Megan Bober and Laurel Sanford have been honored by the Missouri Valley Conference as its Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively. Bober averaged 9.43 assists, 2.00 kills, 1.71 digs, 1.71 blocks and 0.29 aces per set as Creighton won road matches at Illinois State and Indiana State. She hit .375 in the process, while also setting the Jays to .274 hitting for the weekend.
On Friday, Bober helped Creighton hand Illinois State its first home loss of the year, as she had 44 assists, nine digs, five blocks and five kills. She also had a season-best two aces, as Creighton avenged a five-set loss in Normal last season. On Saturday, Bober had a career-high with nine kills on season-best .562 hitting in 16 errorless swings. She added 22 assists, seven blocks and three digs as Creighton held the Sycamores to .018 hitting. She also set Creighton to .402 hitting, sixth-best in school history, as the Jays tied a program-record with just four hitting errors. The win was Creighton’s seventh straight on the road, tying another school-record.
This is the first time that Bober has been honored as MVC Player of the Week. Sanford averaged 2.86 kills, 2.14 blocks and 0.71 digs while hitting .372 on the weekend. She had 10 kills, five digs, four blocks and hit .269 in a Creighton win at Illinois State on Friday. Her five digs were a career-high.
She then had her first career double-double at Indiana State on Friday, finishing with 10 kills on 17 swings, hitting .529, while recording 11 blocks. She had four kills and five blocks in the first set, four more blocks in the second set, and four kills and two blocks in the final set.
The 11 blocks for Sanford is the most in any three-set match in the MVC this season. Impressively, nine of her blocks came against Valley kill leader Morgan Dall, who had seven kills against 12 hitting errors and hit -.143 for the night in 35 swings.
Sanford leads the MVC with 1.29 blocks per set, a figure that climbs to 1.48 bps., in MVC play and 1.75 bps., in road matches. Creighton is 30-10 in the sets she has started, but is just 7-12 in the sets in which she does not start.
This is the third time in Sanford’s career that she’s won this award, and second time in three weeks (also Sept. 24, 2010). Second-place Creighton (10-6, 5-1 MVC) returns to action on Friday with a 7 pm match against third-place Missouri State (13-3, 4-1 MVC) at D.J. Sokol Arena.