DES MOINES, Iowa - The Creighton Bluejays defeated the Drake Bulldogs, 3-0, Saturday night at the Knapp Center in the team's annual Dig Pink match. Set scores were 25-17, 25-17 and 25-11.
Cassie Effken (Lincoln, Neb.) had seven kills and added three digs, three block solos, one block assist and one service ace for Drake (3-18, 2-8 MVC). Bentley Mancini (Burnsville, Minn.) had seven kills and recorded five digs. Sarah Madden (Van Meter, Iowa) finished with a match-high 24 digs and moved into 10th in program history in career digs with 845.
Kelli Browning led Creighton (18-3, 9-1 MVC) with 12 kills and added six block assists. Megan Bober had a match-high 28 assists in addition to seven kills and eight digs.
The Bluejays took a 14-8 lead in set one after a Drake attack error and the Bulldogs took their first timeout of the night. Creighton extended its lead to 22-12 before Drake recorded three-straight blocks to cut the deficit to 22-15 and force the Bluejays to take their first timeout. Creighton won the set 25-17, after a kill by Leah McNary.
A kill and an ace by Effken tied the second set at 6-6. The two teams traded points until the Bluejays ripped off three-straight points to take a 19-15 lead, their largest of the set to force a Bulldog timeout. Creighton scored six of the last eight points to win 25-17.
Creighton took the third set, 25-11 for the match win to stay tied at the top of the MVC standings with UNI, which defeated Illinois State Saturday night.
The Bluejays finished with 20 blocks and 56 digs. The Bulldogs had seven blocks and 53 digs.
Drake next hosts Southern Illinois Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Evansville the following night at 7 p.m.