Ashley Jansen isn’t fazed by her latest assignment for the Creighton volleyball team.
“If we told her she was going to play middle blocker, she’d say, ‘All right, I’m ready,’ ” Bluejay coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said.
Jansen, a sophomore from Omaha Marian, set for Creighton in two wins last week and will see more time there this weekend.
Creighton (18-6, 9-3) plays at St. John’s (15-13, 4-8) at 4 p.m. Friday and at Seton Hall (13-14, 4-8) at 3 p.m. Saturday. CU is tied for second place heading into its final Big East road trip.
Jansen said she didn’t freak out when Booth told her she’d be the starter. She’s been training with the setters along with her work as a defensive specialist, which had been her primary role.
“I always set in high school, and I knew I could do it again,” she said. “I knew my teammates would be ready to help me.”
Booth said Jansen is a great defensive player and has a great serve. Jansen did well at setting to the outside hitters but worked this week on improving her connection with the middle hitters.
At 5-foot-7, she hasn’t mastered the power dumps wielded by 6-2 fellow setter Michelle Sicner, but she’s working at it.
Booth likes that confident attitude.
“She is a great leader,” Booth said. “Her decision making on who to set and at what time was fantastic. I was really impressed with that.”
It will be a game-day decision whether Booth will go with Jansen or Sicner, who had started up to last weekend.
If Sicner does earn the starting nod, Jansen will still get time at the position.
“We’ve got a great group of young women who want to accomplish some great things as we hit crunch time,” Booth said. “We are trying to figure out the best team to get us there.”
Jansen said she can deliver whatever is needed with the support of her fellow Bluejays.
“It’s easy to feed off my teammates — their energy was really positive and exciting,” Jansen said. “They were all really nice. They all communicated, and each of them stepped up and found a way to win.”