“OMAHA, Neb. — A pair of Creighton Volleyball athletes have been honored by the BIG EAST Conference for their play last weekend. Megan Ballenger has been recognized as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, while Keeley Davis brought home BIG EAST Freshman of the Week accolades for a third consecutive week.
Ballenger averaged 2.83 blocks, 1.33 kills and 0.50 digs per set to help Creighton to a pair of 3-0 sweeps and the title at last weekend’s Creighton Classic. The Ankeny, Iowa, native tied her career-high in Thursday’s 3-0 sweep of Wichita State with eight blocks, part of a defensive effort that held Wichita State to .011 hitting. On Saturday, the senior middle blocker set a new career-high with nine blocks in a 3-0 sweep over Wyoming to clinch the Creighton Classic crown. Ballenger surpassed the 300-career block milestone during the weekend and her 310 career rejections are more than her next two active teammates combined.
Davis had the best weekend of her young career, earning All-Tournament Team honors at the Creighton Classic after averaging 3.67 kills, 1.00 digs, 0.83 blocks and 0.67 aces per set on .327 hitting. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native had 12 kills on .409 hitting in Creighton’s 3-0 win over Wichita State on Thursday, adding two blocks, two digs and an ace. She followed that up with 10 kills, four digs, three blocks and three aces in a 3-0 victory over Wyoming in the title match of the Creighton Classic as she hit .273.
Davis surpassed the 100 kill mark in Saturday’s win over Wyoming, tied for the third-quickest player to that milestone in program history. Davis is also one of three players with 10 or more kills in eight (or more) of her first 10 career matches
Davis is just the second player in program history to earn a Freshman of the Week award from the conference office three weeks in a row, joining Jaali Winters from Sept. 28-Oct. 12 during the 2005 season.Ranked 14th nationally, Creighton (7-3) opens defense of its five straight BIG EAST titles this Friday with a 7 p.m. home match vs. Villanova (9-2).”