Pirates swept by Creighton in three sets, 3-0Date: October 6, 2019
By: Jorie Mickens
The Seton Hall Pirates' record now sits at 6-12 after losing to the Creighton Bluejays 3-0 Saturday night. The Bluejays entered the game as the number 14th ranked team in the nation, a record of 9-3 and winning 21 consecutive Big East matches.
The Pirates got off to a slow start in set one, trailing the Bluejays 5-2 early in the set, but pulled the Bluejay’s lead to within one when the Pirates trailed 9-8. From that point on, it was very back and forth between the two teams. Later in the set, the Pirates went on a 3-0 run and took a 13-12 lead over the Bluejays. The Pirates led late in the set, 19-18, and were looking to pull away and take set one after a Creighton timeout, but the Bluejays finished the set scoring seven straight points and winning the set 25-19, taking a 1-0 lead in the match.
In set two, the Bluejays continued their run from set one, scoring seven straight points to start set two. The Pirates finally got on the board after a kill by Julia Wilkins, and the Pirates went on a 4- 0 run later in the set, trailing 10-6, and forced Creighton to take a timeout. It was too little too late though as the Pirates never led during set two, the closest being when the trailed 14-10, but the Bluejays took set two 25-16 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Set three was more of the same for the Bluejays. The Pirates could not find their grove in set three, scoring two consecutive points only twice during the set and they allowed three separate 4- 0 runs by the Bluejays during the set. The Pirates only lead during the set was when they led 1-0 and the Bluejays ended up taking the set 25-12 and the match 3-0.
When asked about the tough matchup against the Bluejays, head coach Allison Yaeger said, “When it comes to matches like this, we just have to work on us. It didn’t matter to me what Creighton was doing on the other side of the net, we just needed to work on things that we needed to work on.”
The Pirates play the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday, October 9. When asked about how she was feeling going into the game, Yaeger said, “We’re excited, mid-week matches are always fun, especially when we’re at home. We’re excited to play Georgetown; I think it will be a fun match.”
Julia Wilkins led the Pirates with twelve kills during the match and Maggie Cvelbar led the Pirates with 21 assists during the match. Cvelbar also had two service aces during the match.
The Pirates next match is October 9 in the Walsh Gymnasium against the 11-7 Georgetown Hoyas. Both teams will be searching for their second in-conference win of the season.
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