The Creighton volleyball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference. Senior middle blocker Jessica Houts was one of eight selections named to the Preseason All-Valley Team.
After earning first-team all-MVC accolades as a junior, the Bloomington, Minn., native is close to setting CU’s career total blocks record and last year became Creighton’s first ever player to be named MVC Defensive Player of the Year.
Wichita State earned 9-of-10 first place votes to earn the preseason favorite role. The defending conference regular-season champion Shockers secured 99 points in the voting.
Defending Valley Tournament champ Missouri State was second with 87 points, including one first-place vote, just ahead of third-place Northern Iowa (83). Trailing fourth-place Creighton (67) was Southern Illinois (49). Rounding out the bottom half of the poll were sixth-place Evansville (47), Illinois State (42), Drake (33), Bradley (24) and Indiana State (19).