Her attitude has changed when she knows she's going to get a chance to hit the ball over the net.
“It's a little more exciting this year,” she said.
Booth said Sicner's dig numbers also were outstanding. Rightside hitters were pounding the ball at her last weekend, and Booth said she did an excellent job of keeping the ball in play.
“She really had a great weekend,” the coach said.
Creighton (12-4, 3-1) is at home again this week, play Big East leader Xavier (12-7, 4-1) at 7 p.m. Friday, then hosting Butler (16-4, 3-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday.