Creighton will look to carry the momentum from an impressive season debut into a difficult three-match weekend, which features a showdown with last season's national champion.
The Jays opened the 2021 campaign with three dominant wins last weekend. They won with a sweep in each match, holding their opponents to fewer than 17 points in six of the nine sets.
It was a good start, according to coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth. She thought her players controlled the action with their serves, followed the scouting report to make things tough on opposing hitters and delivered well-placed passes to stay in system and set up their offense.
But another test awaits. Three of them, actually.
CU will play Southern California, No. 3 Kentucky and Northern Iowa over the next two days in Lexington, Kentucky. The host Wildcats, who will take the court against Creighton on Saturday morning, are coming off a national title run last spring.
"This weekend we go into the lion's den a little bit to play a whole 'nother level of teams," Booth said. "We're excited to see how we match up against those guys."
These four teams had played one another in a nonconference tournament for six straight seasons before the pandemic shortened the 2020 campaign. Creighton has produced a 4-2 record against UNI and Kentucky. But it's just 1-5 against USC.