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Creighton volleyball defeats Southern California in five sets

Creighton volleyball defeats Southern California in five sets

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Creighton scored the final five points in the fifth set to complete a late comeback and earn a dramatic victory over Southern California Friday evening.

The Jays had built a 2-0 set advantage, but the Trojans responded by taking the next two sets and carrying the momentum into the fifth. USC led 13-10, two points away from completing a comeback.

That's when CU's rally began. After a service error by the Trojans, Creighton freshman Norah Sis recorded her 20th kill to pull the Jays within 13-12. USC's next attack attempt didn't clear the net and senior Naomi Hickman delivered a solo block to set up match point. The competitive showdown ended with another USC swing into the net.

The 25-19, 25-21, 18-25, 19-25, 15-13 victory improved the Jays' record to 4-0, their best start since 2017. They won the season's first 11 sets (including last weekend's three sweeps), which was a program first.

Sis' 20 kills led the team Friday. Senior Jaela Zimmerman, who served CU's final four points against USC (3-2), finished with 16 kills and 16 digs. Freshman setter Kendra Wait contributed nine kills and eight digs to go along with her 50 assists.

Senior Abby Bottomley had 17 digs and junior Keeley Davis logged 14.

The Jays are scheduled to return to action Saturday when they'll play a road match against No. 3 Kentucky, which won last season's national championship. That match will begin at 9:30 a.m. on SEC Network Plus.

Creighton wraps up its weekend with a 4 p.m. match Saturday against Northern Iowa on ESPN Plus.

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