Volleyball Takes a 3-1 Loss At No. 17 Creighton

first_img vs. Omaha (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Preview vs. Creighton (PDF) Print Friendly Version vs. Western Carolina 9/20/2019 – 11 a.m.center_img Story Links Live Stats Next Game: OMAHA, Neb. – The Drake University volleyball team suffered two losses Saturday afternoon during the final day of the Bluejay Invitational in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs opened the day with a 3-1 loss to No. 17 Creighton and ended the day with a 3-0 setback to Omaha.Freshman Haley Bush (Waukee, Iowa) led the offense with 25 total kills on the day while Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) added 16 kills. Gillian Gergen closed the day with seven kills on 13 swings and four blocks in the loss to Omaha.The Bulldogs (5-5) opened the day against No. 17 Creighton and took a set from the Bluejays before Creighton stormed back to take the match, 3-1. Bush led the Bulldogs again with 14 kills while Plock came on strong late and finished with seven kills on 14 attempts. Kylee Macke led the defense with 19 digs.Creighton took the first two sets with relative ease by scores of 25-17, 25-18, despite Drake’s Bush notching 12 kills in the first two sets. Drake jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the third set and extended that lead to as many as seven points and 19-12 on three-straight kills from Plock.However, the Bluejays used a 4-0 run to pull within a point at 21-20. Drake did not surrender that lead and a kill from Plock finally ended the set in favor of the Bulldogs, 25-23. Unfortunately for Drake, that momentum was short-lived as Creighton responded by jumping out to a 12-5 lead and later using a 6-0 run to cruise to the 25-9 set win and take the match, 3-1. Creighton hit .541 in that set and .340 on for the match while holding Drake to just .058 hitting.Drake’s hitting struggles continued against Omaha as the team converted at a .125 clip against the Mavericks. In addition to Gergen’s seven kills, Plock and Bush combined to add 20 kills, but the Bulldogs committed 17 total attack errors in the three sets. Drake opened the weekend Friday with a 3-0 loss to No. 12 Washington. The Bulldogs aim to rebound from the challenging weekend next week when they travel to Wilmington, N.C., for matches against Western Carolina, North Carolina A&T and UNCW.last_img read more