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Creighton sweeps St. John’s | Rural Radio Network

Creighton sweeps St. John’s

Creighton sweeps St. John’s
OMAHA, Neb.Jaali Winters set Creighton Volleyball’s all-time kills record to help the No. 10 Bluejays to a 3-0 win over St. John’s on Sunday.

A senior from Ankeny, Iowa, Winters had a match-high 16 kills and now owns 1,633 kills. She broke the Leah Ratzlaff’s previous mark of 1,622 on an attack midway through the second set off an assist from long-time friend and teammate Megan Ballenger. Winters hit a season-best .441, with four kills in the first set, five in the second set and seven in the final frame. The record-setting kill gave the Bluejays a 14-10 lead in the second set, and she would be recognized with a standing ovation at a timeout a short time later. It’s the 78th different school-record in her career.

Creighton won the match 25-15, 26-24, 25-19 to improve to 14-4 overall and 6-0 in BIG EAST action. St. John’s dropped to 15-7 and is 4-3 in BIG EAST action.

Taryn Kloth had eight kills in nine swings during Creighton’s 25-15 first set win, which saw the Bluejays hit .586 as a team. The Bluejays also served up four aces in the first frame, as Kloth, Samantha Bohnet, Madelyn Cole and Brittany Witt all had one.

Creighton used a 5-0 run on Naomi Hickman’s serve to go ahead 14-10 on Winters’ record-setting kill, but while the crowd was celebrating history, St. John’s made a comeback. The Red Storm used a 5-0 run to tie the score at 19. CU regained a 22-20 lead before St. John’s tied it at 23, then took a 24-23 lead to serve for the set. Sheena Yoshioka was subbed in, but would serve it into the tape, and the score evened at 24-all. Creighton won the set on consecutive blocks of Lexie Lobdell by Cole and Megan Ballenger. Cole had 10 assists, nine digs and three blocks in the second set alone.

Creighton closed out the match with a 25-19 win in the third set, led by seven kills from Winters. CU hit .349 in the final frame and added four blocks and 26 digs to sweep the Red Storm.

Kloth finished with 13 kills and seven digs, while Cole tallied 41 assists, 15 digs and six blocks. Ballenger also added six blocks and seven kills on .583 hitting. Witt recorded a match-best 17 digs, her 21st straight match with 10 or more digs. Creighton hit .336 and finished with 48 kills, eight aces, 55 digs and eight blocks.

St. John’s was paced by 11 kills and three blocks by Rachele Rastelli, and 23 assists and 11 digs by Erica Di Maulo. The Red Storm hit .250 and had 42 kills, one ace, 46 digs and three blocks.

Creighton hits the road next weekend for matches at Georgetown (Friday, 5 p.m. CST) and Villanova (Saturday, 6 p.m. CST).

NOTES: Creighton’s six-match win streak is a season-high … Creighton has won 10 straight meetings with St. John’s … Creighton has won 31 straight regular-season home matches in BIG EAST play … Creighton has won 111 straight when hitting .300 or better … Creighton has won 68 straight matches against BIG EAST teams when winning the third set … Creighton has won 52 straight over unranked teams when winning the first set, and 40 straight at home against unranked teams … Creighton has won 27 straight home matches in October … Jaali Winters had five digs and now owns 1,242 in her career, passing Melissa Walsh (1,240) for sixth-most in program history.

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