The Creighton volleyball team continues to make history in multiple ways.
The No. 21 Bluejays rallied to force a fifth set against No. 17 Michigan, and then took control late for a 24-26, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 15-7 win in the Austin Regional semifinals Friday in Austin, Texas.
The Bluejays, who reached the Sweet 16 a year ago, are in the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Their win streak is now 23. Creighton also became the first team in history to open NCAA Tournament play with three straight five-set wins.
"You know, we like the five-setters, clearly," Creighton coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said. "(Michigan) gave us all that we could handle, and we really tried to lock in on (Abby) Cole and (Claire) Kieffer-Wright. I thought we did a pretty good job trying to contain them."
Creighton will play No. 5 Texas (28-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The winner will head to the Final Four.
"I think we're all kind of speechless," Creighton's Lydia Dimke said. "It's just so much fun and we've had such a fun journey and get to play for each other and an amazing coaching staff. We just don't want it to end."
Sophomore outside hitter Jaali Winters finished with 21 kills and 25 digs to lead the Bluejays (29-6). Lincoln Southwest graduate Marysa Wilkinson had 16 kills and three blocks, and Lincoln Pius X graduate Lauren Hill had 15 kills on 23 swings, five digs and five blocks.
Creighton hit .391 for the match, and held Michigan to a .048 hitting clip.
Michigan's season ends at 24-11.