The Missouri Valley Conference recognized two Creighton Volleyball players with Player of the Week honors after helping the Bluejays to the USF Invitational title last weekend in Tampa. Megan Bober has been named MVC Player of the Week, while Kate Elman has been named MVC Freshman of the Week. This is Bober’s fourth career MVC Player of the Week award (previously once in 2010, twice in 2011), one behind the school-record set by Melissa Walsh (1998-2001). This is Elman’s first award.
A senior from Murdock, Neb., Bober had three consecutive double-doubles to lead the Jays to the USF Invitational title, the program’s first since 2006. For the weekend, she averaged 8.73 assists, 3.09 digs, 2.18 kills and 0.64 blocks per set on .408 hitting in wins over teams from the Big Ten, Big East and Conference USA. She had 36 assists, 12 digs, six kills and five blocks while hitting .385 in the season-opening win vs. UCF. On Saturday vs. host USF, Bober approached a triple-double with 22 assists, 14 digs and eight kills on .353 hitting. Bober finished with 38 assists, 10 kills and eight digs on .474 hitting in the clincher vs. Wisconsin. This was Bober’s fifth All-Tournament Team, but marked the first time in Bober’s career that she’s been named a tournament MVP.
Elman led all MVC freshmen with 56 digs last weekend, averaging 5.09 per set in wins over UCF, USF and Wisconsin. Elman set a school-record vs. UCF, as her 22 digs vs. the Knights made her the first player with 20 or more digs in her debut. Elman then had 12 digs and a pair of aces in a sweep of host USF before closing her weekend with 22 more digs in a title-clinching win vs. Wisconsin. Elman, who handled 52-of-53 serve receive attempts successfully, also became the only freshman to ever debut while wearing the libero jersey for Creighton.
Creighton (3-0) hosts the Bluejay Invitational this weekend, beginning with a 6 pm match vs. Syracuse (3-0). Denver (2-1) takes on No. 21 Kansas State
(3-0) in the first match of the event beginning at 3:30 pm in D.J. Sokol Arena.