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Drake Hosts Creighton Saturday

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Release: November 17, 2011
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Thursday, Nov. 17

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Sat., Nov. 19    CREIGHTON    7 p.m.

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The Drake University volleyball team (9-22, 5-12 MVC) hosts Creighton (16-13, 11-6 MVC) in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will be playing for the sixth and final invitation to next week’s State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

THE SITUATION
At 5-12, Drake currently sits behind 6-10 Indiana State for the final spot in next week’s State Farm MVC Championship. If Drake defeats Creighton at home on Saturday and Indiana State falls to both Missouri State and Wichita State at home, the teams would tie at 6-12 in the MVC. Drake, by nature of its home victory over fourth-place Creighton, would win the tiebreaker and the sixth spot in the Tournament.
Indiana State previously fell to both Missouri State and Wichita State by 3-0 margins.

At 4-12, Bradley has road matches at Evansville (3-13) and at Southern Illinois (3-13) remaining on the schedule. If the Braves win both matches, the Bulldogs beat Creighton and the Sycamores fall to both Missouri State and Wichita State, a three-way tie at 6-12 would emerge. Since the three teams hold 1-1 records against each other, the MVC’s Power Ranking system would be employed. Bradley would win the sixth spot in such a situation because of its home win over fourth-place Creighton and road victories at Evansville and Southern Illinois.

SENIOR NIGHT
Drake’s Saturday matchup against Creighton, the team’s final home match, will serve as senior day. Four seniors, Caitlin Johnson, Mikayla Sims, Erika Price and Michelle Reidy, along with junior Emily Heffernen, will be playing in their final home contests for Drake.

FRESHMAN STEPS UP
Freshman Amanda Platte saw action in her third-career match Saturday at UNI. Platte totaled a career-high five kills in 10 swings and led Drake with a .400 hitting percentage against the Panthers.

BLOCKER
Senior Michelle Reidy currently sits at 383 career block assists – good for third all-time at Drake. Kori Knudsen-Pollack (1981) ranks second with 415 career block assists.

SETTER
Senior Caitlin Johnson has totaled 1,019 assists this season, good for ninth on the single-season Drake assists record.

ON THE OPPONENTS

CREIGHTON
The Bluejays are 16-13 overall and sit at fourth in the MVC with an 11-6 league record. Creighton enters the Knapp Center on a three-match losing streak.
Megan Bober directs the Creighton offense and leads the Bluejays with 712 assists. Bober set a single-season MVC record with her eighth triple-double last weekend at Bradley.
The Bluejays boast four players with more than 200 kills, including Laurel Sanford, Bober, Heather Thorson and Karisa Almgren.
Creighton is coached by ninth-year head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth.

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