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Simpson Records 18 Kills in Loss to Creighton

Sep 20, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — University of Colorado senior Taylor Simpson recorded a match-high 18 kills, but it wasn’t enough as Creighton defeated the CU volleyball team 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-19) on Saturday night in the final match of the Creighton Classic.

Simpson, who was named to her fourth-straight all-tournament team, notched her sixth double-double of the year as she also picked up a team-best 13 digs in the effort. She also led the team with a .306 hitting percentage with seven errors on 36 attacks and added a pair of block assists.

CU recorded 34 kills in the match and was held to a .096 hitting percentage. Gabby Simpson was second for the Buffs with six kills and Neira Ortiz Ruiz was third with five kills.

Kelsey English tied a match-best five blocks to lead CU. The Buffs recorded 7.5 team blocks in the effort. CU also picked up 36 digs in the match. Gabby Simpson was second on the team with 10 digs and Cierra Simpson picked up seven digs.  

Creighton recorded 43 kills on the night and was led by Kelli Browning and Katie Neisler, who each recorded nine kills. Defensively Ashley Janson had 11 digs for the Bluejays and Browning and Lauren Smith each posted five blocks.

The Buffs are now 8-4 as they get ready to start conference play next weekend. This is the 26th straight season CU has finished its non-conference schedule at .500 or above. Creighton improved to 7-6 this season.

Creighton took a 10-4 lead to start the set, forcing CU to take an early timeout. Taylor Simpson recorded a kill out of the break, but Creighton answered with two straight points (12-5). The Buffs continued to chip away at the Bluejays lead, but needed to use another timeout when Creighton was up 19-13. CU got back within five points at 23-18, but it wasn’t enough and Creighton closed the set 25-19.

The Bluejays again took the lead in the second set, going up 7-4. CU used a timeout, but Creighton answered with two more points (9-4). The Buffs got within a point at 13-12 and Taylor Simpson tied the set up with a kill on the following point. Creighton committed an error on the following point to give the Buffs a 14-13 lead. The two teams kept exchanging points until Creighton put together a 4-0 run to take a 20-16 advantage in the set. CU kept fighting, but wasn’t able to slow down the Bluejays as Creighton finished the game 25-20.

Creighton took the lead from the start of the third set. The Buffs got close on several occasions and were within one point at 7-6, but the Bluejays recorded a kill to take back a two-point lead. The two teams battled, but Creighton stayed in front of the Buffs. CU used a timeout at 13-8 to try to slow the Bluejays offense down and it worked for the while as the Buffs got back within three points (16-13). Despite the Buffs best efforts, the Bluejays pulled away and took the set 25-19.

CU heads home to the friendly confines of the Coors Events Center to open Pac-12 Conference play on Sept. 25 against Utah (10-1). The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.