February 26, 2024
2022 Volleyball Season Recap – Creighton University Athletics


2022 Creighton Volleyball Recap

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    A ninth consecutive BIG EAST regular-season title and 11th straight NCAA Tournament bid highlighted the 2022 season for Creighton Volleyball. The Bluejays finished 27-5 overall and saw Norah Sis named BIG EAST Player of the Year, Ava Martin tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and Kendra Wait recognized as an Academic All-American. Sis and Wait were also named Honorable Mention All-Americans by the AVCA.

    On the heels of a 31-4 season and sweep of BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles, the Bluejays entered the fall ranked 18th nationally and garnered 9-of-11 first place votes in the preseason poll of league coaches.

    CU opened the season with wins over Iowa State, Wichita State and Wyoming at the Rumble in the Rockies Tournament in Laramie, Wyo., with Sis bringing home MVP honors.

    The Bluejays returned home to host the Bluejay Invitational, kicking off its season in D.J. Sokol Arena with a 3-1 win over No. 25 USC. A 3-1 setback against then-No. 16 Kentucky preceded a sweep of eventual Missouri Valley Conference champion Northern Iowa.

    Creighton then moved a mile down the street for its annual match-up against 2021 NCAA runner-up Nebraska. In front of a then-record NCAA regular-season volleyball-only crowd of 15,797, the Bluejays and Cornhuskers battled five sets in front of a nationally-televised audience on FS1 before NU ultimately prevailed.

    Days later CU played its first matches at Baxter Arena for the Omaha Invitational, outlasting both Florida State and host Omaha in five sets for its second tourney title of the fall.

    Creighton closed out non-conference play with a trip to Houston, Texas. CU knocked off longtime nemesis Kansas State before falling to host Rice in five sets to drop its record to 8-3.

    The Bluejays opened league play with four straight sweeps for the first time before overcoming an 0-2 deficit at UConn to post its third 3-2 win of the fall. During that stretch of 3-0 wins Jaela Zimmerman returned to the court in a limited role after the All-American had suffered an ACL injury last December. One week later after taking down UConn, CU would once again have to rally from an 0-2 hole to defeat No. 16 Marquette. The Jays picked up a 3-2 win vs. DePaul two days later, improving to 16-3 overall and 8-0 in BIG EAST action.

    The scares only seemed to push CU to greater heights, as CU would sweep its next nine opponents to compile a school-record 29-set win streak. CU’s eighth win in that streak was a memorable Senior Day for seven women that saw senior Keeley Davis set the CU career record for aces and classmate Zimmerman reach the 1,000-kill milestone in a 3-0 win vs. Seton Hall.

    Creighton’s bid for a perfect 18-0 league record fell short with a loss at No. 16 Marquette to end the regular-season, dropping CU to the No. 2 seed after both programs finished with identical 17-1 conference records. Nonetheless, it was still CU’s unprecedented ninth consecutive BIG EAST regular-season title.

    Creighton hosted an expanded BIG EAST Championship over Thanksgiving week. CU swept third-seeded Xavier in the semifinals before yet another epic 3-2 win over No. 14 Marquette. Sis was named MVP of the BIG EAST Tournament, and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by both Martin and Wait.

    The league tournament title, CU’s eighth in the past 10 years, also clinched an 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. Creighton once again earned a hosting role and sold out D.J. Sokol Arena, only to be upset by a freshman-laden Auburn team with Wait sidelined due to injury in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Creighton finished the season with a 27-5 mark and ranked 21st in the year-end AVCA poll.

Creighton Coaches

Creighton was coached by Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Truman State, 1997), who owns a 441-184 record after her 20th season with the Bluejays. She’s led Creighton to nine straight BIG EAST titles (2014-21), and 10 league crowns in the last 11 years. Booth led the Bluejays to their first two Sweet 16’s (2015, 2016) and first Elite Eight  (2016) in program history. In 2016  she was recognized as VolleyballMag.com National Coach of the Year, BIG EAST Coach of the Year and AVCA East Region Coach of the Year. Booth was tabbed BIG EAST Coach of the Year for the third time in 2019.

    The winningest coach in school history, Booth has taken Creighton to its only 12 NCAA Tournament bids in the program’s modern history (including 2022). She’s also coached CU into the top-25 each of the last 11 seasons (including 2022), another program first.

    Booth came to Creighton after going 112-41 in three years at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A native of Lincoln, Neb., Booth played volleyball at Truman State, where she was named conference MVP, an Academic All-American and Missouri’s 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year. She ranked third in Division II history with 6,077 assists when she graduated.

    Booth was assisted by Angie Oxley Behrens, Brian Rosen and Elise Fulcher.

All-BIG EAST Quartet

Four members of the Creighton Volleyball program earned All-BIG EAST honors, with Norah Sis being selected as Player of the Year and Ava Martin recognized as Freshman of the Year.

    Sis joined Lydia Dimke (2016) and Jaali Winters (2018) as Creighton women named BIG EAST Player of the Year. Sis lived up to the hype as Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year as she led the league in kills per set (4.33) and points per set (4.72). The Papillion, Neb., product was a three-time BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and had single-match highs of 30 kills (vs. Auburn), 19 digs (vs. Florida State and at Rice) and nine blocks (vs. DePaul). Sis was also an All-BIG EAST selection in 2021, when she brought home Freshman of the Year accolades from the BIG EAST.

    Martin becomes Creighton’s fourth BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, joining Jaali Winters (2015) as well as current teammates Keeley Davis (2019) and Norah Sis (2021). A four-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week this season, Martin ranked ninth in the BIG EAST in hitting percentage (.309) during league play and the Bluejays were 13-1 when the Overland Park, Kan., native owned eight or more kills.

    One of the league’s most improved players, Kiana Schmitt earned her first All-BIG EAST plaudit after a huge season that saw her top the conference in BIG EAST play with 1.23 blocks per set and ranking fourth with a .361 hitting percentage. Creighton is 20-0 all-time when the senior owns four or more blocks and 42-6 when the Waunakee, Wis., middle blocker generates six or more kills. The two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week this fall had her best match in a 3-2 win vs. DePaul when she finished with career-highs of 16 kills and 13 blocks.

    Kendra Wait was named All-BIG EAST for the second straight season after once again leading the BIG EAST in assists per set. The Gardner, Kan., native was the nation’s only player to average at least 11.00 assists and 3.00 digs per set. Wait led the Bluejays with 18 double-doubles this fall.

    This year marked the 10th time in as many years as a member of the BIG EAST that Creighton has had multiple all-conference selections, and eighth straight season with three or more First Team selections.

Postseason Honors

Norah Sis and Kendra Wait were both named Honorable Mention All-Americans at season’s end by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

    It’s the second straight Honorable Mention accolade for Wait, while Sis was a Third Team All-American last fall. Creighton was the nation’s only team with multiple sophomores to be named All-Americans in 2022.

    This year marks the 11th straight season that Creighton has had at least one All-American, with multiple All-Americans in seven of the past eight campaigns.

    Creighton now owns 27 all-time AVCA All-America accolades in program history, which have been earned by 15 different women.

    Sis and Wait were also named All-East Region by the AVCA, while Kiana Schmitt was an Honorable Mention all-East Region selection.

    This year’s awards mark the eighth straight year that Creighton has had two or more student-athletes earn First Team All-Region acclaim, putting the Bluejays in elite company with the likes of Texas (22 straight years), Kentucky (13), Minnesota (13), Nebraska (12), Wisconsin (11), BYU (9) and Pittsburgh (8).

    Creighton’s 25 First Team All-Region selections since 2015 ranks 10th-most nationally, trailing only Texas (40), Kentucky (36), Minnesota (35), Nebraska (35), Stanford (30), Florida (29), Wisconsin (28), Pittsburgh (27) and Penn State (26).

Wait An Academic All-American

Sophomore Kendra Wait was named a Second Team Academic All-American, as chosen by College Sports Communicators.

    The 2022 Academic All-America® Volleyball Teams, selected by College Sports Communicators (formerly known as CoSIDA), recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field or court and in the classroom.

    Creighton is one of six schools with a Women’s Volleyball Academic All-American in each of the past two seasons, joining Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Texas, Texas Tech and UCF, but CU and UCF are the only two schools with different honorees each season. Last fall Creighton’s Abby Bottomley was named a First Team Academic All-American.

    Wait is the seventh different player in program history to be named an Academic All-American, and first sophomore.  The Nursing major owns a 4.00 GPA. She was one of four Bluejays on the All-America ballot after earning Academic All-District accolades along with teammates Kiara Reinhardt, Kiana Schmitt and Norah Sis.

Back For More (Awards)

After earning a similar honor last fall, Norah Sis was named Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Championship in 2022 as well. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow Bluejays Ava Martin and Kendra Wait.

    Nobody had been named Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Championship multiple times since Creighton’s Jaali Winters (2016, 2018), and no player had won the award in back-to-back seasons since Notre Dame’s Jaimie Lee in 1996 and 1997.

Booth’s Haul

With eight titles, Kirsten Bernthal Booth is one of two volleyball coaches in league history to win six or more BIG EAST Championship titles.

    The only other coach with six or more was Notre Dame’s Debbie Brown (9).

BIG EAST Tournament Champions

Creighton Volleyball won the school’s 10th different BIG EAST Tournament title for since joining the BIG EAST in the summer of 2013. All but two of those titles have been won by the volleyball program.

    Creighton (2022) joined Notre Dame (1996), Louisville (2010) and Marquette (2013) as the only programs to win the BIG EAST Tournament in men’s soccer and women’s volleyball in the same year.

Creighton’s BIG EAST Tournament Titles (10)

Baseball (1): 2019

Men’s Soccer (1): 2022

Volleyball (8): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022

Nine In A Row

Creighton clinched a share of its ninth straight BIG EAST regular-season title on Nov. 18 with a win at DePaul.

    With its 2022 title, Creighton became the first team in BIG EAST volleyball history to win nine straight regular-season titles. The previous record had been seven by Notre Dame from 1999-2005.

    The Bluejay volleyball team is also the first Creighton program in any sport to win nine or more straight league titles, surpassing the five in a row by the men’s soccer program (1992-96).

Champions Among Champions

Since the start of the 2012 season, Creighton, Texas and Western Kentucky are the nation’s only schools to have won 10 conference regular-season titles (including 2022). All but two of Creighton’s nine crowns (including 2022) were outright titles, whereas Texas shared one title and WKU shared five.

    Creighton has also won nine conference tournament titles since 2012, the most in the nation.

Most Conference Titles 2012-2022

Regular-Season    League Tournament

10 (2 shared) Creighton    9 Creighton

10 (1) Texas    8 Dayton

10 (5) Western Kentucky    8 Western Kentucky

9 Fairfield    7 Fairfield

8 BYU    6 American

8 (1) Colorado State    6 LIU

Creighton’s NCAA Tournament History

Creighton made its 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the past 13 years after earning an 11th straight bid to the Big Dance. The Bluejays made their NCAA debut in 2010 and have been in every tournament since then with the exception of 2011.

    The Bluejays are 12-12 in its first 12 appearances, and have knocked off the likes of Iowa State (2010 and 2019), Marquette (2012), Arkansas (2013), Coastal Carolina (2015 and 2017),  No. 23 North Carolina (2015), Northern Iowa (2016),  No. 4 Kansas (2016), No. 17 Michigan (2016), South Dakota (2018) and Ole Miss (2021).

    Creighton is 9-3 in First Round play, 2-7 in the Second Round, 1-1 in the Regional semifinals and 0-1 in the Regional finals. The Bluejays are 3-4 at home, 7-3 in neutral-site matches and 2-5 in true road matches.

    Kirsten Bernthal Booth is 12-12 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is the only Bluejay head coach to lead the program into the postseason. Booth’s 12th appearances in the NCAA Tournament as Creighton’s coach are more than any other coach in any other Bluejay sport ever.

NCAA Tourney Streak

The NCAA Tournament run for Creighton men’s soccer, as well as the inclusion of Creighton Volleyball into the 2022 NCAA Tournament,  extended an impressive  streak for Bluejay athletics.

    This year marked the 36th straight academic calendar year that Creighton has had at least one NCAA Tournament team.

    Only 11 schools made the NCAA Tournament in both women’s volleyball and men’s soccer this fall.

    The group includes Creighton, Fairleigh Dickinson, High Point, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Quinnipiac, San Diego, Stanford and Washington.

    Creighton, Kentucky, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Washington are the only schools with teams in both events each of the past two seasons.

Against NCAA Tournament Teams

Creighton went 6-5 against teams in the field of 64, including two victories vs. Marquette and one win each vs. Northern Iowa, Iowa State, USC and Florida State.

    In 11 matches this fall against NCAA Tournament teams, Norah Sis averaged 4.19 kills per set, Kendra Wait averaged 10.55 assists and 3.90 digs per set and Allison Whitten averaged 3.83 digs per set. The Jays hit .221 and averaged 13.81 kills, 1.21 aces, 17.47 digs and 1.62 blocks per set.

vs. NCAA Tournament Teams

Opponent    CU Score    

Auburn    L 2-3

Florida State    W 3-2    

Iowa State    W 3-0    

Kentucky    L 1-3    

Marquette    W 3-2    

Marquette    L 0-3    

Marquette    W 3-2    

Nebraska    L 2-3    

Northern Iowa    W 3-0    

Rice    L 2-3    

USC    W 3-1    

Seed Value

Creighton was a top 16 national seed in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the past eight seasons. Only 12 schools in the country can say that, as seen below:

    Rk.    School    Top 16 Seeds Since 2015

    1.    Minnesota    8

        Nebraska    8

        Texas    8

    4.    BYU    7

        Florida    7

        Penn State    7

        Wisconsin    7

    8.    Washington    6

        Kentucky    6

        Stanford    6

    11.    Creighton    5

        Baylor    5

11 Straight NCAA’s

Creighton Volleyball has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 11 seasons. They are the first women’s team in any sport at Creighton to make 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

    The only other sport in Creighton history to make 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances is the men’s soccer program, which qualified in 17 straight seasons from 1992-2008.

     Creighton is one of nine teams nationally to have appeared in each of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments (2012-22). That group features BYU, Creighton, Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, Penn State, San Diego, Texas and Washington.

    There are also 13 schools that have appeared in 12 of the last 13 NCAA Tournaments, a group that includes Creighton, Florida State, Hawai’i, Minnesota, Purdue and Stanford.

    Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, Penn State, San Diego, Texas and Washington have appeared in every NCAA Tournament since at least 2010.

A Bunch of Winners

Creighton owns 58 wins during the last two seasons, fourth-most in the nation in that span and trailing only Final Four qualifiers Louisville (63), Pitt (61) and Wisconsin (59).

    The only teams with 27 or more wins each of the past two campaigns are Creighton, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Texas, UCF, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Nation’s Toughest Sub-Regional?

The records of the teams that came to Omaha for the NCAA Tournament certainly made a strong case that it’s the nation’s toughest sub-Regional.

    The 105 combined wins on Selection Sunday between Creighton, Auburn, South Dakota and Houston are six more than any other site (Marquette hosted Ball State, Georgia Tech and Wright State).

    The 18 combined losses for the Creighton sub-Regional were part of a three-way tie for the fewest along with Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh hosted BYU, Colgate and James Madison) and Penn State (Penn State hosted UCF, UMBC and Yale).

    The winning percentage of the four teams (.854) on Selection Sunday was also the best of any site, topping the Pittsburgh sub-Regional (Pittsburgh hosted BYU, Colgate and James Madison).

Match That!

Only 10 teams in the nation owned 27 or more wins on Selection Sunday, and three of them were in the Omaha sub-Regional. It was the only sub-Regional site with three 27-win teams, while nine of the 16 sites (Stanford, Oregon, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Louisville, Florida and Baylor) didn’t have a single team with 27 victories.

    Rank    W-L    School

    1.    29-1    Towson

        29-3    South Dakota

    3.    28-3    Houston

        28-3    Western Kentucky

        28-3    Wright State

    6.    27-1    San Diego

        27-1    UCF

        27-3    Pittsburgh

        27-4    Creighton

Setting The Pace

Only nine teams in the nation had won 86 or more sets by Selection Sunday, and three of them were in Omaha for the sub-Regional.

    South Dakota led the nation with 90 sets won. Houston was tied for fifth with 87 sets won, while Creighton was tied for seventh with 86 sets won. If you’re curious, Auburn had won 68 sets by then.

    Rank    Sets Won    School

    1.    90    South Dakota

    2.    89    Wright State

        89    Drake

        89    Towson

    5.    87    UCF

        87    Houston

    7.    86    Creighton

        86    Marquette

        86    Western Kentucky

The. Best.

No matter how you slice it, Creighton and Marquette have dominated BIG EAST Volleyball since 2013.

Stat    CU    MU    Everyone Else

BIG EAST Reg.-Season Titles    9    3    0

BIG EAST Play Win Percentage    .917    .830    .408

BIG EAST Tourney Titles    8    1    1

BIG EAST Player of the Year    3    5    3

BIG EAST Libero of the Year    2    0    8

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year    4    3    4

BIG EAST Coach of the Year    3    2    5

AVCA All-Americans*    6    2    0

AVCA H.M. All-Americans    16    8    14

AVCA Region Freshman of Year    3    1    2

AVCA Region Coach of Year    3    0    2

CoSIDA Academic All-Americans    6    3    0

*First/Second/Third Teams only

Thorn In Marquette’s Side

Marquette is 237-73 since the start of the 2013 season, but just 5-22 in that time against Creighton.

    In other words, the Golden Eagles own a .185 winning percentage against Creighton (5-22) compared to a .820 mark (233-51) against everyone else.

    No other team has beaten Marquette more than five times in the past decade (2013-22), with in-state rival Wisconsin (5) next-closest. Among BIG EAST teams, Xavier owns four wins to top those schools not named Creighton.

    If you wanted to break it down to just the past five seasons, Marquette is 2-12 against Creighton (.143) and 119-14 (.895) against everyone else.

BIG EAST’S Best

Since the reconfiguration of the BIG EAST in the  summer of 2013, Creighton, Marquette and St. John’s are the only teams to win any sort of BIG EAST volleyball title.

    Marquette won the regular-season and tournament title in 2013, while Creighton swept both titles in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. CU won the 2019 regular-season crown, while St. John’s upset nationally-ranked Creighton and Marquette to bring home the 2019 tournament title. In 2020, Creighton won the Midwest Division regular-season title, while St. John’s claimed the East Division crown. In both 2021 and 2022, Creighton and Marquette shared the regular-season title and CU won the tournament title.

    Below is a look at the record of each BIG EAST team since league realignment in 2013:

BIG EAST VB Standings Since 2013

             BIG EAST only    All     matches

Team (NCAA Bids)    W    L    W    L

Creighton (10)    154    14    254    65

Marquette (9)    137    28    238    73

Xavier    97    69    152    139

Butler    90    78    157    138

Villanova (1)    84    84    155    134

St. John’s (1)    79    89    172    139

Seton Hall (1)    71    96    143    156

DePaul    45    123    109    173

Georgetown    35    125    86    186

Connecticut#    27    17    45    32

Providence*    27    125    94    165

*Providence rejoined the league for volleyball in 2014 and

its 2013 overall record (12-20) is not included above.

#Connecticut rejoined the league in 2020 and

its record from 2013-19 (96-121) is not included above.

The Avengers

During its nine-year run of BIG EAST Tournament titles from 2014-22, Creighton has just 10 regular-season league losses. In nearly every case, Creighton would avenge that loss with a league tournament victory over the opponent that beat them previously.

    This year’s Creighton team owned one league loss, and avenged that loss against Marquette in the final.

Date    Loss    Tourney Rematch Result

10/10/14    at Seton Hall    

11/23/14    Seton Hall    W 3-1

10/30/15    at Villanova    W 3-0

10/05/17    at Marquette    W 3-2

11/17/17    at Villanova    W 3-0

11/08/19    at Villanova    Didn’t Meet

02/06/20    Marquette    W 3-1

10/01/21    at St. John’s    Didn’t Meet

10/16/21    at Connecticut    Didn’t Meet

11/19/22    at #16 Marquette    W 3-2

Not One, Not Two…

With a win on Nov. 26th, Creighton became the sixth different program to win three straight league tournament titles.

    The others to do it:

3 Straight BIG EAST Tourney Titles

    1988-94 (7)    Pittsburgh

    1995-98 (4)    Notre Dame

    2000-02 (3)    Notre Dame

    2008-10 (3)    Louisville

    2014-18 (5)    Creighton

    2020-22 (3)    Creighton

JZ Wins Again

Jaela Zimmerman tied a school record on Nov. 26th when she played in her fourth BIG EAST Tournament title match victory.

    She is the fifth Bluejay to play in four conference tournament championship wins, joining Marysa Wilkinson (2014-17), Jaali Winters (2015-18), Taryn Kloth (2015-18) and Naomi Hickman (2017-18, 2020-21).

    Creighton won each of the last 21 matches that Zimmerman has appeared in.

No Slump Here

Norah Sis and Kendra Wait were two of the nation’s best freshmen last year, and showed no sign of a sophomore slump this fall.

    Sis finished last season with 435 kills. With 30 kills in the NCAA Tournament, she ended with 489 kills. That ranked fourth-most in CU single-season history.

    Wait had 1,213 assists last season, which ranked 10th most in CU single-season history. This year she owned 1,272 assists, tied for eighth-most in program history.

D.J. Sokol Arena Records Fall

Three different current Bluejays own D.J. Sokol  Arena season or career records.

    Keeley Davis owns the career mark for service aces (66), 13 more than the previous mark held by Kate Elman.

    Norah Sis owns the career mark for both kills per set (4.19) and points per set (4.65), just ahead of Jaali Winters (3.86 kps., 4.24 pps.) in both categories. Sis also set the single-season kills per set record (4.25 kps.) this fall.

    Kendra Wait tied for the single-season arena record with 588 assists, matching Madelyn Cole’s output in 2018 in an identical 53 sets played.

    This year is the 14th season of D.J. Sokol Arena, which opened in 2009 and has hosted 196 Bluejay matches.

Not A Freshman Anymore

The season-high 22 kills by Creighton’s Ava Martin on Nov. 26 were the most by a freshman in the BIG EAST Tournament final since Louisville’s Lola Arslanbekova had 25 vs. Cincinnati in 2009.

    Martin is Creighton’s fourth BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. The other three also stepped up in their NCAA Tournament debuts.

    Jaali Winters (2015) had 20 kills and 10 digs in a 3-1 win vs. Coastal Carolina. Keeley Davis (2019) had 15 kills and hit .448 in a 3-0 win vs. Iowa State. Norah Sis (2021) had 16 kills and 10 digs on .444 hitting in a 3-0 win vs. Ole Miss. Martin owned 14 kills, four assists and three digs in her NCAA Tourney debut vs. Auburn.

Break Out The Brooms

Prior to a Nov. 19th 3-0 loss at Marquette, Creighton had won 29 straight sets over the course of 33 days.

    It was the longest streak of sets won in program history, four more than the previous high. Three of CU’s longest eight sets won streaks have now been snapped by Marquette.

Consecutive Sets Won

    Set Wins    Dates    Snapped By

    29    Oct. 16, Nov. 18, 2022    at #16 Marquette

    25    Oct. 22-Nov. 20, 2016    Villanova

    25    Oct. 26-Nov. 23, 2018    #16 Marquette

    22    Nov. 7-Dec. 2, 2021    Kansas

    19    Oct. 12-Nov. 3, 2019    at Villanova

    15    Oct. 7-21, 2016    at Marquette

    15    Sept. 28-Oct. 13, 2018    at Villanova

    15    Sept. 11-24, 2021    at Butler

Top 25 History

Creighton is 172-40 all-time when playing as a ranked team, and also 18-23 all-time against ranked teams when ranked itself. That mark improves to 2-1 when both Creighton and its opponent are ranked in the top 10.

    Since the start of the 2012 season, 38 of Creighton’s 69 losses have come against ranked teams. In that same period, Creighton is 262-31 against unranked teams. Creighton has won all but three of its past 94 home matches over unranked teams and all but 10 of its last 121 matches at all sites against unranked teams.

    After a total of three total top-25 wins from 1994-2014, Creighton has earned at least one top-25 win each of the last eight seasons (2015-22). That includes a record-tying four top-25 victories in 2019.

    Creighton is 23-84 all-time against ranked teams and 13 of those top 25 wins all-time have come against either Marquette (8) or Kentucky (5).

    The highest ranked teams that Creighton has ever beaten at any site were No. 3 Washington (8/26/17 in Seattle) and No. 3 Kentucky (9/4/21 in Lexington). CU’s highest-ranked opponent it has defeated at home was a 3-1 win over then-No. 9 Marquette on Nov. 22, 2019.

Ranked vs. Ranked (CU is 18-23)

Home: 8-9    Away: 5-8     Neutral: 5-6

Date    Winner    Loser    CU Score

11/19/12    #11 Minnesota    #21 Creighton    1-3

08/30/13    #25 Creighton    #13 BYU    3-1

09/14/13    #11 UCLA    #24 Creighton    1-3

09/16/13    #7 Hawaii    #23 Creighton    2-3

08/30/14    #22 Kansas    #23 Creighton    1-3

09/03/16    #23 Kentucky    #22 Creighton    0-3

12/02/16    #21 Creighton    #4 Kansas    3-2

12/09/16    #21 Creighton    #17 Michigan    3-2

12/10/16    #5 Texas    #21 Creighton    0-3

08/26/17    #9 Creighton    #3 Washington    3-1

09/01/17    #7 Creighton    #13 Kentucky    3-0

09/02/17    #18 USC    #7 Creighton    0-3

09/08/17    #17 Purdue    #9 Creighton    1-3

09/09/17    #9 Creighton    #7 Kansas    3-0

09/16/17    #19 Iowa State    #8 Creighton    2-3

12/12/17    #12 Michigan St.    #15 Creighton    1-3

08/24/18    #13 Creighton    #5 Kentucky    3-2

08/25/18    #10 USC    #13 Creighton    2-3

09/06/18    #7 Nebraska    #14 Creighton    2-3

09/15/18    #8 Illinois    #10 Creighton    1-3

09/23/18    #10 Creighton    #21 Marquette    3-0

10/26/18    #10 Creighton    #18 Marquette    3-1

11/24/18    #9 Creighton    #16 Marquette    3-1

12/01/18    #22 Washington    #9 Creighton    0-3

08/30/19    #2 Nebraska    #18 Creighton    1-3

08/31/19    #20 Baylor    #18 Creighton    0-3

09/06/19    #23 Creighton    #12 Kentucky    3-1

09/07/19    #23 Creighton    #15 USC    3-1

09/14/19    #12 Washington    #17 Creighton    1-3

10/12/19    #13 Creighton    #10 Marquette    3-2

11/22/19    #12 Creighton    #9 Marquette    3-1

12/07/19    #7 Minnesota    #15 Creighton    2-3

02/05/21    #19 Creighton    #25 Marquette    3-2

02/06/21    #25 Marquette    #19 Creighton    0-3

09/08/21    #3 Nebraska    #19 Creighton    0-3

09/02/22    #17 Creighton    #25 USC    3-1

09/03/22    #16 Kentucky    #17 Creighton    1-3

09/07/22    #2 Nebraska    #17 Creighton    2-3

10/14/22    #21 Creighton    #16 Marquette    3-2

11/19/22    #16 Marquette    #11 Creighton    0-3

11/26/22    #15 Creighton    #14 Marquette    3-2

Block Record Falls

Creighton set a school-record for total blocks and block assists the last time it met DePaul on Oct. 16.

    Creighton’s 22.0 blocks broke the record of 21.0 done twice before (in 2003 and 2012), and the most by any BIG EAST team since 2018.

    Creighton’s 40 block assists were two more than the previous mark set in 2009 and 2012, and eight more than the previous mark for a five-set match done three times.

    Individually, Kiana Schmitt’s 13 total blocks were the most by a Bluejay since Kelli Browning in 2012, and tied for fifth-most ever by a Bluejay.

Most Total Blocks, Individual

    17    Ashley Williams (3-14) vs. Wichita State (5s)    10-10-03

    16    Ashley Williams (4-12) vs. Southern Illinois (5s)    9-19-03

    15    Kelli Browning (0-15) vs. Tulsa (4s)    9-8-12

    14    Jessica Houts (0-14) vs. Lipscomb (4s)    9-4-09

    13    Laurel Sanford (1-12) vs. Southern Illinois (5s)    10-21-11

    13    Kiana Schmitt (1-12) vs. DePaul (5s)    10-16-22

Most Total Blocks, Team

    22    vs. DePaul (2-40)    10-16-22

    21    vs. Southern Illinois (8-26) (5s)    9-19-03

    21    vs. Tulsa (2-38) (4s)    9-8-12

    20    vs. Lipscomb (1-38) (4s)    9-4-09

    20    vs. Indiana State (3-34) (3s)    10-24-09

    20    at Kansas (4-32) (5s)    9-19-12

Most Block Assists, Team

    40    vs. DePaul (5s)    10-16-22

    38    vs. Lipscomb (4s)    9-4-09

    38    vs. Tulsa (4s)    9-8-12

    36    vs. Southern Illinois (4s)    10-27-12

    35    at Bradley (4s)    11-19-05

Against The BIG EAST

Since the BIG EAST was restructured in 2013, Creighton owns a record better than .500 against each of the other teams currently in the BIG EAST.

    The Bluejays own 171 wins against BIG EAST competition (including BIG EAST Championship play) since 2013, 28 more wins than Marquette for most in the league.

    CU still has not lost to four league foes (DePaul, Georgetown, Providence, Xavier) since joining the BIG EAST, and Marquette (5), Villanova (3), Seton Hall (3) and St. John’s (3) are the only BIG EAST programs to top the Bluejays multiple times since 2013.

Opponent    Reg. Season    BE Tourney    Total

Butler    18-1    –    18-1

Connecticut    2-1    1-0    3-1

DePaul    20-0    1-0    21-0

Georgetown    18-0    –    18-0

Marquette    16-4    6-1    22-5

Providence    15-0    –    15-0

Seton Hall    15-3    2-0    17-3

St. John’s    16-2    0-1    16-3

Villanova    15-3    3-0    18-3

Xavier    19-0    4-0    23-0

Total    154-14    17-2    171-16

X Marks The Spot

Creighton owns 23 straight matches against Xavier, its best streak against any team.

Most Consecutive Match Wins Over One Team

    Wins    Opponent    Dates

    23    Xavier    2013-Present

    21    DePaul    2013-Present

    19    Southern Illinois    2003-11

    19    Georgetown    2013-Present

    18    Butler    2013-Present

    16    Indiana State    2005-Present

Five For Fighting

Creighton won back-to-back five set home matches against Marquette and DePaul on Oct. 14 and Oct. 16. Incredibly, it was the first time in 10 years of regular-season BIG EAST play that Creighton had played back-to-back five setters in conference matches at any site.

    The last time it happened was CU’s final two league matches as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2012 when it won road matches at Wichita State and Missouri State.

    Ironically, Creighton honored the league champion 2012 Volleyball team that weekend during its victory over Marquette.

    Creighton had not won multiple five-set home matches on the same weekend since October of 2010 when it beat Missouri State and Wichita State on consecutive days.

Depth, Depth and More Depth

Only nine active players throughout the 11-team BIG EAST had at least 800 career kills, 500 career digs and 100 career blocks, and five of those women were Creighton Bluejays.

800 Kills, 500 Digs, 100 Career Blocks, BIG EAST

Name, School    Kills    Digs    Blocks

Rachele Rastelli, SJU    1,865    609    401

Caylee Parker, UConn    1,705    1,221    210

Bethany Clapp, CU    1,214    879    166

Brooklyn Cink, XU    1,156    781    230

Jazz Schmidt, CU    1,022    744    212

Jaela Zimmerman, CU    1,000    796    165

Keeley Davis, CU    962    842    155

Norah Sis, CU    924    627    116

Jasmine Davis, UConn    897    830    151

Streak Reached 17

Before Nov. 19th, Creighton had won 17 straight matches, its 10th double-digit winning streak since 2012. The win streak was tied for the third-longest in program history.

    When Kirsten Bernthal Booth was hired, the Jays had never had a win streak longer than five. Each of the 17 longest win streaks in program history have come under Booth’s guidance.

Most Consecutive Wins, Creighton History

    Wins    Dates    Snapped By

    23    Sept. 23-Dec. 9, 2016    at #5 Texas, 3-0

    21    Sept. 21 – Nov. 30, 2018    #22 Washington, 3-0

    17    Sept. 29-Nov. 30, 2012    at #11 Minnesota, 3-1

    17    Sept. 23 – Nov. 18, 2022    at #16 Marquette, 3-0

    14    Sept. 19-Nov. 3, 2019    at Villanova, 3-0

    14    Oct. 17-Dec. 2, 2021    Kansas, 3-1

    12    Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 2015    at Villanova, 3-2

    11    Oct. 11-Nov. 21, 2014    Seton Hall, 3-0

    11    Oct. 6-Nov. 12, 2017    at Villanova, 3-0

    10    Oct. 31-Dec. 5, 2015    vs. #2 USC, 3-1

Spectacular Sis

Norah Sis owns 10 or more kills in each of CU’s last 15 matches.  That ranks as the fifth-longest in program history, but is barely just one-quarter of the way to Leah Ratzlaff’s Beamonesque record.

Consecutive Matches, 10 or More Kills

    58    Leah Ratzlaff, Sept. 13, 2003-Sept. 9, 2005

    21    Jaali Winters, Oct. 6, 2015 – Aug. 28, 2016

    19    JoDe Cieloha, Sept. 26-Nov. 21, 1997

    18    Jaela Zimmerman, Nov. 16, 2019 – March 27, 2021

    15    Norah Sis, Oct. 7, 2022-Present

    14    Kelly Goc, Sept. 8-Oct. 19, 2007

    13    JoDe Cieloha, Sept. 7-Oct. 18, 1996

    13    Jaali Winters, Nov. 12, 2016-Sept. 1, 2017

    12    Amanda Cvejdlik, Aug. 25-Sept. 19, 2006

Seniors Leading The Way

Creighton recognized seniors Emily Bressman, Bethany Clapp, Keeley Davis, Jazz Schmidt, Allison Whitten and Jaela Zimmerman following its Nov. 13th win vs. Seton Hall.

    Clapp (Incarnate Word), Schmidt (Palm Beach Atlantic) and Whitten (Morehead State) are all graduate transfers in their first year in the Bluejay program.

    Bressman missed this season due to injury but owns 38 kills, 138 digs and four aces in her career as a defensive specialist and outside hitter.

    Davis is a two-time All-Region and All-BIG EAST selection who burst onto the scene in 2019 as the league’s Freshman of the Year. She owned 962 kills, 842 digs and ranks first in CU history with 148 aces.

    Zimmerman is a three-time All-BIG EAST choice, two-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and a four-time event MVP. She closed her career with 1,000 kills, 796 digs and 77 aces.

    All told, the group combined for 5,688 digs, 4,255 kills, 2,057 assists, 698 blocks and 558 service aces at the collegiate level.

NCAA Crowds

Creighton attracted 4,803 fans on the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. That figure ranked 11th-best among the 16 host sites nationally.

NCAA Round 1/2 Attendance

Rk.    Host    Rd. 1    Rd. 2    Total

1.    Nebraska    8062    8235    16297

2.    Wisconsin    7229    7229    14458

3.    Minnesota    4489    4671    9160

4.    Texas    4172    4812    8984

5.    Oregon    3474    3014    6488

6.    Ohio State    3492    2874    6366

7.    Stanford    2866    2797    5663

8.    Florida    2563    2936    5499

9.    Pittsburgh    2667    2814    5481

10.    San Diego    2667    2228    4895

11.    Creighton    2653    2150    4803

12.    Penn State    2403    2389    4792

13.    Kentucky    2293    2387    4680

14.    Marquette    2064    2066    4130

15.    Baylor    1402    1007    2409

16.    Louisville    933    984    1917

Attendance Update

Creighton ended the year ranked 13th nationally in total home attendance (41,805) and 16th in fans per home match (2,459).

    Creighton has led the BIG EAST in average home attendance in every non-COVID year since joining the league.

    Creighton’s 41,805 home fans this fall were second-most in program history. The 2,459 fans per home match were also second-most ever.

Most Home Fans, Season

    Rk.    Fans    Dates    Year

    1.    47,632    17    2018

    2.    41,805    17    2022

    3.    30,211    14    2021

    4.    29,905    18    2015

    5.    25,615    13    2019

Highest Home Attendance Average, Season

    Average Rk.    Fans    Dates    Year

    1.    2,802    47,632    17    2018

    2.    2,459    41,805    17    2022

    3.    2,158    30,211    14    2021

    4.    1,970    25,615    13    2019

    5.    1,873    24,346    13    2017

Come On Down

While the top seven home crowds in program history have occurred at CHI Health Center Omaha, D.J. Sokol Arena has also attracted 33 crowds of 2,000 or more.

Largest Home Crowds, Creighton History

    Att.    Opponent    Date    CU Result    Facility

    15,797    #2 Nebraska    09/07/22    L 2-3    CHI Health Center Omaha

    14,022    #7 Nebraska    09/06/18    L 2-3    CHI Health Center Omaha

    13,081    #18 Cal Poly    09/02/07    L 0-3    CHI Health Center Omaha

    12,112    #1 Nebraska    09/24/06    L 1-3    CHI Health Center Omaha

    11,279    #3 Nebraska    f09/08/21    L 0-3    CHI Health Center Omaha

    10,131    #4 Nebraska    09/15/15    L 0-3    CHI Health Center Omaha

    8,037    #2 Nebraska    10/05/08    L 0-3    CHI Health Center Omaha

    2,653    Auburn    12/02/22    L 2-3    Sokol

    2,578    #13 Kentucky    09/01/17    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,552    South Dakota    11/30/18    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,517    Coastal Carolina    12/01/17    W 3-1    Sokol

    2,514    #7 Nebraska    08/31/10    L 0-3    Sokol

    2,509    #22 Washington    12/01/18    L 0-3    Sokol

    2,504    #9 Marquette    11/22/19    W 3-1    Sokol

    2,415    #12 Michigan St.    12/02/17    L 1-3    Sokol

    2,389    Kansas    12/03/21    L 1-3    Sokol

    2,351    Ole Miss    12/02/21    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,325    Northern Iowa    10/05/12    W 3-1    Sokol

    2,290    Iowa State    09.07/18    W 3-1    Sokol

    2,285    Texas Tech    08/28/09    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,242    #16 Marquette    11/24/18    W 3-1    Sokol

    2,241    #21 Marquette    09/23/18    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,225    Georgetown    11/09/18    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,222    Marquette    11/04/17    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,206    Xavier    10/18/18    W 3-2    Sokol

    2,195    Seton Hall    10/05/18    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,194    Wyoming    09/21/19    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,135    Bradley    10/14/11    W 3-1    Sokol

    2,134    Nebraska-Omaha    09/13/19    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,113    #25 USC    09/02/22    W 3-1    Sokol

    2,109    Marquette    10/13/13    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,084    #18 USC    09/02/17    L 0-3    Sokol

    2,073    Seton Hall    11/03/19    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,067    Villanova    11/21/14    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,064    Villanova    09/27/19    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,054    #16 Marquette    10/14/22    W 3-2    Sokol

    2,041    DePaul    09/21/18    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,037    #14 Marquette    11/26/22    W 3-2    Sokol

    2,013    Villanova    11/23/18    W 3-0    Sokol

    2,006    Butler    10/18/19    W 3-0    Sokol

Crowded House

Creighton averaged 2,459 fans per home match this season, which ranked 16th-most nationally. That attendance average figure ranks second-most in program history, trailing only 2018 (2,802).

    Creighton’s 41,805 total home fans ranked 13th-most nationally. That figure ranked second-best in program history, trailing only 2018 (47,632).

    Average Attendance Leaders

1.    Nebraska    8,190

2.    Wisconsin    7,761

3.    Hawaii    5,963

4.    Minnesota    4,758

5.    Texas    4,364

6.    Ohio State    3,609

7.    BYU    3,218

8.    Michigan State    3,208

9.    Florida    3,138

10.    Iowa State    2,991

11.    Colorado State    2,885

12.    Washington    2,728

13.    Penn State    2,699

14.    Stanford    2,694

15.    Illinois    2,566

16.    Creighton    2,459

Total Home Attendance Leaders

1.    Nebraska    155,618

2.    Wisconsin    139,701

3.    Hawaii    89,450

4.    Minnesota    80,886

5.    Texas    74,196

6.    Florida    59,623

7.    Michigan State    51,320

8.    Ohio State    50,530

9.    Colorado State    49,052

10.    Penn State    48,578

11.    BYU    48,277

12.    Stanford    43,101

13.    Creighton    41,805

14.    Kentucky    40,137

15.    Iowa State    38,882

Decade of Dominance

Ten years in the BIG EAST gives Creighton a pretty good set of data to compare its yearly performance in league matches. Here’s how the 2022 campaign compares to previous seasons:

Creighton’s Year-By-Year BIG EAST Stats

Year    W-L    KPS    HIT{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a}    SAPS    DPS    BPS

2013    12-4    13.75    .213    1.00    16.20    3.13

2014    16-2    14.89    .242    1.30    17.09    2.86

2015    17-1    15.02    .271    1.33    16.97    2.47

2016    18-0    15.37    .317    1.69    16.08    2.41

2017    16-2    14.81    .302    1.31    16.62    2.05

2018    18-0    14.45    .294    2.13    15.67    2.38

2019    17-1    14.61    .269    2.07    15.80    2.25

2020    7-1    12.93    .249    1.30    14.17    2.75

2021    16-2    13.95    .242    1.82    18.02    2.86

2022    17-1    14.80    .299    1.85    16.10    2.33

Sis Is Rolling

Sophomore Norah Sis owned 489 kills this season and now has 924 in her career.

    The 924 kills is second-most ever by a Bluejay in their first two seasons, trailing only Jaali Winters’ 994.

    The 489 kills this season ranks second-most ever by a Bluejay sophomore. That record of 516 is held by Leah Ratzlaff.

Most Kills, After 2 Seasons at Creighton

    Kills    Yr1    Yr2    Name    Year

    994    546    448    Jaali Winters    2015 & 2016

    924    435    489    Norah Sis    2021 & 2022

    769    341    428    Melissa Walsh    1998 & 1999

    733    270    463    Alicia Runge    2009 & 2010 (Jr. & Sr.)

    696    180    516    Leah Ratzlaff    2002 & 2003

    653    267    386    Jessica Houts    2005 & 2006

    640    225    415    Amanda Cvejdlik    2005 & 2006

Most Kills, Creighton Sophomores

    Kills    Name    Year

    516    Leah Ratzlaff    2003

    489    Norah Sis    2022

    448    Jaali Winters    2016

    428    Melissa Walsh    1999

    415    Amanda Cvejdlik    2006

    390    Taryn Kloth    2016

    386    Jessica Houts    2006

    376    Leah McNary    2012

    350    Kelli Browning    2012

No Losers Here

Creighton has been nearly as good as anyone at avoiding losses in recent seasons.

    Creighton, Louisville, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Texas, Towson, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin are the nation’s only teams with five losses or less in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons.

    If you go back two years more, the nation’s only teams to lose six times or less in the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons are Creighton, Pittsburgh and Texas.

President Elect Booth

Creighton coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth has been voted the President-Elect of the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

    Booth will begin her service on January 1, 2023 then become AVCA President in 2024. She will join the 17-member AVCA Board of Directors, which includes elected representatives, appointed voting members for Diversity Development and Legislation, and non-voting members for Education and Awards.

     Booth will serve as President-Elect in 2023, be President in 2024 and 2025, and then finish out her term as Past President in 2026.

    Booth is in her 20th season as the head women’s volleyball coach at Creighton.

Putting The 0 In October And November

Creighton finished the month of October with a perfect 8-0 record, which included five sweeps and three 3-2 victories.

    It’s the fourth time in the past six fall seasons that Creighton has been unbeaten in October.

    All told since October of 2014 Creighton is 65-5 in the 10th month of the year.

    Creighton’s been awfully good in the month of November too. Since the start of 2014, CU is 61-5 in the 11th month of the year.

    Creighton has won 37 straight October home matches (since 10/15/11) and 33 consecutive home matches in November (since 11/23/14).

20/20 Vision

Creighton earned its 10th season of 20 or more wins in the past 11 seasons with a 3-0 win at St. John’s on Oct. 30th. The only exception in that span was the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season (when CU only played 16 matches).

    All 13 of Creighton’s 20-win seasons since its 1994 reinstatement have come under the leadership of Kirsten Bernthal Booth. Before her arrival, CU had never won more than 16 matches in a single season.

Most Matches Won, Creighton Season

        Year    MP    W    L    Pct.    Coach

    1.    2021    35    31    4    .886    Booth

    2.    2012    33    29    4    .879    Booth

        2018    34    29    5    .853    Booth

        2016    36    29    7    .806    Booth

    5.    2022    32    27    5    .844    Booth

        2015    36    27    9    .750    Booth

    7.    2017    33    26    7    .788    Booth

        2019    31    25    6    .806    Booth

        2014    34    25    9    .735    Booth

    10.    2013    32    23    9    .719    Booth

    11.    2006    31    21    10    .677    Booth

        2007    31    21    10    .667    Booth

        2010    31    21    12    .636    Booth

    14.    2004    29    18    11    .621    Booth

        2008    27    18    9    .667    Booth

League Streak Reached 28

Before its Nov. 19 loss at No. 16 Marquette, Creighton had won 28 consecutive regular-season BIG EAST matches. That tied the program’s second-longest win streak ever in league play.

    During CU’s 28-match league win streak, the Bluejays won 84-of-92 sets.

Consecutive Regular-Season League Wins

    Wins    Dates    Snapped By    League

    31    Nov. 18, 2017 – Nov. 3, 2019     at Villanova, 3-0    BIG EAST

    28    Oct. 31, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2017    at Marquette, 3-0    BIG EAST

    28    Oct. 17, 2021- Nov. 18, 2022    at #16 Marquette, 3-0    BIG EAST

    14    Sept. 29, 2012 – End of 2012    Never (left MVC)    MVC

    12    Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 2015    at Villanova, 3-2    BIG EAST

    11    Oct. 11-Nov. 21, 2014    Seton Hall, 3-0    BIG EAST

    11    Oct. 6-Nov. 12, 2017    at Villanova, 3-0    BIG EAST

    9    Nov. 4, 2005-Sept. 30, 2006    Northern Iowa, 3-2    MVC

Dealing Up Aces

Keeley Davis had nine aces in the final regular-season home weekend of her career (Nov. 11-13), helping her break a 21-year old school record for career aces that had been held by Molly Moran.

    Davis reached 100 career aces in her 82nd career contest on Aug. 26 vs. Wichita State, which ranked third-fastest in Bluejay history.

    Davis is the first player in Creighton history with multiple seasons of 50 or more service aces.

    It’s also worth noting that three of Davis’ teammates entered the year having owned more than 100 career aces, though they’ve done so at other schools. Bethany Clapp owned 103 aces in 97 matches at Incarnate Word, Jazz Schmidt had 103 aces in 96 matches at Division II Palm Beach Atlantic and Allison Whitten had 103 aces in 115 contests at Morehead State.

Service Aces, Career

        Name    Sets    No.    Years

    1.    Keeley Davis    383    148    2019-22

    2.    Molly Moran    341    145    1998-01

    3.    Melissa Weisensee    411    125    1994-97

    4.    Brittany Witt    471    122    2016-19

    5.    JoDe Cieloha    398    113    1994-97

    6.    Kate Elman    464    105    2012-15

    7.    Shelly Kapler    388    104    1996-99

    8.    Jaali Winters    494    101    2015-18

    9.    Madelyn Cole    225    93    2018-19

    10.    Carolyn Decker    300    89    2004-08

Creighton’s Quickest Players To 100 Aces (Career)

Name    MP    Date    Opponent

Molly Moran    73    08/31/01    vs. DePaul

Melissa Weisensee    77    11/01/96    Southern Illinois

Keeley Davis    82    08/26/22    vs. Wichita St.

JoDe Cieloha    85    09/06/97    at UNLV

Shelly Kapler    95    10/15/99    Bradley

Brittany Witt    107    10/05/19    Seton Hall

Kate Elman    120    11/15/15    Butler

Jaali Winters    135    11/17/18    Providence

Schmitt A Ki Player

Kiana Schmitt entered the 2022 season with three career matches (of 60 played) with 10 or more kills, but the senior had 12 matches in double-figures this fall.

    Schmitt owns a career-high with 16 kills vs. DePaul on Oct. 16.

    Creighton is 42-6 all-time when Schmitt has six or more kills. CU is also 20-0 all-time when she owns four or more blocks.

Poll Road Ahead

Creighton has been ranked in each of the last 30 AVCA Top 25 polls. With little movement from week-to-week, however, CU is one of 18 teams to be ranked each of those polls, a group that includes Baylor, BYU, Creighton, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Stanford, Texas, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin.

    Creighton has been ranked in all but six of the past 99 weeks the AVCA has put out a Top 25 poll.

107 Weeks As A Ranked Team

Creighton is ranked in the most recent AVCA poll for the 107th time in program history. That’s 43rd-most of all programs in NCAA history.

    All 107 rankings have occurred since 2012 and under the direction of Kirsten Bernthal Booth.

Whitten Finishes At 531

Allison Whitten finished her career having appeared in 536 career sets, though the first 417 of those came at Morehead State from 2018-21.

    By comparison, the only Bluejay in history to play in 500 or more sets was Lauren Smith, who appeared in a program-record 511 sets with the Jays from 2013-16. Last year Abby Bottomley completed her career with 517 sets played, including 403 at High Point.

Whitten Surpasses 2,000 Digs

Creighton libero Allison Whitten surpassed 2,000 career digs on Sept. 18 at Rice, as she had 24 digs on the afternoon.

    The grad transfer had 1,823 digs in four seasons at Morehead State and led CU with 466 digs this season, giving her 2,289 in her career.

    By comparison, the top two women in digs at Creighton (only) are Brittany Witt (2,079 from 2016-19) and Kate Elman (2,054 from 2012-15).

    Last year’s Bluejay libero, Abby Bottomley, finished her career seventh in NCAA history with 2,711 career digs, though the first 2,158 digs came while at High Point from 2017-20.

    Whitten had seven or more digs in all 32 contests this fall.

Bouncing Back

The Creighton staff is quick to credit athletic performance coach Brad Schmidt for helping the team get stronger during the off-season and maintain that strength during the season.

    Need evidence of that? Creighton has played eight five-set matches so far this season. Not only was Creighton 6-3 in five-setters this fall, but the Jays are also 7-1 this year in the contest after a five-setter..

    Since Aug. 25, 2018, Creighton is 17-2 in the match following a five-setter since Aug. 25, 2018.

Taking The Fifth

Creighton is 68-36 in five-set matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. That’s impressive since Creighton had never finished a season with a winning record in fifth sets prior to Booth’s arrival.

    Creighton has won 18 of its last 25 true road matches to go five sets, including wins in 2012 over league rivals Northern Iowa, Wichita State and Missouri State, wins in 2013 at Denver and at Wichita State, wins in 2014 at Butler and at St. John’s, a win at Georgetown in 2015, an NCAA Tournament win at No. 4 Kansas in 2016,  2017 victories at Butler, Georgetown and Marquette, a 2018 win at Butler, wins at UNI and No. 10 Marquette in 2019, at South Dakota in the 2020 campaign and at Omaha and UConn in 2022.

    It’s also worth noting that Creighton is 18-5 all-time in five-set home matches at D.J. Sokol Arena.

    Creighton’s six victories in five-set matches this season breaks the program record of five previously done in 2003, 2011 and 2015. The nine five-set matches in 2022 was also a record.

    Below is a list of Creighton’s record in five-set matches on a yearly basis:

Year    Set 5 W-L    Total W-L

1994    0-2    5-20

1995    0-2    11-19

1996    2-6    9-19

1997    3-5    15-13

1998    2-3    7-18

1999    3-3    13-15

2000    3-3    16-12

2001    1-1    14-13

2002    1-3    3-23

2003    5-1    12-18

2004    4-0    18-11

2005    3-1    16-14

2006    4-2    21-10

2007    2-0    21-10

2008    2-3    18-9

2009    1-4    14-17

2010    3-3    21-12

2011    5-2    17-14

2012    4-1    29-4

2013    3-2    23-9

2014    3-2    25-9

2015    5-2    27-9

2016    4-3    29-7

2017    4-1    26-7

2018    3-2    29-5

2019    2-1    25-6

2020    4-2    12-4

2021    1-1    31-4

2022    6-3    27-5

Total    83-64    534-336

2-0 Better Than 0-2

Creighton is 365-11 (.971) all-time when leading a match 2-0, including a 308-5 mark (.984) under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. CU is 232-3 when up 2-0 dating to September of 2009, and 120-1 all-time at D.J. Sokol Arena when up 2-0 at the break.

    Per RichKern.com, Division I teams that won the first two sets won 95.0 percent of their matches from 2009-18.

    Conversely, the Jays are 17-204 (.077) all-time when trailing a match 0-2, and 15-105 (.125) under Booth.

    One of those comebacks came on Oct. 7, 2022 at UConn, which was CU’s first comeback win on the road in league play after trailing 0-2 since 2015. CU then overcame an 0-2 home deficit on Oct. 14, vs. No. 16 Marquette, the first such comeback against a ranked foe. Combined, the UConn and Marquette comebacks mark the first time in program history the team has posted multiple reverse sweeps in the same month.

    Those 17 comebacks in program history from down 0-2 are listed below.

Date    Opponent    Sets 3-5 scores    Coach

09/19/97    at Bradley    15-11, 15-13, 15-8    Wallace

10/01/99    at Drake    15-6, 17-15, 15-11    Wallace

09/03/04    vs. Montana    30-20, 30-21, 15-11    Booth

10/15/04    at Bradley    30-22, 30-23, 15-11    Booth

10/15/05    at So. Illinois    30-25, 30-24, 15-8    Booth

09/21/07    at No. Iowa    31-29, 30-26, 15-12    Booth

11/16/12    at Wichita St.    25-16, 25-20, 16-14    Booth

09/05/14    vs. No. Iowa    25-16, 25-22, 15-5    Booth

11/08/14    at Butler    25-16, 25-20, 15-13    Booth

09/20/15    Kansas State    25-23, 26-24, 15-13    Booth

10/09/15    DePaul    25-21, 25-12, 15-11    Booth

11/20/15    at Georgetown    30-28, 26-24, 15-7    Booth

10/13/17    Butler    25-21, 25-23, 15-9    Booth

10/18/18    Xavier    25-17, 25-17, 15-13    Booth

01/31/21    at So. Dakota    25-20, 25-23, 15-7    Booth

10/07/22    at UConn    25-15, 25-12, 15-13    Booth

10/14/22    #16 Marquette    25-19, 25-16, 15-8    Booth

Didn’t Have To Wait Long

Creighton sophomore Kendra Wait became the ninth player in program history to reach 2,000 career sets when she did so on Oct. 16 vs. DePaul.

    Wait needed 54 matches to reach the milestone, sixth-fastest in program history. The five women ahead of her combined to win First Team All-Conference honors nine times.

    Wait reached 1,000 assists this season on Nov. 4 in CU’s 24th match of the fall.

Creighton’s Quickest Players To 2,000 Assists (Career)

Name    MP    Date    Opponent

Korie Lebeda    43    09/22/06    Drake

Brittany Coleman    45    10/02/04    Southern Illinois

Kailey Reyes    49    09/01/00    at Iowa State

Lydia Dimke    52    10/13/17    Butler

Madelyn Cole    53    10/25/19    at Providence

Kendra Wait    54    10/16/22    DePaul

Megan Bober    55    11/05/10    at Wichita State

Melissa Weisensee    66    09/15/96    at UMKC

Michelle Sicner    109    11/23/14    Seton Hall

Single-Season Matches to 1,000 Assists

    Name    MP    Opponent    Year

Korie Lebeda    21    at Drake    2006

Brittany Coleman    22    at Southern Illinois    2004

Korie Lebeda    23    Missouri State    2005

Brittany Coleman    23    Northern Iowa    2003

Kailey Reyes    23    at Southern Illinois    1999

Melissa Weisensee    23    at Evansville    1996

Kailey Reyes    24    at Wichita State    2000

Melissa Weisensee    24    at Evansville    1997

Kendra Wait    24    Providence    2022

Kailey Reyes    25    Wichita State    2001

Korie Lebeda    25    Southern Illinois    2007

Korie Lebeda    26    Bradley    2008

Lydia Dimke    26    Xavier    2016

Madelyn Cole    26    at Seton Hall    2018

Megan Bober    27    Evansville    2010

Lydia Dimke    27    Georgetown    2017

Madelyn Cole    27    #9 Marquette    2019

Megan Bober    28    at Northern Iowa    2009

Megan Bober    28    at Wichita State    2012

Michelle Sicner    28    Xavier    2013

Kendra Wait    29    at Villanova    2021

Maggie Baumert    32    vs. Seton Hall    2014

Not Much Middle Ground

Of Creighton’s last 26 matches, there’s been nine five-set matches and 16 sweeps. Only one of those contests has been exactly four sets.

    Creighton was 6-3 this year in five-set matches, 4-1 in four-setters and 16-1 in sweeps.

    Creighton averaged 17.96 digs per set and 14.04 kills per set in contests to go five sets this season. Kiara Reinhardt hit .318 in those matches, while Norah Sis averaged 4.40 kills per set and Kendra Wait averaged 11.05 assists and 3.97 digs per set.

    Creighton is 46-2 in its last 48 matches to last exactly three sets.

Welcome Back Jaela

Jaela Zimmerman made her 2022 debut on Sept. 30 when she checked in to serve set point in Creighton’s 25-15 set one victory over Butler.

    She made her second appearance on Oct. 8 on match point at Providence, and promptly dialed up her first ace of the season.

    The pressure level upped a notch on Oct. 16 when she was inserted into the fifth set with the score tied at 7-all. She earned her first dig of the season immediately and served a 3-0 run as the Jays took the lead for good in the 15-11 win.

    Zimmerman saw her first front row action of the season on Oct. 22 at Georgetown and earned her first kill of 2022 on Oct. 28 at Seton Hall, the 998th of her career.

    A two-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and three-time All-BIG EAST selection, Zimmerman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in Creighton’s NCAA Tournament win vs. Ole Miss on Dec. 2, 2021 and underwent surgery five weeks later.

Jae-Z Plays The Hits

Jaela Zimmerman owns 1,000 kills, good for a tie for 14th in Creighton history. She reached the milestone in her 111th career match on Nov. 13 on her Senior Day vs. Seton Hall.

Career Kills

        Name    Sets    No.    Years

    1.    Jaali Winters    494    1,843    2015-18

    2.    Leah Ratzlaff    409    1,622    2002-05

    3.    Melissa Walsh    394    1,596    1998-01

    4.    Taryn Kloth    462    1,427    2015-18

    5.    Kelly Goc    394    1,414    2004-07

    6.    Jessica Houts    451    1,385    2005-09

    7.    JoDe Cieloha    398    1,375    1994-97

    8.    Leah McNary    458    1,257    2011-14

    9.    Marysa Wilkinson    499    1,183    2014-17

    10.    Lauren Smith    511    1,160    2013-16

    11.    Allie Oelke    445    1,126    2007-10

    12.    Kelli Browning    424    1,104    2011-14

    13.    Amanda Cvejdlik    343    1,029    2005-08

    14.    Shelly Kapler    388    1,000    1996-99

        Jaela Zimmerman    357    1,000    2018-Pr.

Creighton’s Quickest Players To 1,000 Career Kills

Name    MP    Date    Opponent

Melissa Walsh    70    10/15/00    Eastern Illinois

Jaali Winters    73    08/25/17    vs. Saint Mary’s

Leah Ratzlaff    76    10/22/04    Missouri State

JoDe Cieloha    83    09/13/97    at Drake

Kelly Goc    87    11/24/06    vs Northern Iowa

Jessica Houts    90    11/08/08    Illinois State

Leah McNary    96    09/12/14    Pepperdine

Amanda Cvejdlik    99    11/15/08    at Evansville

Shelly Kapler    103    11/18/99    vs. Missouri St.

Taryn Kloth    103    08/31/18    vs. NC State

Allie Oelke    107    10/09/10    Wichita State

Kelli Browning    110    10/26/14    DePaul

Jaela Zimmerman    111    11/13/22    Seton Hall

Lauren Smith    119    10/07/16    at Villanova

Marysa Wilkinson    120    09/30/17    at St. John’s

Home Sweet Home

Creighton is in its 10th season as a member of the BIG EAST since joining the league in the summer of 2013.

    Since then, the Bluejays are 92-4 in home matches against BIG EAST teams (83-3 in the regular-season, 9-1 in the BIG EAST Tournament).

    Since November of 2014, Creighton is 76-1 inside D.J. Sokol Arena against BIG EAST teams, which includes a 68-1 league mark and a 8-0 mark in the conference tournament. The only setback (on Feb. 6, 2021 vs. Marquette) was played as a non-conference match, only to be flipped to a league contest 19 days later.

    Put another way, since enrolling at Creighton in 2018, Bluejay fifth-year senior Jaela Zimmerman went 47-1 in home matches against BIG EAST teams, and 141-24 in sets.

Hall Call

Megan (Bober) Varasteh entered the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 15th, at a banquet at Hilton Omaha.

    Varasteh was part of the 54th class of inductees (along with Renae Sinkler-O’Gorman and Carol Ketcham) and gives the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame 94 inductees, plus the 1991 Creighton Baseball Team. The Athletics Hall of Fame started in 1968 with the induction of Bluejay great Bob Gibson.

    Varasteh starred as a member of the Creighton Volleyball program from 2008-12, becoming the program’s first player in earn AVCA All-America honors multiple times. She became the volleyball program’s first woman named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year as well as MVC Tournament MVP, helping the Bluejays to their first regular-season and conference tournament titles and a then-record 29 victories. She closed her career with a school-record 15 triple-doubles (second in MVC history) and as the only player in league history with at least 4,000 assists, 1,000 digs, 800 kills and 400 blocks.

    She joined Melissa Walsh (2009), Korie Lebeda (2014) and Kelli Browning (2021) as the only Creighton Volleyball players to be inducted.

    In addition to being named Creighton’s Female Athlete of the Year, she was also recognized as the Carl M. Reinert, S.J., Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, repeated her spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team selection as a senior.

     The last win of Bober’s career was a 3-0 sweep over Marquette in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Down For The Count

Creighton outscored teams 1,443-1,031 in league play this season and allowed a BIG EAST opponent score more than 18 points in just 20 of the 60 sets played.

 

20 Kills At A Time For Sis

Norah Sis had a career-high 30 kills in the NCAA Tournament match vs. Auburn.

    Sis is one of five players in program history with three or more matches of 25 or more kills. Her 13 career matches of 20 or more kills ranks tied for fourth-most.

Most Matches With 25+ Kills, Creighton Career

    25+K    Name    Years

    8    Melissa Walsh    1998-01

    6    Leah Ratzlaff    2002-05

    6    Jaali Winters    2015-18

    3    Taryn Kloth    2015-18

    3    Norah Sis    2021-Present

    2    Jessica Houts    2005-09

    1    Michelle Prorock    1994-96

    1    JoDe Cieloha    1994-97

    1    Shelly Kapler    1996-99

    1    Melanie Keolanui    1997-00

    1    Kelly Goc    2004-07

    1    Alicia Runge    2009-10

    1    Keeley Davis    2019-22

Matches With 20+ Kills, Career

    20+K    Name    Years

    23    Melissa Walsh    1998-01

    20    Leah Ratzlaff    2002-05

    18    Jaali Winters    2015-18

    13    Kelly Goc    2004-07

    13    Norah Sis    2021-Present

    10    JoDe Cieloha    1994-97

    7    Taryn Kloth    2015-18

    5    Jessica Houts    2005-09

    5    Leah McNary    2011-14

Matches With 20+ Kills, Season

    20+K    Name    Year

    11    Leah Ratzlaff    2003

    9    Leah Ratzlaff    2004

    9    Jaali Winters    2015

    9    Norah Sis    2022

    8    Melissa Walsh    2000

    7    Melissa Walsh    1999

    6    Kelly Goc    2006

    6    Jaali Winters    2016

    5    Kelly Goc    2007

    5    Taryn Kloth    2018

Wait, How Is That Possible?

Only 17 players in the nation averaged 11.00 assists per set. Of those 17, only Creighton’s Kendra Wait averaged more than 3.00 digs per set.

    Wait averaged 11.16 assists and 3.23 digs per set this fall.

Let’s Get It Started

Creighton won its first 17 league matches  in 2022 and has now started 11-0 (or better) in league play in five of the past eight  seasons.

     During five of the last eight seasons, Creighton started BIG EAST play 11-0 or better.

Year    League Wins Before First Loss    Lost To

2013    0    at Butler

2014    5    at Seton Hall

2015    11    at Villanova

2016    18    —

2017    4    at Marquette

2018    18    —

2019    12    at Villanova

2020    1    #25 Marquette

2021    2    at St. John’s

2022    17    at #16 Marquette

Set Streaks

How often had Creighton previously won each of its first 12 sets of a BIG EAST season before this year? How about never?

    Only once previously had Creighton even won its first six sets in league play, and that came during the 2018 season where CU went 18-0 and dropped just 6-of-60 sets in league play all season.     The most league sets won in a row to start a season had come in 2011, when Creighton won its first eight sets played. That team finished 12-6 in Missouri Valley Conference action.

Year    Set Wins Before First Set Loss    Set Lost To

2013    1    at Butler

2014    5    Butler

2015    1    Seton Hall

2016    4    DePaul

2017    2    Georgetown

2018    7    at Butler

2019    5    Georgetown

2020    1    #25 Marquette

2021    2    at Butler

2022    12    at Connecticut

BIG EAST Preseason Poll

Creighton Volleyball was picked to win the BIG EAST in a preseason poll of league coaches.

    Creighton earned 9-of-11 first place votes and 99 of a possible 100 points. That was just ahead of Marquette’s 90 points and the other two votes for first place.

    DePaul (72) was picked third, just ahead of UConn (71) and St. John’s (66). Rounding out the bottom half of the poll were Villanova (54), Butler (47), Xavier (42), Georgetown (25), Providence (25) and Seton Hall (14).

    Creighton also had three women among the 12 members on the BIG EAST’s preseason all-conference team in Jaela Zimmerman and Kendra Wait as well as unanimous selection Norah Sis. Sis was also tabbed the BIG EAST’s Preseason Player of the Year.

    Creighton has finished in the spot predicted of it or better in the preseason poll in 18 of 20 years under Kirsten Bernthal Booth (including 2022) including 11 years where it’s finished exactly where it was picked.

Year    Preseason Pick    Finish    Move

1994    11th    9th    #2

1995    9th    7th    #2

1996    9th    6th    #3

1997    8th    3rd    #5

1998    6th    8th    i2

1999    T-7th    5th    #2

2000    4th    T-4th    – –

2001    2nd    4th    i2

2002    7th    9th    i2

2003    9th    T-5th    #4

2004    5th    5th    – –

2005    5th    5th    – –

2006    4th    4th    – –

2007    3rd    T-2nd    #1

2008    3rd    2nd    #1

2009    4th    T-4th    – –

2010    4th    3rd    #1

2011    3rd    4th    i1

2012    4th    1st    #3

2013    1st    T-2nd    i1

2014    1st    1st    – –

2015    1st    1st    – –

2016    1st    1st    – –

2017    1st    1st    – –

2018    2nd    1st    #1

2019    2nd    1st    #1

2020    1st (MW)    1st (MW)    – –

2021    1st    T-1st    – –

2022    1st    T-1st    – –

Wait Making History

Just nine days after she had 59 assists and 36 digs against Florida State, Kendra Wait had 56 assists and 24 digs on Sept. 18 at Rice. On Nov. 26th, she had a career-high 60 assists as well as 20 digs in a 3-2 win vs. No. 14 Marquette.

    Wait is the first Bluejay with a match of at least 50 assists and 20 digs in a match since Korie Lebeda in 2006, and first Bluejay ever to post three matches of at least 50 assists and 20 digs in the same season.

50 Assists, 20 Digs In A Match

A    D    Name    Opp.    Date

51    21    Melissa Weisensee    at Wichita State (5s)    9/14/96

53    24    Melissa Weisensee    at Indiana State (5s)    10/18/96

65    22    Melissa Weisensee    at Evansville (5s)    11/8/97

55    28    Kailey Reyes    Evansville (5s)    9/11/99

65    24    Kailey Reyes    Illinois State (4s)    9/24/99

64    23    Kailey Reyes    at Evansville (5s)    11/4/00

54    22    Brittany Coleman    at Illinois State (4s)    10/18/03

62    21    Brittany Coleman    at So. Illinois (4s)    10/29/04

71    20    Korie Lebeda    at Evansville (5s)    11/18/06

59    36    Kendra Wait    vs. Florida State (5s)    9/9/22

56    24    Kendra Wait    at Rice (5s)    9/18/22

60    20    Kendra Wait    #14 Marquette (5s)    11/27/22

All That Jazz

Jazz Schmidt had just 25 kills in Creighton’s first 10 matches of the season before she erupted for a season-high 17 kills on Sept. 18 at Rice.

    Schmidt’s 17 kills were the most by a left-handed Bluejay since Megan Bober owned 19 kills at Southern Illinois on Oct. 21, 2011.

Sis Swings Away

Norah Sis obliterated Creighton’s school-record of 77 attack attempts in a match (held by Jaali Winters) when she had 93 swings in CU’s 3-2 win vs. Florida State on Sept. 9.

    Sis’ 93 attacks were the third-most in the nation by a player in a match this season.

    Sis finished her season with 77 attack attempts vs. Auburn, tying the D.J. Sokol Arena record.

More From Sept. 9

Creighton’s 129 digs vs. Florida State were two shy of its school record and second-most in the nation this year for a single match. CU’s only match with more was 131 vs. Illinois State on Oct. 13, 2000.

    Creighton’s 254 attack attempts rank as its second-most in program history. The only match with more came Oct. 14, 2000 vs. Indiana State (296).

    Norah Sis’ 28 kills vs. Florida State were tied for fourth-most in program history, and four away from Michelle Prorock’s school record set in 1996.

My Favorite Martin

Ava Martin opened her BIG EAST career with 10 kills (Sept. 23 vs. Georgetown), 11 kills (Sept. 25 vs. Villanova), 14 kills (Sept. 28 vs. Xavier) and 14 kills (Sept. 30 vs. Butler), helping her earn back-to-back BIG EAST Freshman of the Week accolades.

    She was the first Bluejay freshman to open her BIG EAST career with four straight matches of 10 or more kills, and just the third in program history to do so in any conference.

    Martin had her first career double-double vs. No. 16 Marquette when she had 18 kills and 12 digs on Oct. 14.

    Allie Oelke did it in four straight matches in 2007 and JoDe Cieloha set the record that still stands with five straight matches in 1994. Both of those came in the Missouri Valley Conference.

CU Freshmen With 10+ Kills to Start League Play

    Streak    Name    Year

    5    JoDe Cieloha    1994

    4    Allie Oelke    2007

    4    Ava Martin    2022

    3    Rachelle Von    1997

    3    Melissa Walsh    1998

    3    Jaali Winters    2015

    2    Michelle Prorock    1994

    2    Carolyn Decker    2004

    2    Jessica Houts    2005

    2    Melanie Jereb    2012

15,797 Fans!

No. 17 Creighton hosted 15,797 fans on Sept. 7 against No. 2 Nebraska, setting a record for the largest regular-season volleyball-only crowd in NCAA history. The mark stood for all of nine days before Wisconsin hosted 16,833 fans for a match vs. Florida.

    Here’s a look at the top volleyball-only regular-season crowds in NCAA history. Of note, 13 of the top 14 figures of 11,000 or more have been in the state of Nebraska.

Largest Regular-Season Volleyball-Only Crowds in NCAA History

    Att.    Opponent, Result    Date    Site

    16,833    Florida def. Wisconsin    9/16/22    Madison, WI

    15,797    Nebraska def. Creighton, 3-2    9/7/22    Omaha, NE

    14,022    Nebraska def. Creighton, 3-2    9/6/18    Omaha, NE

    13,870    UCLA def. Nebraska, 3-2    9/13/09    Lincoln, NE

    13,412    Nebraska def. LSU, 3-0    9/12/08    Lincoln, NE

    13,396    Nebraska def. Hawai’i, 3-0    10/21/07    Lincoln, NE

    13,081    Cal Poly def. Creighton, 3-0    9/2/07    Omaha, NE

        Nebraska def. Penn State, 3-0    

    12,504    Nebraska def. Colorado, 3-0    11/4/00    Lincoln, NE

    12,112    Nebraska def. Creighton, 3-1    9/24/06    Omaha, NE

    11,892    Dayton def. W. Michigan, 3-0    9/11/10    Lincoln, NE

        Nebraska def. Illinois, 3-2    

    11,529    Nebraska def. Colorado, 3-0    10/22/95    Lincoln, NE

    11,279    Nebraska def. Creighton, 3-0    09/08/21    Omaha, NE

    11,076    Nebraska def. UCLA, 3-1    8/25/07    Omaha, NE

        Tennessee def. Utah, 3-2    

    11,032    UCLA def. Nebraska, 3-1    9/14/91    Lincoln, NE

    10,927    Minnesota def. Illinois, 3-1    10/16/04    Minneapolis, MN

    10,645    Purdue def. W. Michigan, 3-1    10/29/85    W. Lafayette, IN

    10,576    Penn St. def. Hawai’i, 3-0    8/27/05    Omaha, NE

        Nebraska def. Stanford, 3-0

    10,570    Purdue def. Wisconsin, 3-2    10/17/08    W. Lafayette, IN

Sis Races Past 500, 600, 700, 800 & 900 Kills

Sophomore Norah Sis is one of the fastest players in CU history to 500, 600, 700, 800 and 900 career kills.

    She’s got 924 kills in 65 matches, becoming the second-fastest ever to 900 during the NCAA Tournament..

Creighton’s Quickest Players To 500 Kills (Career)

Name    MP    Date    Opponent

Jaali Winters    34    12/04/15    vs. Coastal Carolina

Melissa Walsh    37    09/25/99    Indiana State

Norah Sis    40    09/03/22    #16 Kentucky

JoDe Cieloha    43    10/15/95    at Indiana State

Keeley Davis    43    03/28/21    Xavier

Amanda Cvejdlik    44    10/13/06    at Wichita State

Creighton’s Quickest Players To 600 Kills (Career)

Name    MP    Date    Opponent

Jaali Winters    41    09/03/16    at USC

Melissa Walsh    42    10/09/99    at Wichita State

Norah Sis    45    09/17/22    vs. Kansas State

Leah Ratzlaff    52    11/14/03    Illinois State

JoDe Cieloha    53    08/30/96    Murray State

Amanda Cvejdlik    53    11/17/06    at Southern Illinois

Creighton’s Quickest Players To 700 Kills (Career)

Name    MP    Date    Opponent

Melissa Walsh    49    11/06/99    Missouri State

Jaali Winters    50    09/25/16    DePaul

Norah Sis    53    10/14/22    #16 Marquette

Leah Ratzlaff    57    09/03/04    vs. Montana

JoDe Cieloha    61    09/14/96    at Wichita State

Alicia Runge    62    11/27/10    at Northern Iowa

Creighton’s Quickest Players To 800 Kills (Career)

Name    MP    Date    Opponent

Melissa Walsh    56    09/02/00    vs. UNCG

Jaali Winters    59    10/28/16    at Seton Hall

Norah Sis    59    11/04/22    Providence

Leah Ratzlaff    64    09/14/04    at Iowa

JoDe Cieloha    68    10/11/96    Bradley

Creighton’s Quickest Players To 900 Kills (Career)

Name    MP     Date    Opponent

Melissa Walsh    63    09/29/00    at Bradley

Norah Sis    65    12/02/22    Auburn

Jaali Winters    68    11/26/16    vs. Xavier

Leah Ratzlaff    70    10/01/04    Evansville

JoDe Cieloha    76    11/09/96    at Bradley

Preseason Ranking

Creighton was ranked 18th in the AVCA preseason poll. It’s the eighth time in the past 10 years that the Jays have been ranked in the preseason.

    The No. 18 slotting was tied for the fourth-best preseason ranking in program history.

    Over the last 15 seasons (including 2022), 275-of-375 teams (73.3 percent) of teams have been in both the preseason and final polls, and since 2008 340-of-375 teams (90.7 percent) in the preseason top-25 polls would go on to reach the NCAA Tournament (including 2022), as all but No. 12 UCLA, No. 17 Illinois and No. 22 Utah reached the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

    This year marked the 11th straight season that CU has been ranked at least one week, extending a program record.

    Year    Preseason Rank    Final W-L    Final Rank

    2013    25th    23-9    NR

    2014    23rd    25-9    NR

    2016    18th    27-9    9th

    2017    9th    26-7    16th

    2018    13th    29-5    13th

    2019    18th    25-6    16th

    2020    16th    12-4    NR

    2022    18th    27-5    21st

Some Fab Freshmen

Including Sky McCune on Aug. 26 vs. Iowa State, Creighton has started 15 different true freshmen in its season opener since 2009, and 19 such players since 2000.

    Since 2000, the only true freshmen to start CU’s season-opener have been Brittany Coleman (2003), Carolyn Decker (2004), Korie Lebeda (2005), Allie Oelke (2007), Brooke Boggs (2009), Heather Thorson (2009), Julianne Mandolfo (2010), Katie Neisler (2011), Michelle Sicner (2011), Melanie Jereb  (2012), Ashley Jansen (2012), Jess Bird (2013), Jaali Winters (2015), Naomi Hickman (2017), Emily Bressman (2019), Kiara Reinhardt (2020), Kendra Wait (2021), Norah  Sis (2021) and Sky McCune (2022), with Coleman, Lebeda and Wait the only freshmen to start at setter in the season-opener.

    In addition, CU also started redshirt freshmen Lauren Smith (2013) and Brittany Lawrence (2015), as well as transfers Maggie Baumert (2014), Lydia Dimke (2016), Madelyn Cole (2018), Erica Kostelac (2019) and Mahina Pua’a (2020) in season-openers.

    Eleven of those women (Martin, Sis, Wait, Reinhardt, Coleman, Decker, Lebeda, Oelke, Mandolfo, Sicner and Jereb) went on to land a spot on the MVC or BIG EAST’s All-Freshman Team (though the BIG EAST had no such team from 2013-19). Winters was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2015, Dimke was named BIG EAST Player of the Year in 2016, Davis was BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2019, Sis recognized as BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2021 and Martin named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2022.

    Last year marked the first time that Creighton started multiple true freshmen in a season-opener since 2012, when Ashley Jansen and Melanie Jereb both earning a starting nod. The 2012 and 2021 teams are the two winningest single-season teams in program history.

Believe The Hype

Creighton’s recruiting class of freshmen Morgan Colangelo, Ava Martin, Sky McCune and Ann Marie Remmes was recognized as the nation’s No. 24 class by PrepVolleyball.

    Martin was listed as the nation’s No. 47 recruit, while McCune was tabbed 52nd-best. Creighton now owns eight players on its 2022 roster who were Top 100 recruits.

Top-100 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces

(list started in 2004)

Rank    Year    Player

68    2004    Carolyn Decker

55    2008    Laurel Sanford

60    2011    Michelle Sicner

73    2013    Jess Bird

50    2014    Lydia Dimke*

18    2015    Taryn Kloth

41    2015    Jaali Winters

77    2016    Erica Kostelac#

98    2017    Naomi Hickman

99    2017    Steph Gaston

49    2018    Jaela Zimmerman

42    2018    Keeley Davis

46    2020    Kiara Reinhardt

97    2020    Ellie Bolton

7    2021    Kendra Wait

28    2021    Norah Sis

31    2021    Eve Magill

47    2022    Ava Martin

52    2022    Sky McCune

* signed with Purdue and later transferred to Creighton

# signed with Cincinnati and later transferred to Creighton

PrepVolleyball.com Recruiting Rankings

(list started in 2004)

Year    Rank    Freshman Recruits

2004    Best of the Rest    (Baumann, Decker, Goc, Lahm, Mehal)

2005    Honorable-Mention    (Cvejdlik, Houts, Lebeda)

2006    None    (Bloemke, Schulze, Workman)

2007    None    (Feldman, Oelke, Vrbicky)

2008    Highest Honorable-Mention    (Almgren, Bober, Sanford)

2009    Highest HM    Boggs, Greisch, Moon, Templeton, Thorson)

2010    High HM    (Fliss, Hackbarth, Malm, Mandolfo, S. Smith)

2011    Highest HM    (Browning, McNary, Neisler, Sicner, Stivers)

2012    High Honorable-Mention    (Elman, Jansen, Jereb, L. Smith)

2013    None    (Bird, Crawford, Foje)

2014    Highest Honorable-Mention    (Lawrence, Tupper, Wilkinson)

2015    11th    (Ballenger, Bohnet, Kloth, O’Connell, Winters)

2016    High Honorable-Mention    (Conlon, Taylor, Witt)

2017    25th    (Gaston, Hickman, Roumeliotis)

2018    10th    (Davis, Welty, Zimmerman, Zumach)

2019    Highest HM    (Bressman, Krause, Schmitt, Van Eekeren)

2020    27th    (Bolton, Maser, Reinhardt, Skovsende)

2021    5th    (Magill, Milner, Sis, Wait)

2022    24th    (Colangelo, Martin, McCune, Remmes)

Set 1 Result A Strong Indicator

Creighton is 372-34 (.916) overall under Kirsten Bernthal Booth when it wins set one. In that same time span, CU is just 69-150 (.315) under Booth when it drops the first set.

    Per RichKern.com, Division I teams that lost the first set in 2018 won just 20.7 percent of their matches that season, and 20.2 percent of their matches from 2009-18.

    Since Aug. 29, 2010, Creighton has gone 136-5 in its last 141 home matches when taking a 1-0 lead, losing only on Sept. 12, 2015 to Pacific, on Sept. 6, 2018 to No. 7 Nebraska and on Jan. 29, 2021 to South Dakota, on Sept. 3, 2022 to No. 16 Kentucky and on Dec. 2, 2022 to Auburn.

    Creighton has gone 104-4 in its last 108 matches at all sites when winning the first set, compared to an 12-16 record in that same span when dropping the opener.

    Creighton has gone 145-3 in its last 148 matches against unranked foes when winning the opening set.

Eleventh Heaven

Kirsten Bernthal Booth is in some select company, as she has directed her team to 12 NCAA Tournaments. That’s more than any other coach in Creighton history.

Name    Sport    NCAA’s @CU

Kirsten Bernthal Booth    Volleyball    12

Bob Warming    Men’s Soccer    11

Dana Altman    Men’s Basketball    7

Greg McDermott    Men’s Basketball    7

Brent Vigness    Softball    7

Elmar Bolowich    Men’s Soccer    6

Against NCAA Tournament Qualifiers

Last season Creighton played four matches against 2020 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, going 3-1 against such teams.

    This year’s team played nine matches (Iowa State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Florida State, Kansas State, Rice and Marquette 3x) scheduled against teams that made the 2021 NCAA Tournament, and CU went 5-4 against those foes.

    After going 3-35 against teams coming off NCAA Tournament bids prior to Kirsten Bernthal Booth‘s arrival, the Jays are 94-105 since.

Year    W-L vs. Previous Season NCAA Teams

1994    0-4

1995    0-2

1996    0-2

1997    0-3

1998    0-5

1999    2-4

2000    0-4

2001    1-6

2002    0-5

2003    0-3

2004    2-2

2005    0-6

2006    4-6

2007    4-9

2008    6-8

2009    1-11

2010    4-7

2011    2-6

2012    8-3

2013    6-6

2014    4-5

2015    11-5

2016    10-7

2017    8-6

2018    8-5

2019    5-4

2020    3-1

2021    3-1

2022    5-4

TOTAL    97-140

TOTAL Under Booth    94-105

Marian Pipeline

This is the 20th straight season that Creighton Volleyball had at least one product of Omaha Marian High School on the roster, as senior Emily Bressman keeps the streak alive.

    Interestingly, the Bluejays had never had a volleyball player from Marian between 1994-2002. Here’s a look at Creighton’s pipeline of players from Marian.

2022: Emily Bressman

2021: Emily Bressman

2020: Emily Bressman

2019: Emily Bressman, Brittany Witt

2018: Kelsey O’Connell, Brittany Witt

2017: Kelsey O’Connell, Brittany Witt

2016: Kelsey O’Connell, Brittany Witt

2015: Kate Elman, Ashley Jansen, Kelsey O’Connell

2014: Kate Elman, Ashley Jansen

2013: Kate Elman, Ashley Jansen

2012: Kate Elman, Ashley Jansen

2011: Julianne Mandolfo

2010: Lisa Greisch, Julianne Mandolfo

2009: Lisa Greisch

2008: Emily Crowley, Korie Lebeda

2007: Korie Lebeda, Katie Mehal

2006: Korie Lebeda, Katie Mehal, Emily Greisch

2005: Korie Lebeda, Katie Mehal

2004: Katie Mehal, Emily Greisch

2003: Emily Greisch

Survival of the Fittest

Creighton has won nine matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth after surviving an opponent’s match point, including season-opening wins over No. 5 Kentucky in 2018 and vs. UTSA in 2011. Three of those other comeback wins have come against Wichita State.

    On the other hand, Creighton is 441-3 under Booth when it reaches a match point opportunity, falling only when it wasted two match points on Sept. 4, 2010 to Iowa, two match points on Nov. 1, 2013 in a loss to St. John’s, and two match points on Dec. 7, 2019 in an NCAA Tournament loss at No. 7 Minnesota.

Surviving Match Points, Under Booth

Date    Opponent    MP(s) Faced    Final Set 5

08/30/03    vs. McNeese State    13-14, 15-16    18-16

10/10/03    Wichita State    13-14    16-14

10/13/06    at Wichita State    12-14, 13-14, 14-15    17-15

09/11/07    at Drake    13-14, 14-15    17-15

08/26/11    vs. UTSA    12-14, 13-14    16-14

11/16/12    at Wichita State    13-14    16-14

09/20/15    Kansas State    23-24 (4th set)    15-13

11/20/15    at Georgetown    23-24, 26-27 (4th set)    15-7

08/24/18    vs. #5 Kentucky    16-15, 19-18    22-20

Climbing The List

Kirsten Bernthal Booth became Creighton Volleyball’s winningest coach in the program’s modern history on August 26, 2007, and hasn’t let up. Booth owns 441 victories on the Bluejay sideline to rank fifth in school history across all sports.

Coach, Sport    Victories (thru 12/31/22)

Brent Vigness, Softball    819

Ed Servais, Baseball    618*

Mary Higgins, Softball    564

Tom Lilly, Men’s & Women’s Tennis    498*

Kirsten Bernthal Booth, Volleyball    441*

Jim Flanery, Women’s Basketball    388*

Ed Hubbs, Men’s & Women’s Tennis    347

Dana Altman, Men’s Basketball    327

*still active coaching at Creighton

League Opener Histories

Including its Sept. 23 sweep of Georgetown, Creighton owns a 21-8 record all-time in conference openers, including an 18-2 record under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. That includes a 9-1 mark in BIG EAST lid-lifters, and nine straight wins.

    Including 2022, each of the last 10 times that Creighton won its league opener (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022), the Bluejays went on to win the regular-season title, going a combined 161-11 in regular-season league action. Creighton also won nine of the 10 conference tournament titles  (including 2022) during those years, going 18-1 in those seasons.

    In the 20 seasons that Creighton has won its conference opener, it has never finished worse than .500 in league play and it owns a combined .775 (290-84) winning percentage (including 2022) in league matches.

    In the eight years in which Creighton lost its league opener, the Bluejays have had a losing record on five occasions and owns a combined .363 (53-93) winning percentage during league contests.

    In conference home openers, Creighton is 24-5 overall and 18-2 under Booth, with 12 straight wins.

    In league road openers, Creighton is 20-9 overall and 17-3 under Booth, with nine straight wins.

Year-By-Year In Non-Conference Play

Despite annually facing one of the nation’s toughest non-conference schedules, Creighton has continued to excel against elite competition.

    Creighton is 8-12 against ranked non-conference foes over the last five seasons after going 2-43 all-time vs. ranked teams in regular-season non-conference matches.

    Creighton owned 12 non-conference wins last season to set a program record for a regular-season. It’s actually also the first season with 10 wins prior to league play.

Non-Conference Records, By Year, Under Booth

Year    Non-Con W-L    vs. Ranked Non-Con    Final W-L

2003    3-8    0-0    12-18

2004    8-2    0-1    18-11

2005    6-5    0-3    16-14

2006    8-3    0-1    21-10

2007    6-5    0-3    21-10

2008    3-5    0-3    18-9

2009    3-8    0-3    14-17

2010    5-5    0-1    21-12

2011    5-7    0-1    17-14

2012    9-2    0-1    29-4

2013    9-3    1-2    23-9

2014    7-6    0-5    25-9

2015    6-7    1-4    27-9

2016    6-6    0-4    29-7

2017    7-4    3-3    26-7

2018    8-4    1-3    29-5

2019    7-3    2-3    25-6

2020    3-2    0-0    12-4

2021    12-1    1-1    31-4

2022    8-3    1-2    27-5

Production Returns

Creighton returns 11-of-16 letterwinners to the court from last season, including four starters

    From last year’s team, only Abby Bottomley, Naomi Hickman, Eve Magill, Ally Van Eekeren, Annika Welty are not back.

    All told, of the seven categories listed below, Creighton returns 511.8 of a possible 700{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a} back (73.1 percent).

    Below is a breakdown of the production that is back:

Stat    Returners    Departures

Assists    1,331 (87.4{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})    192 (12.6{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})

Kills    1,307 (80.2{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})    323 (19.8{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})

Points    1,627.0 (75.6{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})    526.0 (24.4{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})

Matches Started    154 (73.3{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})    56 (26.7{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})

Digs    1,460 (70.6{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})    607 (29.4{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})

Aces    128 (66.7{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})    64 (33.3{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})

Blocks    192 (58.0{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})    139.0 (42.0{b037f4174007d005f1ab9cb8d1aafc050eb5d7e8c07298e478acc145e540df6a})