The Creighton women's volleyball team was eliminated from the playoffs in the second round, nut the program there still has a lot to be proud of this year. The team was ranked in the top 25 for the first time in history. They appeared there for the last three weeks of the season and reached No. 21 in the AVCA's last regular season poll, its highest ranking ever.
Creighton finished with a 29-4 record, it's most wins ever. Also a first: getting two players named to the All-Region team in one season. Congrats to senior setter Megan Bober and sophomore middle blocker Kelli Browning for those honors.
In just the school's second NCAA appearance ever, the Bluejays won their first round match against Marquette 3-0. They even managed to take the first set off of No. 8 Minnesota in the second round last Saturday night. Creighton had been 24-0 when winning the first set prior to that match. But Minnesota proved too much for them as they stormed back to win the next three.
Certainly, this team has reason to hold its head high after a great season. Now all they need is to be acknowledged by the more established volleyball school in their state, University of Nebraska. In a recent article, Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth made an effort to say that there's no bad blood between her and Nebraska coach John Cook. But Creighton's efforts to get Nebraska on the schedule for a yearly battle have yielded nothing, even though when the two teams met in Omaha back in 2008 they drew over 8,000 fans.
Strangely, when asked about about this by the reporter on the story, Cook sent a message back through an athletic department spokeswoman. He declined to comment on Creighton's program.
We can put that down on the list of things that make us go hmmmmm...