Keeley Davis

The 31 kills by Keeley Davis last Saturday against then-No. 10 Marquette earned her the national player of the week honor.

You’d think that redshirt freshman Keeley Davis wouldn’t be able to form too harsh of a self-critique when reflecting on her 31-kill night during a five-set win over a top-10 opponent.

The 6-foot-2 outside hitter finished one kill shy of the program’s single-match record Saturday night, showcasing her wide array of shot techniques as she sprayed the ball to all corners of the court against then-No. 10 Marquette.

The performance earned her the AVCA national player of the week award — she’s the first Creighton player in six years and the second in program history to be recognized in that fashion. She also picked up the Big East’s top offensive weekly award and secured her sixth straight conference freshman of the week honor.

Yet still, hidden within the brilliance were those inevitable miscues. Davis definitely found them.

Sign up for World-Herald news alerts

Be the first to know when news happens. Get the latest breaking headlines sent straight to your inbox.

She pulled up as many video clips as she could after the game, just so she could identify the details she overlooked or the potential adjustments she still can make.

“It looks good,” Davis said of the final numbers. “But I still see things that I can improve on.”

Something always needs polishing. That’s kind of been the theme this week.

Creighton’s players, while on fall break, have set aside some extra time for reflection and goal reorientation. They met individually with coaches. They had a group session with the team’s sports psychologist. They did a little self-scouting, too — trying to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses the way opponents might.

Because it’s still just mid-October.

No. 11 Creighton beat the Golden Eagles in that Davis-led thriller Saturday, and then jumped the league favorites in the polls and in the Big East standings. But coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth’s convinced that her team can still take another step forward this weekend.

“Their mindset is very positive and very good right now — but hopefully very driven,” Booth said. “It’s that balance, for sure. You don’t want this to cause complacency. We’ve got a long way to go.”

The same appears to hold true for Davis, who’s already upgraded her skills since the start of the season. She averaged 2.68 kills per set in her first eight matches — that rate is 3.70 in the four games since. She’s emerged as the most potent option within Creighton’s balanced offensive attack.

And yet Davis thinks she can still do more. Booth thinks so, too.

“She’s been playing well,” Booth said. “Hopefully she’ll continue to trend, getting back each week like she has been. She’s doing a lot of great things.”

Davis and the Bluejays return to action when they host Butler at 7 p.m. Friday before taking on Xavier at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sokol Arena.

Get the headlines from Creighton, Nebraska, UNO, high schools and other area teams.

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Commenting is limited to Omaha World-Herald subscribers. To sign up, click here.

If you're already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

Recommended for you

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.