Brittany Witt is cooking up quite the rookie season for the Creighton volleyball team. She leads all Big East freshmen in digs (274) and digs per set (4.2) while playing every match at libero for the Jays. She’s first in digs for CU and is second in aces with 16.
Creighton coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said she felt a little speechless Saturday night as the Bluejays basked in the joy of earning their first spot in the sweet 16 of the NCAA volleyball tournament.
The Creighton volleyball team hopes to hold two celebrations this weekend. The scheduled party will be Sunday when the Bluejays honor seniors Ashley Jansen, Melanie Jereb, Maggie Baumert, Kate Elman and Lizzy Stivers after their 2 p.m. game with Butler.
The Bluejay Invitational ended on a very happy note for one Omaha Marian graduate.
Catch Kate Elman with a big grin on her face Saturday night after a point by Pacific and you’ll know why. She’ll be facing her little sister Lexi for the first and likely last time when the teams tangle at 7:30 p.m. at D.J. Sokol Arena, part of the Bluejay Invitational.
As long as Creighton was in the NCAA Tournament with coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth at the helm, making it past the first round was the norm —as the Bluejays proved in their past three appearances. That streak ended against Oregon State as the Beavers (20-13) defeated the Jays (25-9) in four sets (25-21, 26-24, 19-25, 25-21) Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Topeka, Kan.
Creighton libero Kate Elman was named the Big East defensive player of the week on Monday after helping the Bluejays open conference play 3-0 …