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Volleyball 24th in Year-End AVCA Rankings; RPI

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton Volleyball team finished the season ranked 24th nationally in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, released on Tuesday. It's the first time the Jays have been honored in the year-end poll, and the fourth straight poll this season that Creighton has been listed in the top-25.

Creighton's No. 24 ranking is three spots lower than where it was entering the NCAA Tournament, as it was leapfrogged by semifinalist Michigan (No. 5) in addition to Regional semifinalist squads from Michigan State (16), Kentucky (20) and Wichita State (23).

In the final NCAA Volleyball RPI, Creighton finished at No. 24, its highest mark in program history, and eight spots better than its previous year-end best of 32 in 2010.

Statistically, Creighton finished the year ranked fourth in blocks per set (3.06), sixth in winning percentage (.879), 38th  in digs per set (17.32), 42nd in hitting percentage (.247), 83rd in kills per set (13.39), 114th in assists per set (12.23) and 129th in aces per set (1.24). 

Individually, sophomore Kelli Browning finished fifth in the country in blocks per set (1.65) and was 32nd in hitting percentage (.370). Browning's 204 blocks on the season tied her with Wyoming's Erin Kirby for the national lead. In addition, Kate Elman ranked 68th with 4.98 digs per set, a figure that ranked sixth-best among the nation’s freshmen.

Creighton finished its best season in program history with a 29-4 record, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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