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WICHITA, Kan. — It took a two-set rally and surviving match point in the fifth set, but the Creighton volleyball team clinched its first Missouri Valley title Friday with a comeback win at Wichita State.
Wichita State (19-8, 12-5) took the first two sets 25-22, 25-15 before the Bluejays (25-3, 16-1) won three straight, 25-16, 25-20, 16-14, to seal their 13th straight win.
The Shockers never trailed while winning the first set and capitalized on several Creighton miscues, including five total service errors, to build a 13-7 lead. The Jays rallied to close the gap to 21-20, but a service error helped the Shockers close on a 4-2 run to end the frame.
Wichita State took another early lead in the second set, nearly doubling up Creighton at 13-7 before winning 25-20.
Creighton began its turnaround in the third set, getting three blocks in a five-point span to build a 7-3 lead and cruise to a 25-16 win. The Bluejays outblocked the Shockers 7-0, including four stuffs from Kelli Browning, while forcing the Shockers into 11 attack errors. Creighton also served up three aces, one each by Melanie Jereb, Bober and Elman.
The Jays carried that momentum in the fourth set, storming to leads of 6-3 and 10-6. The Shockers responded with a 5-1 spurt to even the score at 11.
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Creighton answered with four straight points, including consecutive blocks by Kelli Browning and Megan Bober, and won the set 25-20 on a block by Leah McNary and Browning. Creighton hit .173 in the fourth set while holding WSU to .070 hitting.
The Jays needed one more comeback in the fifth set after falling behind 10-6. A kill from Melanie Jereb and three more from Bober helped Creighton knot the score at 13.
The Shockers won a long rally with a block to earn a match point opportunity, but Bober and Browning teamed up to fend off match point at 14-all. A kill from McNary got the Jays in position for the win, which Bober sealed with her 14th kill of the evening.
Bober led Creighton with 42 assists, 14 kills, 11 digs and seven blocks to turn in her 15th career triple-double and sixth of her senior season.
McNary added 11 kills, while Jereb, Heather Thorson and Browning each added 10 kills. The Bluejay had 59 kills, five aces, 93 digs and 16 blocks while hitting .184.
Creighton will play its final regular-season game Saturday at 7 pm at Missouri State.