Dec. 11, 2013
The Marquette and Creighton women's volleyball teams, the two BIG EAST squads that earned NCAA invitations, were both eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Dec. 7.
Both teams lost to schools that were hosting four-team brackets and both fell by 3-1 scores. Marquette lost at Illinois and Creighton was eliminated at Kansas.
The Golden Eagles won the first set 25-19 before losing the next three sets against the Illini. The Bluejays won the second set in their match with Kansas.
Marquette saw its 15-match winning streak end with the loss to Illinois and finished the season with a 26-6 record. Creighton, which spent six weeks in the national polls, finished its season with a 23-9 record. The 23 wins marked the second highest win total in school history.
Marquette, which was ranked 22nd nationally going into NCAA competition, had swept Louisville 3-0 in the first round. Creighton had defeated Arkansas 3-1 in its first round.
Marquette and Creighton were the two top BIG EAST squads throughout the fall season. The Golden Eagles won the BIG EAST regular-season crown with a 15-1 record with the Bluejays tied for second place. In the BIG EAST Championship final, Marquette prevailed 3-1 over Creighton.
The Golden Eagle and Bluejay rosters also featured some of the BIG EAST's top individual stars. Marquette setter Elizabeth Koberstein was named BIG EAST Player of the Year and was the Most Outstanding Player in the BIG EAST Championship, which Creighton hosted. Middle blocked Meghan Niemann was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection.
For Creighton, middle blocker Kelli Browning and outside hitter Leah McNary were All-BIG EAST First Team picks. Setter Michelle Sicner made the All-BIG EAST Second Team.