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Creighton volleyball sweeps Xavier to extend winning streak to eight matches

Creighton volleyball sweeps Xavier to extend winning streak to eight matches

CINCINNATI, Ohio — No. 16 Creighton extended its winning streak to eight consecutive matches with a three-game sweep of Xavier on Saturday afternoon.

The 25-11, 25-22, 25-16 victory capped a 2-0 start to league play for the Jays, who defeated Butler in four sets in a Big East opener on Friday.

CU handled the Musketeers (6-6, 1-1) in two of the three sets Saturday. The second game was the one that could have gone either way — Xavier held a 20-16 lead, but the Jays closed with a 9-2 run to take the set.

“I thought in Game 1 we played a fantastic game,” Creighton coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said. “We were really strong defensively and our offense was good.

“Then in Game 2, Xavier started to play a little better and we started to make some back-to-back errors, which is something that we just can’t do. We can’t let one error fall on to a second error, but I thought we made a good push at the end.

“In Game 3, our serve really disrupted them, and it was good to take control.”

Senior Jaela Zimmerman led the team with 14 kills. Junior Kiana Schmitt and freshman Norah Sis added eight kills each.

The Jays (14-1, 2-0) finished with seven aces (just one service error) and were credited with nine team blocks. They held Xavier to a .081 hitting percentage, the eighth time this season that a CU opponent has hit under .100.

Creighton is off to its best start in school history. It’ll play two more Big East road matches next weekend.

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