(Meb)-#18 Creighton VB Swept By #20 Baylor
by Rob Anderson CU Sports Information
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The No. 18 Creighton Volleyball team lost a 3-0 decision against No. 20 Baylor on Saturday to wrap up play at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln.
Scores of the match were 25-20, 25-20, 25-20.
Baylor (2-0) won a tight first set that featured 15 ties and six lead changes. Creighton (0-2) took a 17-16 lead after consecutive points to snap a streak of 12 straight sideouts between the nationally-ranked clubs. Baylor took a 19-18 lead before Jaela Zimmerman answered with a kill to knot the score. The rest of the set would be all Baylor, as the Bears ripped off a 6-1 run that featured four kills from All-American Yossiana Pressley. Pressley finished the first set with 10 of BU's 15 kills, hitting .643.
The second set saw the teams exchange sideouts on 17 of the first 18 points. Baylor led 14-13 before a 6-1 run that included three kills by Pressley extended the margin to 20-14. CU answered back as Erica Kostelac contributed two block assists and an ace during a 4-0 Bluejay run to draw within three at 21-18, only to see the teams trade four more sideouts in BU's second straight 25-20 victory.
Creighton led 9-4 early in the third set and maintained a lead until Baylor moved ahead at 19-16 following a 4-0 run. CU would get no closer than two (21-19) the rest of the set, and a tip from Pressley ended the match.
Pressley had 19 kills in 37 swings, hitting .351, overall. Hannah Lockin had 34 assists and 12 digs for Baylor, as well. The Bears had 44 kills, three aces, 46 digs and four blocks on .277 hitting.
Creighton was topped offensively by eight kills from Megan Ballenger, while Brittany Witt topped the defense with 15 digs. Creighton hit .172 in the match and had 31 kills, three aces, three blocks and 33 digs.
Creighton returns to the court next weekend with three more matches against elite competition at the UNI Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. CU's weekend starts on Friday with matches against No. 7 Kentucky (10:30 a.m.) and Northern Iowa (7:30 p.m.) before taking on No. 14 USC on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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