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Volleyball Starts Home Season With Bluejay Invitational
Release: 08/29/2012
This Week -- Bluejay Invitational

Aug. 31    3:30 pm    #21 Kansas State vs. Denver    Omaha, Neb. (D.J. Sokol Arena)
Aug. 31    6 pm    Syracuse at Creighton    Omaha, Neb. (D.J. Sokol Arena)

Sept. 1    10 am    Denver vs. Syracuse    Omaha, Neb. (D.J. Sokol Arena)
Sept. 1    Noon    #21 Kansas State at Creighton    Omaha, Neb. (D.J. Sokol Arena)
Sept. 1    5:30 pm    Syracuse vs. #21 Kansas State    Omaha, Neb. (D.J. Sokol Arena)
Sept. 1    7:30 pm    Denver at Creighton    Omaha, Neb. (D.J. Sokol Arena)

This Weekend
Creighton Volleyball (3-0) opens the home portion of its schedule by hosting the Bluejay Invitational this weekend at D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center (capacity 2,500).
    The tournament begins on Friday when No. 21 Kansas State (3-0) takes on Denver (2-1) in a 3:30 pm match. Creighton (3-0) then takes on Syracuse (2-1) in the 6 pm finale.
    Saturday features four matches. Denver takes on Syracuse at 10 am before Creighton hosts Kansas State at noon. The evening session features Syracuse vs. Kansas State at 5:30 pm before Denver takes on Creighton in at 7:30 pm.

Radio Information
Creighton’s 23-match volleyball broadcast schedule begins this weekend, as all three matches will be on radio. Creighton’s matches vs. Syracuse and Denver will air on KOIL (1290 AM), while the Saturday afternoon match vs. Kansas State airs on KZOT (1180 AM).
    Brad Burwell will call the play-by-play, while Erin Swanson and Amanda Cvejdlik will share color analyst duties.
    Depending on the station, the matches will be streamed free of charge on the internet at 1180zone2.com and clicking on the Listen Live button on the right side of the page, or by visiting  mighty1290koil.com and clicking on the Listen Live button at the top of the page.

Video Information
All matches from this weekend’s Bluejay Invitational will be video webcast, including non-Creighton contests.
    To sign up, visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the Live Video tab on the left sidebar. A 4-month subscription costs $34.95, while a monthly subscription costs $10.95 per month. Fans can also purchase a 24-hour pass ($4.99) or a 48-hour pass ($5.99) that begins the moment you sign up.

Live Stats Information
All matches at the Bluejay Invitational will have free live stats.
    Visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the Live Stats tab on the left-hand side of the page for links the exact link.
    Live stats from all of the Bluejay Invitational matches are also available on your mobile phone by clicking on www.gocreightonstats.com.

Scouting Creighton
Creighton is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2006 after beating UCF (3-1), USF (3-0) and Wisconsin (3-1) to win the USF Invitational in Tampa.
    Two-time First-Team All-MVC pick Megan Bober (8.73 aps., 3.09 dps., 2.18 kps., .408S%) was named Tournament MVP at the USF Invitational. She was the lone Bluejay to earn Preseason All-MVC accolades this fall, and has started all 98 matches in a Creighton uniform.
    Fellow senior Heather Thorson (2.55 kps., 1.55 bps., .280%) leads the team in blocks per set and is tied for the team lead in kills.
    The Jays got solid production from sophomores Michelle Sicner (1.91 kps., 1.45 bps., .386%), Kelli Browning (2.55 kps., 1.27 bps., .521%) and Leah McNary (1.91 kps.) as well.
    Creighton also got solid production from its freshman class, as Kate Elman (5.09 dps.), Ashley Jansen (2.82 dps.), Melanie Jereb (1.64 kps., 2.55 dps.) and Lizzy Stivers (0.27 saps.) combined for 12 of the team’s 13 aces last weekend.
    As a team, Creighton averaged 13.18 kills, 1.18 aces, 17.27 digs and 3.14 blocks per set while hitting .253.
    Creighton returns nine letterwinners and five starters from last year’s team that finished 17-14 overall and fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 12-6 league record. The Bluejays were picked fourth (of 10 teams) in the MVC this fall.


Scouting Syracuse
Syracuse went 3-0 last weekend to claim the Colgate Classic title with wins vs. Illinois-Chicago (3-2), Bryant (3-1) and Colgate (3-1).
    Nicolette Serratore (3.77 kps., .297%) and Andrea Fisher (3.77 kps., 2.15 dps.) tied for team-high honors offensively, while Lindsay McCabe (1.54 kps., .600%, 1.38 bps.) topped the team in hitting percentage and blocks per set.
    Defensively, Melina Violas topped Syracuse with 4.09 digs per set, while Emily Betteridge led SU with 9.77 assists per set.
    Syracuse averaged 13.77 kills, 1.62 aces, 13.00 digs and 2.85 blocks per set while hitting .289 as a team.
    After returning four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s 19-12 team, the Orange were picked fifth of 14 teams in the preseason Big East poll, with McCabe and Samantha Hinz were named to the league’s preseason team.

Scouting #21 Kansas State
Kansas State went 3-0 last weekend, sweeping UC Irvine and Oakland before winning the final two sets in a 3-2 win over Oregon State for the Varney’s Invitational title.
    All-American MB Kaitlynn Pelger keyed KSU’s run to the title with 3.64 kills per set on .344 hitting last weekend, also delivering a team-best seven aces (0.64 saps.). Her main offensive counterpart, junior OH Lilla Porubek, averaged 3.80 kills per set on .325 hitting.
    Setting KSU is Caitlyn Donahue (11.18 aps., 3.00 dps.), while Tristan McCarty (3.18 dps.) paced K-State in digs.
    The Wildcats averaged 14.36 kills, 1.64 aces, 17.09 digs and 2.18 blocks per set while hitting .260 as a team.
    Kansas State was picked third of nine teams in the preseason Big 12 poll, with Donahue, Pelger and Porubek each named preseason all-Big 12.
     K-State went 22-11 last year and returns 13-of-14 letterwinners, including all its starters. The Wildcats turned heads in their last trip to Nebraska, upsetting the No. 2 Cornhuskers in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Scouting Denver
Denver went 2-1 last weekend at the Rams Volleyball Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo. The Pioneers swept Rhode Island and Virginia, but sandwiched those results with a three-set loss at No. 25 Colorado State.
    Colleen King (3.33 kps., .349%) and Michele Swope (3.22 kps., .333%) were DU’s top offensive weapons, with Frances Carroll averaging 10.89 assists per set.
    In the middle, Faimie Kingsley averaged 2.22 kills per set, as well as an astounding 1.89 blocks per set while hitting .341.
    The Pioneers were picked to finish sixth in their inaugural season in the Western Athletic Conference, with Kingsley being named Preseason All-WAC.
    Denver went 13-15 last year, but finished second in the West division of the Sun Belt Conference. Four starters and 11 letterwinners overall return from that team.

The Coaches
Creighton is coached by Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Truman State, 1997), who owns a 161-115 record in her 10th season with the Bluejays. She became the program’s all-time winningest coach on Aug. 25, 2007 with a 3-0 win over Stephen F. Austin and joined the 100-win club with an Oct. 31, 2008 win at Drake. She was named the 2010 CVU.com National Coach of the Year after leading Creighton to the second round during its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
     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 is helped by assistant coaches Tom Mendoza and Angie Oxley Behrens and volunteer assistant Amanda (Gates) Sjuts.
    Syracuse is led by Leonid Yelin (Uzbekistan Government Institute of Physical Culture and Sport, 1970), who is 3-0 at Syracuse and 483-148 in his 21st season as a head coach. Yelin led Lousiville to 20 or more wins in 11 of his 15 years with the Cardinals, including four Regional semifinals, and was named Conference USA Coach of the Decade in 2004. Yelin was also coach at Barry University from 1991-95, including a Division II national title in his final year with the Buccaneers. He is assisted by Stephanie Cantway, Matthew Soderstrom and Erin Little.
    Kansas State is paced by Suzie Fritz (Florida Atlantic, 1994), who is 220-127 in her 12th year with the Wildcats. Fritz has taken KSU to eight NCAA Tournaments, including three trips to the Sweet 16. She is assisted by Jeff Grove, Jeff Hulsmeyer and Ashley Monfort.
    Denver is coached by Jesse Mahoney (Colorado, 1995), who is 2-1 in his first year as a head coach after spending the previous seven years as an assistant at Colorado State. He’s assisted by Tom Logan, Katelin Batten and Shawn McLaughlin.

Series History vs. Syracuse
Creighton has never faced Syracuse.
 
Series History vs. Kansas State
Creighton is 0-5 all-time vs. Kansas State, including a 0-2 mark under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. The teams first met in 1994 in Wichita, with the past four meetings in Manhattan.
    Last year K-State downed Creighton in five sets, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 15-13, on Aug. 30th.

Series History vs. Denver
Creighton has never faced Denver.

Last Weekend Summary
Creighton won its first tournament title since 2006 with a 3-0 mark at the USF Invitational in Tampa, Fla. The Jays defeated UCF (3-1), USF (3-0) and Wisconsin (3-1) en route to the crown.
    Megan Bober (2.18 kps., 8.73 aps., 3.09 dps.) was named Tournament MVP and joined on the All-Tournament Team by Michelle Sicner (1.91 kps., 1.45 bps., .386%).

Quest For A Title Continues
Though this will be the eighth edition of the Bluejay Invitational, host Creighton is still in search of its first championship at its own tournament. Creighton is 9-10 in its Bluejay Invitational history.
    Champions, by year, include Iowa State (2005), Iowa (2006), Middle Tennessee (2007), Minnesota (2008), Illinois (2009), Kansas (2010) and Northern Illinois (2011).

Longitude Aptitude
There have been 16 previous schools (besides Creighton) to play in the Bluejay Invitational. Teams located west of Omaha are a combined 1-18 with no titles, while teams to the east of Omaha are 26-8 with seven titles.
    Of this year’s field, Syracuse is east of Omaha while Kansas State and Denver are located west of Omaha.

Freshmen Serve It Up
Four of Creighton’s six servers are freshmen, so it should come as little surprise that the Jays received 12 of their 13 aces last weekend from their highly-regarded freshman class. Melanie Jereb, Ashley Jansen, Kate Elman and Lizzy Stivers each finished their opening weekend with three aces, while senior Brooke Boggs dealt the other one.

Title Town Once Again
Creighton made its first trip to the state of Florida a memorable one, winning the USF Invitational with victories over UCF (3-1), USF (3-0) and Wisconsin (3-1).
    The title is the program’s first since winning the Blue Raider Bash in 2006, and school’s eighth tournament title all-time.
    This weekend Creighton will host the Bluejay Invitational for the eighth time, but will be seeking to win its first title at its only annual home tournament.

Nebraskans Return Home
Kansas State and Denver each have Nebraska natives returning to their home state this weekend.
    Kansas State’s roster features Katie Brand (Grand Island), Courtney Cook (Fremont), and Taylor Johnson (Grand Island).
    Denver’s squad includes Omaha product Samantha Berger, Lincoln native Tara Curtiss, and Columbus native Brea Muhle.
    It’s also worth noting that Denver’s Kate Acker was a high school classmate of Creighton’s Kelli Browning at Waukesha (Wis.) Catholic Memorial, while Lyndi Johnson was a Marcus (Texas) High School teammate of Katie Neisler.

Honors Roll In
Creighton had three players honored for their play in the USF Invitational to open the season.
    Kate Elman was named MVC Freshman of the Week after leading all MVC freshmen by averaging 5.09 digs last weekend. Elman also served up three aces and had 14 assists.
    Sophomore Michelle Sicner averaged 1.91 kills and 1.45 blocks per set while hitting a healthy .386 in the three victories. She had 10 kills on .643 hitting in the Saturday win vs. USF.
    Michelle Bober was named USF Invitational MVP after averaging 8.73 assists, 3.09 digs, 2.18 kills and 0.64 blocks per set while hitting .408. Bober was also named MVC Player of the Week, MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week and CVU.com National Player of the Week.

On The Double
Megan Bober opened her senior season with a double-double in all three matches, something she’s done in her last seven contests dating to last season.
    The school record for consecutive double-doubles is eight by Melissa Walsh (Oct. 24-Nov. 17, 2000).
    Korie Lebeda (Nov. 4-24, 2006) and Kailey Reyes (Oct. 23-Nov. 18, 1999) also owned streaks of seven straight double-dips.
    Bober is also in some elite company when it comes to starting the season with three straight double-doubles. The last Bluejay to do it was Brittany Coleman, who opened her freshman year with three straight double-doubles in 2003. The only other person to do it was Melissa Weisensee, who began her 1997 campaign with five straight double-doubles.

Bober Nears 100
Megan Bober has started all 98 matches since the beginning of the 2009 season, helping CU to 55 wins in that span.
    Bober will become the sixth player in Bluejay history to make 100 starts, a group that includes Allie Oelke (120), Korie Lebeda (119), Jessica Houts (119), Melissa Walsh (107) and Kelly Goc (103).
    Bober also figures to be the sixth player in CU history to play in 100 straight matches to start her career, joining Oelke, Lebeda, Walsh, Leah Ratzlaff and Melissa Weisensee.

Bober Starts 3,000-300-300 Club
Megan Bober owns 3,253 assists, 618 kills and 305 blocks in her fine career, making her the Creighton first player with at least 3,000 assists, 300 kills and 300 blocks.
    The only other player even close to Bober’s totals is Korie Lebeda, who finished her career with 5,281 assists, 411 kills and 278 blocks.

Net Gain
Creighton leads all MVC teams after one weekend in blocking, averaging 3.14 stuffs per set. The Jays had three players average more than 1.27 blocks per frame (Heather Thorson, Michelle Sicner and Kelli Browning), and had at least five blocks more than their opponent in all three wins. For the weekend, CU out-blocked its foes 34-12 overall.
 
We’ve Got Votes
Creighton received a pair of top-25 votes in this week’s AVCA poll. This is the first time in program history the team has received such recognition in the regular-season, as its only previous votes had come following the 2010 NCAA Tournament, when it received three points in the poll.

Six Shooters
Creighton used great variety to garner offense in its opening weekend, as six women had between 18 and 28 kills in the 11 sets it played. Middle blockers Heather Thorson and Kelli Browning each had 28 kills last weekend, and combined for 27 kills and just one error in CU’s tournament clinching victory vs. Wisconsin.
    Megan Bober (24 kills), Michelle Sicner (21), Leah McNary (21) and Melanie Jereb (18) rounded out the Bluejay attack, while the rest of the team had five kills combined.

How’s This, For Starters?
Last season Creighton’s opening match starting line-up consisted of Laurel Sanford, Katie Neisler, Heather Thorson, Megan Bober, Michelle Sicner and Brooke Boggs.
    Though the team posted a 3-2 win over UTSA, it would be the only match all season that the Jays started that six person combination.
    This year’s starting line-up in the opener vs. UCF featured Ashley Jansen, Melanie Jereb, Heather Thorson, Kelli Browning, Megan Bober and Michelle Sicner, and has not yet been repeated this season.

Television Turns Out
Creighton will have three upcoming matches televised by Cox 2 in the coming weeks.
    Creighton’s Sept. 19 match at Kansas will air, as will home contests vs. both South Dakota (Sept. 25) and Illinois State (Nov. 10).
    Creighton has appeared on television 10 times previously since 2003, including Cox’s telecast of a 3-2 win home win vs. Wichita State on Nov. 4, 2011.

Great Start
Creighton has started the season 3-0, the first time it has emerged from its opening weekend with a winning record since 2007. The 2007 campaign is also the last time that Creighton entered MVC play with a winning record, something that can be accomplished with two wins in the next two weekends.

Hello World!
Creighton freshmen Ashley Jansen, Melanie Jereb, Kate Elman and Lizzy Stivers combined for seven kills and five assists, as well as 46 of the team’s 77 digs in last Friday’s opener.
    Below is the current Creighton players and how they performed in their regular-season collegiate debuts.
    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), Ashley Jansen (2012) and Melanie Jereb (2012). Six of those nine previous women (Coleman, Decker, Lebeda, Oelke, Mandolfo and Sicner) went on to land a spot on the MVC’s All-Freshman Team.
    Records for a Bluejay debut can be found at the bottom of page six.
Year    Name    SP    K    E    TA    Pct.    A    SA    DIG    TB
2011    Kelli Browning    5    11    3    31    .258    0    0    1    6
2009    Megan Bober•    3    7    0    11    .636    32    0    2    1
2012    Melanie Jereb•    4    5    2    28    .107    0    0    14    0
2011    Katie Neisler•    5    5    5    24    .000    1    0    18    1
2009    Heather Thorson•    3    3    0    6    .500    0    0    0    2
2010    Savannah Smith    4    3    1    7    .286    0    0    1    2
2011    Leah McNary    2    2    2    6    .000    0    0    0    0
2012    Ashley Jansen•    4    1    0    3    .333    1    1    10    0
2012    Kate Elman    4    1    0    2    .500    4    1    22    0
2009    Brooke Boggs•    3    0    0    0    ---    0    0    3    0
2009    Brittany Moon    1    0    0    0    ---    0    0    1    0
2012    Lizzy Stivers    4    0    0    0    ---    0    0    0    0
2010    Natalie Hackbarth    1    0    0    1    .000    0    0    0    0
2011    Michelle Sicner•    5    0    1    4    -.250    1    0    9    1
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Regular-Season Tournament History
Creighton is 63-69 in the 44 regular-season tournaments it has participated in all-time, including a 6-6 mark last year and a 3-0 mark this season. Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s teams are 43-36 in 28 regular-season tournaments, including six titles.
    Before last week’s USF Invitational crown, the last tournament title came Sept. 9-10, 2006, when CU won the Blue Raider Bash hosted by Middle Tennessee with wins over Saint Louis, Miami (Ohio) and Middle Tennessee.
    Creighton had won just two of 16 regular-season tournaments prior to Booth’s arrival.

Season Opening History
With its 3-1 win over UCF last Friday, Creighton improved its record to 11-8 in season-opening matches since restarting the program in 1994. Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth is 7-3 in opening matches and on a four-year winning streak.
    Booth is 8-2 now in Creighton’s first match away from home, helping Creighton improve to 11-8 in such contests.
    Creighton’s four straight wins in season-openers is tied for the longest streak in the MVC with Bradley.
    Creighton enters Friday’s match vs. Syracuse with an 11-7 mark in home openers, including a 6-3 mark under Kirsten Bernthal Booth.

Preseason MVC Poll
Creighton has been picked fourth in a preseason poll of Missouri Valley Conference coaches. Defending regular-season champion Northern Iowa was the unanimous pick to win the league, with Missouri State second and Wichita State third. Creighton is fourth and Illinois State fifth. Rounding out the rest of the league was Southern Illinois, Bradley, Indiana State, Evansville and Drake.
    In addition, Megan Bober was named preseason all-MVC. She joins Wichita State’s Emily Adney as the lone players to repeat on last year’s preseason All-Valley list.
    Creighton has finished in the spot predicted of them or better in the preseason poll in eight of the past nine years.
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    ???    ???

New Opportunity at Libero
Kate Elman was the lone libero used by Creighton last weekend. She’s the first freshman in school history to make her debut wearing the libero jersey.
    Since the libero became legal in 2002, the Jays have used multiple liberos in a season just three times (2005, 2006, 2010), and only used 11 different players in that role (Janeen Piller, Molly Lahr, Emily Greisch, Brittany Coleman, Mallory Lahm, Katie Mehal, Sarah Schulze, Bianca Rivera, Nayka Benitez, Julianne Mandolfo, Kate Elman).

The Votes Add Up
Creighton has six matches scheduled against teams that received votes in the preseason AVCA Top 25 poll.
    Creighton will play No. 21 Northern Iowa in both Omaha and Cedar Falls, and also has a home-and-home series with vote-getter Wichita State. Creighton also hosts No. 21 Kansas State on Sept. 1st, and plays vote-getter Tulsa on Sept. 8 in Greeley, Colo.

Jays vs. Ranked Teams
Creighton will take on No. 21 Kansas State on Saturday while looking to upend a top-25 team for the third time in the last four seasons. The Jays defeated No. 25 Wichita State in 2009 and No. 16 Iowa State in 2010. The victory over Iowa State  was the highest-ranked team that Creighton has ever beaten.
    Creighton is 2-46 all-time against ranked schools (2-30 under Kirsten Bernthal Booth). That includes an 0-25 road record, 1-16 at home and 1-5 at neutral sites, and an 0-2 record against teams ranked exactly No. 21.
Creighton vs. Ranked Teams All-Time
Date    Opponent    Result
09/01/98    at #5 Nebraska    L 0-3
09/04/98    vs. #19 Texas A&M (@Pacific)    L 0-3
09/05/98    at #11 Pacific    L 0-3
09/14/99    at #24 Kansas State    L 0-3
10/16/99    #19 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
09/08/00    at #6 Hawai’i    L 0-3
10/03/00    at #1 Nebraska    L 0-3
09/08/01    at #24 Santa Clara    L 1-3
09/09/01    vs. #13 UC-Santa Barbara (at Santa Clara)    L 0-3
09/25/01    at #1 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/13/01    #16 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
11/09/01    at #18 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
09/06/02    vs. #13 Pacific (at Columbia, S.C.)    L 0-3
09/21/02    at #7 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
09/29/02    at #5 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/18/02    #10 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
10/04/03    at #10 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
11/01/03    #12 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
10/10/04    vs. #5 Nebraska (North Platte, Neb.)    L 0-3
09/06/05    at #24 Kansas State    L 0-3
09/10/05    vs. #3 Stanford (Boulder, Colo.)    L 0-3
10/11/05    at #1 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/29/05    at #25 Wichita State    L 1-3
09/24/06    #1 Nebraska    L 1-3
08/31/07    at #1 Nebraska    L 0-3
09/02/07    #18 Cal Poly    L 0-3
09/15/07    at #13 Minnesota    L 1-3
11/10/07    at #24 Wichita State    L 0-3
08/29/08    #16 Minnesota    L 0-3
08/30/08    #21 LSU    L 2-3
09/27/08    #14 Wichita State    L 1-3
10/05/08    #2 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/24/08    at #12 Wichita State    L 0-3
08/29/09    #10 Illinois    L 0-3
09/01/09    at #6 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/02/09    #25 Wichita State    W 3-1
11/10/09    #20 Saint Louis    L 0-3
11/20/09    at #21 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
11/27/09    #20 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
09/01/10    #7 Nebraska    L 0-3
09/24/10    #16 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
10/23/10    at #14 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
11/27/10    at #11 Northern Iowa    L 1-3
12/03/10    vs. #16 Iowa State (Minneapolis)    W 3-2
12/04/10    at #12 Minnesota    L 0-3
09/08/11    at #11 Nebraska    L 0-3
10/15/11    #12 Northern Iowa    L 0-3
11/11/11    at #12 Northern Iowa    L 1-3

Taking The Fifth
Creighton is 29-16 in five-set matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth, including a 5-2 mark last year. That’s impressive since Creighton had never finished a season with a winning record in fifth sets prior to Booth’s arrival.
    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    0-0    3-0
Total    44-44    254-267

2-0 Better Than 0-2
Creighton is 163-8 (.953) all-time when leading a match 2-0, including a 104-2 mark under Kirsten Bernthal Booth. They own a 77-4 all-time mark in home matches they lead 2-0 in.
    Conversely, the Jays are 6-169 (.034) all-time when trailing a match 0-2, including an 0-57 mark in those home matches. Those six comebacks 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

Survival of the Fittest
Creighton has won five matches under Kirsten Bernthal Booth after surviving an opponent’s match point. On the other hand, Creighton is 161-1 under Booth when it reaches a match point opportunity, falling only when it wasted two match points on Sept. 4, 2010 to Iowa in an eventual 20-18 fifth set loss.
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

Production Returning
Creighton returns 9-of-14 letterwinners from last season. Below is a breakdown of the production that returns:
Stat    Returners    Departures
Assists    1287 (92.6%)    103 (7.4%)
Matches Started    142 (76.3%)    44 (23.7%)
Blocks    289 (63.6%)    108 (36.4%)
Kills    987 (66.2%)    505 (33.8%)
Points    1262.0 (65.7%)    659.0 (34.3%)
Aces    86 (65.2%)    46 (34.8%)
Digs    1186 (58.8%)    830 (41.2%)

Last Year Summary
Creighton went 17-14 last season, including a 12-6 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference.  The Bluejays tied a program record with three First-Team All-MVC picks, as Megan Bober, Julianne Mandolfo and Laurel Sanford were all honored. In addition, Leah McNary and Michelle Sicner were both named to the MVC’s All-Freshman Team.

Radio Broadcast Information
Brad Burwell and former Bluejay volleyball player Erin Swanson will broadcast at least 23 matches (13 home and 10 away) this season.
    The matches will air on KZOT (1180 AM) and KOIL (1290 AM) and be webcast online at GoCreighton.com as well. The pre-match show starts approximately 5-15 minutes before first serve. The post-match show also lasts about 15 minutes and includes post-match interviews. 
    A complete list of remaining matches follows:
2012 Volleyball Broadcast Schedule
Aug. 31    Syracuse (KOIL)
Sept. 1    Kansas State (KZOT)
Sept. 1    Denver (KOIL)
Sept. 7    vs. Ball State (KZOT)
Sept. 8    vs. Tulsa (KZOT)
Sept. 8    at Northern Colorado (KZOT)
Sept. 14    Missouri State (KZOT)
Sept. 15    Wichita State (KZOT)
Sept. 19    at Kansas (KZOT)
Sept. 22    Drake (KZOT)
Sept. 25    South Dakota (KZOT)
Oct. 5    Northern Iowa (KZOT)
Oct. 6    Bradley (KZOT)
Oct. 12    at Illinois State (KOIL)
Oct. 20    at Drake (KOIL)
Oct. 26    Evansville (KOIL)
Oct. 27    Southern Illinois (KOIL)
Nov. 2    at Bradley (KOIL)
Nov. 3    at Northern Iowa (KZOT)
Nov. 9    Indiana State (KZOT)
Nov. 10    Illinois State (KOIL)
Nov. 16    at Wichita State (KOIL)
Nov. 17    at Missouri State (KZOT)
Nov. 22-24    at MVC Tournament (KOIL)

Set 1 Result = Match Result
In its last 143 matches in which it wins set one, Creighton is 130-13. CU is 137-17 overall under Kirsten Bernthal Booth when they win set one. In that same time span, CU is just 24-98 under Booth when it drops the first set.

What’s New?
Several rules have been modified for the 2012 season. Most noticeable is the following:
    Referee Stand. Rule 1.5.4. The referee stand and platform must be distributed evenly behind the net pole. The ladder must be distributed evenly behind the back of the referee platform. Rationale: Some net systems currently have the referee stand and platform inside the net pole with the ladder on one side of the platform. This could create a potentially dangerous situation and uneven playing area for the team on the side of the ladder.
    Use of Electronic Aids. Rule 6.1.5. Statistical data may be transmitted to the bench area from any location in the facility. Electronic audio communication or video transmission is prohibited. Electronic devices may be used in the bench areas during the match for statistical purposes. Rationale: Technology is changing quickly, and allowing statistical information to be transmitted is a current accepted practice.
    Change of Team Areas Between Sets. Rule 9.2.4.4.1. The second referee conducts a new coin toss. The home team calls the coin toss for the deciding set. Rationale: The previous rule stated that the first referee had to instruct the second referee to conduct the coin toss. This rule change will align with the current practice.
    Substitutions. Rule 11.3.2. Each team is entitled to 15 substitutions per set. Each player is allowed unlimited entries within the team limit. Rationale: The survey results showed a vast majority of coaches in favor of increasing the number of substitutions per set. Many programs are being asked to carry more student-athletes on their team roster. This change allows for increased playing opportunities. Associated Technique. Rule 18.3.6.11. The second referee notifies the appropriate coach(es) when the 12th through 15th team substitutions are made, and the first referee when the 15th substitution is made.
    Hand Signals. Rule 18.1.5. If the fault is whistled by the first referee, he or she indicates the result of the play (point or replay) followed by the nature of the fault. The second referee mimics the first referee’s signals. [Exception: The second referee does not mimic the signal for net serve].
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