Creighton volleyball certainly is a team to keep an eye on this season in the Big East conference. Head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth, in season No. 14, is looking to build upon a Sweet 16 appearance last season.
Four starters, including All-Americans Lauren Smith and Jaali Winters, return from the 2015 team that finished No. 19 nationally. As a 6-foot-3 middle blocker, Smith was an all-tournament team selection in each preseason event last fall. Her dominance continued all season as she led the league in both blocks per set (1.27) and hitting percentage (.343). As a freshman, Winters produced one of the greatest seasons in school history. She set a school record with 546 kills, which helped her attain AVCA Third Team All-America accolades.
Creighton was chosen to repeat as Big East champs in 2016. (Photo Courtesy: Creighton Athletics)
BR-16 CREIGHTON BLUE JAYS WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL SNAPSHOT
Head Coach: Kirsten Bernthal Booth
2015 Conference: 17-1 — Big East
2015 Overall: 27-9
2016 Prediction: No. 1, Big East
Key Matchup: Sept. 9 vs. TCU