Volleyball wraps up season in semi-final loss to No. 17 Creighton in BIG EAST tournament



Marysa Wilkinson was one of four Jays to hit .333 or better. Creighton hit .349 as a team to sweep a Villanova squad that had swept the Jays a week earlier.

Erin Gormley

The volleyball team wrapped up their season on Friday against No. 17-rated Creighton in the semi-finals of the BIG EAST tournament in a 3-0 sweep, similar to the match-up a week prior where the Wildcats were victorious. Creighton went on to win their fourth straight BIG EAST title.

Although facing defeat in the BIG EAST, the Wildcats boasted an impressive overall season with a record of 18-12. They also held a record within the conference of 11-7, which is a drastic improvement from the Wildcats record last season of 9-9.

Senior Allie Loitz earned BIG EAST first-team all-conference for the third consecutive year. Loitz, an outside hitter from California, led the team in kill sets this year as well as points per set. Loitz was not the only player on the team to earn honors, with junior Amanda Pedersen-Henry receiving BIG EAST second-team all-conference honors as well. The middle-blocker Pederson-Henry led the team in hitting percentage this past season and was top-15 in the conference for hitting percentage. Both of these players demonstrated an impressive skill set throughout the 2017 season.

Many players earned BIG EAST weekly honor roll awards throughout the season including Loitz, Amanda Pedersen-Henry, Mallory Potts, Remy Fairchild, Regan Lough, and senior Allie Fitzgerald, who earned five spots on the honor roll throughout the season.

Overall, the Wildcats finished the season strong and hopes to continue its success next season amid the loss of seniors Loitz and Fitzgerald who were key members of the team.