Published Thursday, October 3, 2013 AT 11:35 PM / Updated at 11:35 PM
Big East volleyball capsules
Bluejays Today Omaha World-Herald

A look at the volleyball teams in the Big East

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St. John’s (12-5, 1-0): Sophomore Karin Palgutova had 27 kills on 81 attempts, both career highs, as the Red Storm edged Seton Hall 3-2 in their league opener. She added 11 digs for her fifth double-double. She leads the Big East in kills per set (4.48) and points per set (5.11), and is 16th and 17th in the NCAA in those respective categories.

Marquette (8-4, 1-0): The Golden Eagles are aiming for a 3-0 Big East start this weekend. A win over previously unbeaten DePaul gave coach Bond Shymansky his 100th victory. A freshman, outside hitter Autumn Bailey, fuels the Golden Eagle attack with 4.07 kills per set. Her 29 kills against DePaul are a league high.

Villanova (9-5, 1-0): The Wildcats have won five straight and eight of their past nine matches. They are 5-0 at home. Leading attacker Lauren Carpenter is averaging 3.55 kills per set.

Xavier (8-6, 1-0): A 3-1 upset of Butler ended a four-match skid and gave Xavier its first league win in any sport. Freshman Abbey Bessler had 20 kills and 12 digs, her eighth double-double, and was named the rookie of the week. Alex Smith leads the conference in hitting percentage at .418.

Creighton (9-3, 0-0): Only ranked team at No. 22. The Jays’ .844 winning percentage over the past two years ranks ninth nationally. Kelli Browning leads league with 1.60 blocks per set.

DePaul (13-1, 0-1): Marquette derailed the Blue Demons’ chance at matching the program’s longest win streak with a five-set victory in their Big East opener. DePaul has hit at least .310 in nine of its 14 matches and ranks first in the Big East with a .298 hitting percentage overall.

Butler (12-3, 0-1): Butler ranks seventh in the NCAA with a blocks per set average of 2.91. Twelve of its 16 matches have ended in three sets, and the team is 10-2 when finishing in three. Senior leader Claire Randich suffered a season-ending injury in the home opener.

Georgetown (6-8, 0-1): Outside hitter Lauren Saar leads the Hoyas with 3.05 kills per set, but they are hitting a league-last .163. Georgetown has lost its last three matches.

Seton Hall (5-7. 0-1): The Pirates struggled early after being picked to finish fourth in the league but have won four of their past six matches. Senior Alyssa Warren recently became Seton Hall’s all-time digs leader with 1,954.

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