No. 9 Jays defeat Marquette to win conference title, complete undefeated Big East campaign

No. 9 Jays defeat Marquette to win conference title, complete undefeated Big East campaign
Creighton's Jaali Winters, left, high-fives Brittany Witt during the second set against Marquette. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton clinched the Big East tournament title with a 26-28, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 win over rival Marquette on Saturday evening at D.J. Sokol Arena.

Seniors Jaali Winters and Taryn Kloth both finished with 19 kills lead the way for the Jays, who finished a perfect 20-0 against league foes on the year. CU won the regular season and tournament championships for the fifth straight year.

Creighton (28-4) had to go through a motivated Marquette team to do it Saturday. And the Golden Eagles, who’ve tested CU more than any other conference team during this remarkable run, certainly started strong. They clinched a back-and-forth opening set with three straight points.

But Winters helped CU seize control of the second set. The third set turned at 19-19 when junior Madelyn Cole stepped to the service line and secured four straight points for No. 9 Creighton.

The Jays, in control for most of the fourth game, closed out the match when Kloth smacked a kill off a Golden Eagles blocker.

The win over No. 19 Marquette (26-6) strengthened CU’s postseason profile — the Jays hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament for the first time last year, and they hope to be picked to do it again. The selection committee will reveal the 64-team field at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.

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