#10 Illinois won the Bluejay Invitational title on Saturday night with a 3-0 victory over host Creighton who is now 1-1. Scores of the match were 25-22, 25-19, 25-20. NU sophomore Brook Delano had a career high 14 kills as #3 Nebraska held off #11 Minnesota in five sets to move to 1-1 on the year.
First, in Omaha. Nebraska (1-1) won the first set 25-20, before Minnesota (1-1) used a decisive 9-1 run to come back and take the second set 25-21. The Huskers controlled the third set, winning 25-19 before Minnesota cruised to a 25-15 victory in the fourth set to force the deciding fifth set. Nebraska never trailed in the fifth set and the Huskers won the final five rallies to claim a 15-8 win on Delano’s final kill.
Nebraska hosts its first home match of the 2009 season at the NU Coliseum on Tuesday, Sept. 1, when the Huskers face Creighton at 7 p.m. A win over the Bluejays would give Nebraska an NCAA-record 88 consecutive home victories dating back to 2004.
Sydney Anderson and Delano were named to the 2009 AVCA Showcase All-Tournament Team.
Bluejay Invitational Tournament MVP Laura DeBruler had 10 of her match-high 22 kills in the first set and hit .340 and added three digs, an ace and a block. Two of the All-American’s teammates were also named all-tourney, as Michelle Bartsch had 10 kills and seven digs while Johannah Bangert had seven kills and hit .667 in Illnois’ win over Creighton.
Creighton dropped to 0-34 all-time against ranked teams all-time, including an 0-15 mark vs. top-10 clubs. Jessica Houts and Nayka Benitez were named to the all-tournament team.