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Megan Bober was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week and
the Creighton Volleyball team is up one spot to No. 27 in this week's AVCA
Division I coaches poll, the highest mark in program history. CU earned 31
points, one point out of 26th place and just 72 points out of an elusive
The Bluejays are off to their best 23-match start in program history with a
20-3 record, and alone in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference with
an 11-1 league mark. This start has helped the Jays receive votes in the
AVCA Top 25 poll for the eighth time this season.
Creighton also jumped up two spots to No. 32 in the NCAA's RPI, which is
significantly higher than a No. 41 rank at a similar time two years ago
(Nov. 1, 2010), when CU went on to earn an at-large bid and reach the second
round of the NCAA Tournament.
A senior from Murdock, Neb., Bober averaged 11.57 assists, 4.14 digs, 1.57
blocks and 1.57 kills per set to claim MVC Defensive Player of the Week
honors for the first time. Bober had 43 assists and a career-high 19 digs
in Friday¹s win over Evansville, adding four kills and two blocks. Bober had
nine digs in the first set and seven more in the third set as CU never
trailed in the 3-0 triumph. On Saturday, Bober approached the ultra-rare
quadruple-double with 38 assists, 10 digs, nine blocks and seven kills on
.263 hitting. Five of her blocks came in the third set, a 25-23 victory,
that helped turn the momentum in a 3-1 victory. Bober¹s 10 digs on Saturday
made her the first player in MVC history with at least 700 kills, 3,900
assists, 350 blocks and 1,000 digs in a career. Saturday¹s win avenged
CU¹s only league loss of the season, set a program record with its ninth
straight home victory, and tied a program record with its eighth straight
Statistically, sophomore Kelli Browning ranks second in the nation in
blocking, averaging 1.73 blocks per set. Browning also ranks 10 nationally
in hitting percentage at .407. That makes her one of two players nationally
to rank in the top-10 in both categories, joining Florida State's Ashley
Neff. The only other Bluejay ranked in the top-100 of any category is Kate
Elman, who is 60th with 4.99 digs per set, a figure that ranks fifth-best
among freshmen nationwide.
As a team, the Jays average of 3.18 stuffs per set ranks third nationally.
Creighton is also ranked among the top-100 in winning percentage (12th,
.870), hitting percentage (35th, .252), digs per set (34th, 17.33) and kills
per set (84th, 13.39).
Creighton plays a pair of road matches this weekend, taking on Bradley at 7
pm on Friday and then Northern Iowa at 6 pm on Saturday.