Creighton pulled away in a tense first set, using a 5-0 run to build a 17-13 edge, and finishing off the Chants with an ace by Samantha Bohnet on set point for the 25-20 win. Creighton hit .292 in the opener, led by four kills from freshman Naomi Hickman.
The host Bluejays saved four set points in the second frame for a dramatic 27-25 win. The Jays trailed 24-21 before getting three in a row to draw back to even. The teams exchanged sideouts before CU won it on a kill by Jaali Winters and a CCU hitting error. Wilkinson led CU with six kills in the second set and Winters added five putaways after being held without a kill in the opening kill. Creighton hit .263 in teh set and had a 15-12 lead in kills.
Coastal Carolina won the third set, 25-20, as Hardeman had seven kills in 11 swings and the Chanticleers hit .294.
Creighton broke free from a 20-20 deadlock late in the fourth set with a 3-0 run that started on a kill from Wilkinson. A kill from Winters pushed CU to match point up 24-22, and CU won the match on an attack error by the Chanticleers.
Wilkinson had 13 kills and a match-high six blocks to lead a balanced Bluejay attack. Winters posted her sixth straight double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs, and sophomore Brittany Witt had 15 digs on the night while surpassing 1,000 in her career. Creighton had 52 kills, five aces, 58 digs and 10 blocks on .209 hitting.
Hardeman had 25 of CCU’s 48 kills on the evening, setting Coastal’s career kills record in the process with 1,811. Lincoln native Sara Boothe had 20 assists in her return to Nebraska, and Dora Lulic led CCu with six blocks. The Chanticleers recorded 48 kills, eight aces, 48 digs and 10 blocks on .184 hitting.
Creighton and Michigan State will meet at 6 p.m. Central on Saturday night, with a berth in the Sweet 16 on the line.