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Volleyball Sweeps on Day One of Creighton Bluejay Invitational

Ashley Adams records first career double-double

August 24, 2007 · MT Media Relations
Omaha, Neb. - Junior Ashley Adams (Columbus, Ohio) led the Blue Raiders to their second win of the Creighton Bluejay Invitational 3-0 (30-23, 30-28, 30-28) over host Creighton Friday evening in front of a crowd of 1,227.

Adams recorded her first career double-double with 19 kills and 12 digs. She hit .545 with only one error, adding one block solo and three block assists.

"I was proud of them considering that team beat us 3-0 last year," Middle Tennessee head coach Matt Peck said. "It was a big crowd, and it was good for us to play under those circumstances."

Middle Tennessee (2-0) and Creighton (0-1) posted similar numbers, but the Blue Raiders found the floor on 51 of 127 attacks (.236) to the Bluejays' 44 kills on 135 attacks (.148).

In the two teams' second ever meeting, Middle Tennessee looked to upset host Creighton after the Bluejays did the same in three games to the MT last season at the Blue Raider Bash.

The Blue Raiders capitalized on five service errors by the Bluejays in game one breaking the gap open to as many as seven points. Creighton came back within two at the 23-21 mark, but Middle Tennessee pulled away to score five of the team's final seven behind the serving of sophomore Ashley Waugh (Indianapolis, Ind.) to close out the game.

The tables turned in the beginning of game two with the Bluejays going to the right-side to put the ball on the floor. But Middle Tennessee battled back to tie the game up 10 all before holding the lead the rest of the game.

Led by Adams with four kills, the Blue Raiders won in dramatic fashion after a controversial call on game-point, securing game two on an attack error by Creighton's Sarah Schulze.

Game three started out similar to game one before a late surge by Creighton put the team up by as many as five. But Adams was clutch, chalking up 10 kills on 15 attacks. Senior Quanshell Scott (Bakersfield, Calif.) added four, while junior Ashley Asberry (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and sophomore Savannah Pegg (Madison, Ala.) added a pair each.

Defensively, senior Alicia Lemau'u (Long Beach, Calif.) led the team with 17 digs with freshman Izabela Kozon (Warsaw, Poland) adding 15, while Scott had five block assists.

Creighton was led by senior Kelly Goc and junior Jessica Houts, who racked up 12 kills each. Defensively, junior Bianca Rivera had 14 digs, and junior Korie Lebeda tallied a pair of block solos and one block assist.

Middle Tennessee finishes out the Creighton Bluejay Invitational against Stephen F. Austin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Notes:

Freshman Izabela Kozon set a new career-high with 15 digs, besting her personal best of seven digs from earlier in the day against Montana State.

Junior Ashley Adams recorded her first career double-double. Prior to the match, she had never had more than nine digs in a single match.

Adams tallied her second highest number of kills in a three-game match with 19.

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