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Creighton Wins Opener, 17th Straight

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Leah McNary had 14 kills while Kelli Browning had 12
more as the No. 21 Creighton Volleyball team won its NCAA Tournament opener,
3-0, over Marquette on Friday evening in Minneapolis, Minn.

Scores of Creighton's 17th straight victory were 25-22, 25-23, 28-26.

The win was Creighton's (29-3) second NCAA Tournament victory in three
years, as the Jays also won in five sets in its NCAA Tournament debut in
2010 over Iowa State on the same Sports Pavilion floor.

Marquette ends its season with a 27-7 mark.

Creighton hit .412 in the opening set to down Marquette, 25-22. Bronwing had
five kills in as many swings to pace the Jays, while McNary had three kills
including the winner on set point. The match was tied five times early on
before Kate Elman served up a pair of aces during a 5-0 run that helped CU
to an 11-7 lead. MU got no closer than two the rest of the frame. MU hit
.366, getting five kills by Erin Lehman, as setter Elizabeth Koberstein
dished 16 assists.

Creighton won an even tighter second set that featured 14 ties and seven
lead changes. The Jays trailed 21-20 late, only to go on a 5-2 run to close
out the set. A kill from Browning evened the score and CU went ahead on a
Golden Eagles attack error. MU would answer with a Danielle Carlson kill to
tie the score at 22-all. McNary then followed with back-to-back kills,
giving CU a 24-22 lead. Marquette earned a sideout on another Carlson kill,
but the Jays then went back to McNary for the clincher, closing out the
25-23 set victory.

Creighton trailed much of the third set, but used a 3-0 run to go ahead
19-18. Marquette scored the next two points to go up 20-19, and the teams
would then exchange 14 straight drama-filled sideouts (as Creighton survived
three MU set points) until the score was knotted at 26 all. The Jays evened
the score at 26-all on a Golden Eagles service error. Michelle Sicner then
slammed her seventh kill to give CU a match point opportunity, which McNary
finished with a kill on the next chance.

McNary led CU with 14 kills on .294 hitting, while Browning had 12 kills and
hit .600 while also sharing team-high honors with Heather Thorson with four
blocks. Jereb finished with a team-best 15 digs, while Elman tallied 14
digs. Sicner hit .500 in 14 swings without an error. The Jays hit .267 and
finished with 48 kills, five aces, 54 digs and 12 blocks.

Marquette was paced by 13 kills each from Holly Mertens and Danielle
Carlson, while Lehman had 10 kills. Julie Jeziorowski had 19 digs to lead
all players on the afternoon. MU hit .231 and finished with 49 kills, two
aces, 62 digs and three blocks.

Creighton advances to play the winner of tonight's second match between
Liberty and eighth-seeded Minnesota. Saturday's contest will start at 6 pm.
A free video webcast will be available, and the contest can also be heard on
KOIL (1290 AM).

NOTES: Kate Elman became the third player in Creighton history with at least
600 digs in a season and stretched her career-opening streak of 10 or more
digs to 32 straight contests ... Creighton improved to 24-0 on the year when
winning the first set and 18-0 when leading a match 2-0 this fall ...
Creighton improved to 8-2 this year against teams in the NCAA Tournament
field ... Creighton has now won 11 straight matches away from home and are
7-0 on neutral floors this fall ... Creighton finishes the month of November
with a 9-0 record after also going undefeated in August (4-0) and October
(7-0) ... Creighton is one of eight teams to win at least one match in every
NCAA Tournament apperance in program history. The only other teams still
alive in the 2012 NCAA Tournament that can say that are Stanford, Texas and
Florida ...Creighton improved to 3-1 all-time vs. Marquette ...Megan Bober
set a school-record by playing in her 127th career match ...Creighton
improved to 11-1 against teams from the 2011 NCAA Tournament field ... The
MVC went 3-0 in the first round, as Northern Iowa swept Kansas State and
Wichita State overcame an 0-2 deficit to beat Arkansas ... Kelli Browning
now owns 184 block assists on the season, four shy of the MVC single-season
record ... The 55 combined wins between Marquette and Creighton entering the
match were more than any other NCAA Tournament first-round pairing ... Megan
Bober increased her school-record with her 23rd double-double of the season.

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