Creighton looking to make run in NCAA volleyball

ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Published:

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- When it comes to volleyball in the Cornhusker state, Creighton has always been little sister to the powerful University of Nebraska program 50 miles away.

My, how little sister has grown.

The Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and postseason champion Bluejays are on a school-record, 16-match win streak and ranked No. 21 heading into their second NCAA tournament in three years.

Coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth has overseen the steady rise of a program that benefits from being located in a state that produces more Division I women's volleyball players per capita than any except Hawaii.

In the RPI, the best gauge of strength, Creighton (28-3) is No. 26 going into Friday's match against Marquette (27-6) in Minneapolis. That's up from No. 74 a year ago.