OMAHA, Neb. — No. 25 Marquette earned a weekend split with No. 19 Creighton Volleyball as the Golden Eagles swept the Bluejays (25-21, 25-14, 25-23) at D.J. Sokol Arena on Saturday night in Omaha. The matches were counted as non-conference tilts.
Both teams are now 4-2.
Setters Ally Van Eekeren (17 assists, 10 digs) and Mahina Pua’a (12 assists, 10 digs) each turned in a second straight double-double for the Bluejays, while Keeley Davis (13 kills) and Jaela Zimmerman (11 kills) paced the Creighton attack. Ellie Bolton led CU with a dozen digs. Creighton had 36 kills, one ace, 46 digs and eight blocks on .173 hitting.
Marquette was topped by Kaitlyn Lines’ nine kills and .421 hitting. The Golden Eagles had 40 kills, 10 aces, 42 digs and three blocks and hit .259 collectively.
The third set was the tightest of the night. Creighton led 22-21 after a kill from Davis, but followed that up with a service error that knotted the score at 22-all. MU served up consecutive aces to reach match point and after one Bluejay sideout the Golden Eagles finished off the victory with a kill from Lines.
Marquette’s win snapped an eight-match losing streak to Creighton, including Friday night’s 3-2 Bluejay victory. It was MU’s first win in Omaha against Creighton since the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament.
Creighton is scheduled to return to the court on Feb. 19 when it opens BIG EAST Conference play against Marquette. CU has won the BIG EAST regular-season title each of the past six seasons, and are favored once again to repeat.