OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton Volleyball’s Naomi Hickman and Keeley Davis have been honored by the BIG EAST Conference as Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively.
The Bluejay duo helped Creighton to the UNI Tournament title last weekend in Cedar Falls in victories over No. 12 Kentucky, defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Northern Iowa and No. 15 USC.
Hickman shared team-high honors with 38 kills in 13 sets (2.92 kps.) last weekend and hit .465 while earning MVP honors of the UNI Tournament. She entered the week with a career-high of nine kills, only to reach double-figures in all three matches in Cedar Falls. She posted 17 kills on .640 hitting in the Bluejay victory over Kentucky, adding three blocks and two digs. The Lawrence, Kan., native then added 10 kills and four blocks in CU’s 3-2 triumph over Northern Iowa on Friday night. She capped her weekend with 11 kills in 15 errorless swings, hitting a career-best .733, in the Bluejays’ first win over USC in program history. Hickman added nine blocks (0.69 bps.), four digs (0.31 dps.) and an ace (0.08) on the weekend.
It’s the first time Hickman has earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors, though she was recognized on Sept. 4, 2018 as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
Davis averaged 2.96 points, 2.62 kills, 0.85 digs, 0.38 blocks and 0.15 aces per set on .168 hitting over the weekend, owning double-figure kills in each contest. Her week started with 12 kills in a win over No. 12 Kentucky, as she added two blocks and a dig in the win over the Wildcats. The redshirt freshman then had 10 kills, three blocks and a season-high seven digs to help the Jays topple longtime nemesis Northern Iowa in five sets before closing the weekend with 12 kills, three blocks and an ace on .296 hitting in a victory over No. 15 USC. Davis’ kill on match point against the Trojans clinched the tournament title. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., product now owns 10 or more kills in four of her first five career matches, including 3-of-4 contests against top-25 competition.
It’s the first on-court recognition from the BIG EAST for Davis.
Now ranked 17th nationally, Creighton hosts the Bluejay Invitational Presented by Embassy Suites – Old Market/Downtown this weekend. CU meets Nebraska-Omaha at D.J. Sokol Arena on Friday at 6 p.m., before matches on Saturday against both Drake (12 p.m.) and No. 12 Washington (7:30 p.m.).